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Registration period: November 27 - December 28
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:30 am - Friday, December 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Registration period: October 27 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the natural world is as easy as opening a book! This naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: October 27 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Native plants are crucial for wildlife as they prepare for winter. Native plants are not only food sources for birds and mammals, but they also provide overwintering habitat for most of our native insects. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds to observe some of these plant/insect relationships. Bring your questions about your own native plantings and learn how you can help the wildlife in your own yard during the winter months. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 1 - December 2
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.

Registration period: November 15 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (families)

Learning how to attract a variety of birds to your backyard can be a rewarding and fun way to make those winter blues flutter away. Join us in our warm and cozy solarium as we learn about Missouri’s winter backyard birds. Plus, stick around for a suet making demonstration!
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

There’s a gift from a wild animal waiting for you! The wildlife of Missouri sure are generous. From other animals to us humans, wildlife knows just what the best gift is! They can sing, they share their things, they help us grow trees. There are more ways than one how the critters around us give the gifts and we give back!
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

There’s a gift from a wild animal waiting for you! The wildlife of Missouri sure are generous. From other animals to us humans, wildlife knows just what the best gift is! They can sing, they share their things, they help us grow trees. There are more ways than one how the critters around us give the gifts and we give back!
Registration period: November 15 - December 7
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+ youngsters 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pinecones, and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own WREATH FRAME to attach greenery and decorations.
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+ youngsters 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pinecones, and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own WREATH FRAME to attach greenery and decorations.
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will be carving a Balsa crankbait. Materials will be provided for you to carve a blank during class. Some additional supplies will be needed for finishing your lure following class. A list of materials and instructions will be provided.
Registration period: November 1 - December 7
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults; 17+)

The MR 340 is the world’s longest non-stop paddling race taking participants 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles, Missouri. The MR 340 is run by Rivermiles in support of Missouri River Relief, a non-profit organization founded to engage individuals and communities along the Missouri River in exploration, recreation, education and stewardship.

Yes, this a race across the state of Missouri, but it is SO much more! It is an intimate glimpse into one of our most amazing natural resources! Paddling these 340 miles will forever change your relationship with this river and will build stronger understanding of your connection with our natural resources.

JOIN US FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE 3-PART WORKSHOP LED BY MULTIPLE TIME MR 340 FINISHERS THAT WILL REVEAL SOME OF THE SECRETS OF THIS PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCE.

Part 1: Are you curious about the MR340?

We will cover the following in Part 1:

History or the river and the race; Type of boat/single or team; How to prepare; What to take with you and what to leave at home; Dangers on the river – real and perceived; Weather; Day paddle/night paddle; Goals, plans and more plans; Sleeping; Choosing your ground crew; Ramp volunteers; Community involvement; Nature along the river;

Part 2: Day float mid-to late spring

Part 3: Night Float late June
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Our staff are often asked about details of hunting with handguns. Attend this session to get some answers on how to get started in handgun hunting this year. Learn from our experienced instructors about wildlife identification, habits and habitats, regulations, safety, hunting strategies, equipment, and game care. Attend this class to increase your success in the field.
Registration period: October 27 - December 9
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 8+) No other birds can do exactly what they can! Join Paige with the Missouri River Bird Observatory to learn how woodpeckers are built for excavating cavities. You won't want to miss out on these amazing adaptations. We will also discuss how to identify the different species of woodpeckers in Missouri and where you can find them.
Registration period: November 1 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those with little to no experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Registration period: November 10 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn all about catching feisty winter trout and catch a few for dinner.

We'll start the morning off with a trout fishing lesson in the class room at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean trout. Then we'll head down to Honker Pond to try our luck catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family are welcome to attend and learn along with the kids.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits

or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forecast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Each child that attended the program must be registered separately. Contact instructor for assistance with registration.
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Shooting a modern muzzleloader is safe, fun and can help extend your hunting season. In this class, our certified instructors will teach you everything you need to know to get started using them today. Course topics will include the various equipment options, muzzleloader safety, shooting fundamentals and more.
Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 22 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Brrrr its cold, but did you know humans aren’t the only ones who love to sleep more in the winter than summer. Missouri is home to a few animals known as hibernators. Join us and find out more about hibernation and the critters that do so.
Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
With literally thousands of options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right scope for you. In this seminar, we will talk about how to go about selecting the right optic for you, options for mounting it, and how to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.
Registration period: October 28 - December 10
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 8:00 am - Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

Any outdoorsman can ID trees with their leaves on, but bona fide tree nerds can even identify them in the winter. Join Community Forester Chuck Conner as he teaches how to identify trees when they’re “naked”. Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of tree identification including leaf shapes, arrangements, buds, twig, fruit, bark, form, position in the landscape, and other characteristics used to identify trees. Students will learn how to use reference books and keys to help identify trees in both a classroom setting and in the field. Special emphasis will be given to the identification of native deciduous trees in their “leaf-off” or dormant condition using species specific characteristics and keys. Please wear clothing appropriate for going outdoors for approximately one hour. Workshop is free, but a Missouri winter tree key needs to be purchased for $5.

Required references: A Key to Missouri Trees in Winter, Cliburn, and Wallace. Available through the Missouri Department of Conservation for $5.00. Copies will be available for purchase before the workshop at Burr Oak Woods Nature Shop. Key to Trees of Missouri by Don Kur, will be provided by instructor day of workshop.
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: October 27 - December 16
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.