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Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation

Our Mission is to protect and manager the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

Within the Kansas City metro, we operate the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center and Burr Oak Woods Nature Centers which provide free nature exhibits, school programs and free public programs on a wide variety of nature programming including natural history of native plants and animals and outdoor skills such as archery, hunter education and fishing. Both have paved and natural surface trails, picnic tables and restrooms.

Our Lake City and Parma Woods Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Centers provide safe, low cost shooting ranges for public use as well as free classes on safe firearm use and maintenance, entry level how-to hunt and hunter education.

James A. Reed, Guy B. Park, Platte Falls and Cooley Lake Conservation Areas are all managed by the Department and have a variety of wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities. Each site is different with some having wheelchair accessible archery ranges and fishing opportunities. There are a variety of managed hunt opportunities within the metro including hunts specifically for those with disabilities. Do you permanently rely on a wheelchair? You are guaranteed a spot in one of two area managed hunts if mail in a written request by July 31 each year. Details can be found in our Fall Deer and Turkey Regulations and Information booklet. The 2020 information can be found here.

Organizations working with individuals who have mobility issues can also borrow a set of track chairs for any nature related activities. Whether bird watching, hunting or fishing these chairs will take users almost anywhere.

Contact us

For Information on area facilities, events, conservation areas and managed hunts
mdc.mo.gov or contact our regional office.

Kansas City Regional Office:
12405 SE Ranson Rd., Lee’s Summit MO 64082
816-622-0900
kcregion@mdc.mo.gov

Track Chair group use:
Nathan Woodland - Parma Woods Range Manager
816-891-9941
Nathan.woodland@mdc.mo.gov


June 2021

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Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Outdoor Skills: Camping 101 (Mo Dept. of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (all ages)
Camping is a fun way to unplug and spend time together as a family. From car camping at your local campground to a remote backcountry experience, there is something for everyone. Join our seasoned staff to learn about what equipment and skills you need to start camping today.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

No Boundaries Fishing Event

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a special fishing event for local anglers with special needs at the Prairie Hollow Education Lake at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. This is a free event, but space is limited. All equipment bait along with staff and volunteers to help anglers fish, identify their catch and get their photo taken will be provided. After fishing lunch will be provided. Care givers and/or families of participants must provide transportation to this event and are welcome to participate. Fishing permits are not required for individuals to fish during this event.

FREE, but registration required by emailing John.Rittel@mdc.mo.gov by Friday, June 4

Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Little Acorns (Missouri Department of Conservation)

FREE but registration is required (ages 3-8)

Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE:
ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Shotgun - Trap: Introduction to Trap (Mo Dept. of Conservation)

FREE but registration required (ages 11+)
This program is designed for those who have 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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Lizards: the Forgotten Reptile

FREE, but Registration required (all ages)
REGISTER HERE: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177705

Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

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