Missouri residents can learn more about the outdoors without leaving their homes thanks to a number of virtual nature classes being offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation and staff members with the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center near Joplin, Missouri.
The programs are free but require registration. Those wishing to register should click on the links below and must provide an email address so that course links can be sent. Registered participants will be able to log in 10 minutes prior to the starting time of each class.
Online nature classes include:
— River Fishing: Bass is scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m. July 7. The class will show viewers how to fish for bass in Missouri streams. Topics will include locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations. To register, visit https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173634.
— Reading the River will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. July 9. This class will show participants the skills needed to assess the safety of a stream and make good decisions about how, when and if floating is a good idea. Registration can be initiated by visiting https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173635.
— Intro to Missouri Butterflies will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. July 9. Participants can learn how to identify several species of butterflies frequently seen in the region, along with butterfly life cycles, native plants that attract butterflies and more. To register, visit https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173632.
For more information about any of these programs, click the links above or contact the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center by calling 417.629.3434.