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Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 8:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Summer programs are offered June through August. To request a program brochure and application, please e-mail Marissa Ginger at Marissa.Ginger@mdc.mo.gov.
Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 8:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 8:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It’s time to break out the point-and-shoot, dust off the DSLR, or polish up the cell phone camera.

Our theme for this year is “A Year in Color” and we’re inviting you to join our celebrations as we host a photography contest.

Submit your photo(s) that best represent color and nature in Missouri for the chance to have your photo displayed in the nature center during the month of October. All photos must be taken between January 1 and September 1, 2022 and submitted prior to 5:00pm Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Submissions will be judged by MDC staff and volunteers within the following categories:

Children up to 12 years old

Children 13-17 years old

Adults 18+

Professional photographers

Age categories are based on the person’s age at the time the photo was taken, and professional photographers are defined as someone consistently compensated for their photography work.

First and second place photos from each category, as well as honorable mentions, will be mounted and displayed as part of our temporary art exhibit during October. Each photo will include an identification card with the photographer’s name and the location and date the photo was taken. Photos will not be used by the Department beyond the specified exhibit and will be returned to the photographer at the end of the exhibit. Photos can be submitted via email, USB drive, or other data storage device and should be no less than 2100x2100 pixels. Photos submitted via email should be sent to CapeNC@mdc.mo.gov titled “Photo contest + last name + category”.

Please contact the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center if you have any questions.

Date: Monday, May 2, 2022 8:00 am - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
An exhibit of photography by Robert Charity will be on display for the month of May at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Robert loves exploring the Missouri Ozarks region and the exhibit contains many landscape and nature images taken during these trips. On particular emphasis will be the beautiful Ozarks rivers and streams on which he is often found with his kayak and camera. He most enjoys capturing misty sunrise images which will be well represented in the exhibit. Roberts’s work has been published in Backpacker, County, Modern Times, and Digital Photo magazines.
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 2:00 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (May 11 & 25).
Registration period: May 2 - May 28
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:30 pm - Sunday, May 29, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: May 2 - May 28
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:30 pm - Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: May 12 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Monarchs are beautiful butterflies that visit our flower gardens every summer, but did you know they go on an amazing journey? Join us for a sepecial storytime this month as we learn about monarch butterflies and the Missourians for Monarchs program. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick their bead up at the nature center after the program.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: April 1 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:30 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
This session will focus on other methods of cooking fish. We will discuss smoking, canning, pickling, and salting to name a few.
Registration period: April 28 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Online only

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: April 21 - May 24
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.
Registration period: April 28 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: April 12 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park- Lily Pond Shelter

Session 1 of 2- registration is NOT required for both sessions.

Did someone say invasive!? Uh-oh, that’s not good. Tower Grove Park has a crazy problem- a crayfish problem! Let’s use the opportunity to learn about native and invasive crayfish to Missouri and practice trapping for science, while we help staff manage the garden.

Session 1 covers native vs invasive crayfish and trap setting. Session 2 covers trap recovery and some citizen science. Both are hands-on experiences!
Registration period: April 12 - May 25
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 9:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Tower Grove Park- Lily Pond Shelter

Session 2 of 2- registration is NOT required for both sessions.

Did someone say invasive!? Uh-oh, that’s not good. Tower Grove Park has a crazy problem- a crayfish problem! Let’s use the opportunity to learn about native and invasive crayfish to Missouri and practice trapping for science, while we help staff manage the garden.

Session 1 covers native vs invasive crayfish and trap setting. Session 2 covers trap recovery and some citizen science. Both are hands-on experiences!
Registration period: May 1 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Camping might sound in-tents but a Little Acorn’s camping trip is sure to be a good time! Join us as we pack a bag and head out to the campsite to learn more about this fun outdoor activity! Registration required. Ages 0-2 years.
Registration period: March 18 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Golds, greens, yellows, browns, and maybe an orange, peach, or red.

In celebration of "A Year in Color" Cape Nature Center is offering a monthly class focused on dyeing fiber with materials you can find and harvest nearby. Each month we’ll explore a new plant (or mushroom), how and when it can be harvested, and how it can be used to create a natural palette. This program is intended for anyone interested in dyeing with natural materials regardless of experience level; attendance every month is not required. At the end of the series you’ll have the opportunity to create something with the fiber you’ve dyed.

For May our feature plant is common milkweed. We will take time during this class to harvest milkweed; however, the area we'll harvest from is accessible from a sidewalk. Because this program goes over the lunch hour you are welcome to bring your own bag lunch.

All materials will be supplied including fiber. However, if you prefer to bring your own fiber we'll dye up to100g additional animal-based fiber.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollination animals, such as bees, bats, beetles, birds and more! Join us to learn about Missouri’s pollinating species! Registration is required with a valid email. Program link will be sent to registered email the day of the program.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 5:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters
Fishing is a fun, exciting, and a great way to get outdoors! And wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use our own lure to do it? Join us for an opportunity to paint your own fishing lure any color you’d like, or even paint 2 or 3! Then while we let the paint dry, we will head out to the kid’s pond and spend some time fishing with worms for sunfish, bass, and catfish.
Registration period: May 1 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
If you want to grow native plants without a big commitment of time and space, try container gardening. It is also a way to use native plants as an attractive accent to an already beautiful garden. Runge Naturalist Austin Lambert will share his expertise on container gardening. In the second part of his presentation, Austin will introduce iNaturalist, a free phone app that helps with insect identification. Is the caterpillar you spy eating your new flowers an "Oh no!" or an "I’m so excited!” situation? iNaturalist will help you decide. This program is part of Runge Nature Center's new monthly series, Amazing Native Gardens. Registration required. Ages 14+
Registration period: April 5 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Lesson 2 is part of the Discover Nature-Fishing Lesson series. Lesson 2 is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 7 and older.

Registration period: April 15 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn more about the amazing frogs of our state! We'll hit the trails to look for some wild frogs. Please come dressed for the weather. We'll move indoors if the weather is bad. Ages 7-12.
Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 7:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: April 15 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 8:15 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore Paddy Creek Wilderness with a naturalist. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate in difficultly. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: March 18 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 8:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest as we hike along the mighty Mississippi River on the east loop of the Peewah Trail at Trail of Tears State Park. This trail is 3.1 miles long and rated as intermediate. Ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

We will meet at the Cape Nature Center at 8:30 am and ride together in our passenger van. If you would like to drive yourself, please let Cameron know at Cameron.Johnston@mdc.mo.gov or by calling 573-290-5218. Parking may be limited. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items. Will be cancelled is poor weather.

Registration period: April 15 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Grab your trail-ready stroller or other baby carrier and let's explore the trail with the little ones. We will see what the spring rains have brought for us to enjoy. Ages 0-2.