Missouri Department of Conservation is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

Little Acorns: Virtual: Life in Miniature

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins September 1 (ages 3–6)

Imagine if you shrunk yourself on the forest floor! Who would you meet and what would they be like? Find out what happens when we “shrink” a naturalist and see what they discover in the hidden, miniature world that lives beneath our feet.

Babes in the Woods: Virtual: Life in Miniature

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins September 1 (ages 0–2)

Imagine if you shrunk yourself on the forest floor! Who would you meet and what would they be like? Find out what happens when we “shrink” a naturalist and see what they discover in the hidden, miniature world that lives beneath our feet.

Birds: Discovering Missouri Doves Virtual Program

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Many people have heard the soft coo of doves along the edges of fields and forests in Missouri during early mornings or in the evening. These quiet, eerie calls lend the name “mourning” to these birds. However, they are not the only dove in our state. In this virtual program you will learn about three common species of dove that can be found in Missouri. 

Firearm Optics: Virtual Learning: Optics Familiarization 

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us for a virtual online program to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and hot to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Native Plants: Virtual: Gardening for Pollinators

Register by September 25

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)

Winter is not even here yet, but some of us are already planning next year’s garden. Would you like to see more bees and butterflies in your yard? We will look at plants to include and some other techniques that may increase insect interest.

Native Plants: Virtual Program: Cooking with Wild Edibles

Register by September 30

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration begins September 1 (12+)

Fall is a fantastic time for foraging. We’ll discuss some yummy forest finds as well as the importance of ethical, informed collecting. Then, we will make something sweet to eat! While you won’t be able to taste our treats, we’ll show you how to make your own, step by step.

Outdoor Cooking: Outdoor Cooking for Camping and Hiking

Register by September 29

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Join us to learn how to cook outdoors whether stationary camping or on the move. This virtual event will cover basic fire making methods, cooking utensils for the outdoors, food options, and cooking demonstrations.

Trees: Trees and Vines of Fall Color

Register by October 1

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Trees & Vines of Fall Color

A little tree id in the Ozarks. We will cover the details of two colorful vines and

eight trees typical along an Ozark Trail in Southwest Missouri.

A great introduction to students of all ages whether homeschooled, scout leaders for ideas or beginning naturalists. Questions will be discussed in a chat box fashion. Join Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell for a naturalist look at just a few things that make the Ozarks great!

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