Conservation education programs engage students through hands-on, outside activities. Students get excited about lessons that connect them to nature, and research shows a decrease in student behavior issues on the days students are engaged in conservation education.

Attend an MDC teacher workshop to receive training on how to improve conservation education in your Missouri classroom, home-school class, or youth group. Learn how to incorporate our curriculum in your lessons for students in grades pre-K through 12, and find out how to apply for grants and equipment loans.


“I have never had a class as excited about learning science as the one I have taught this year using this curriculum.” — DNS teacher


“As a teacher and Missouri taxpayer, I think that the Department of Conservation and all of the educational support it provides is, by far, the best use of my tax dollars.” — DNS teacher

Upcoming Workshops

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Workshop MDC Office Other Location Name DNS Unit or MDC Program Dates
Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Training: Hybrid Online/In-Person Immaculate Conception Archery Range
Jefferson City
MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) -
Hunter Education Instructor Certification for Teachers Lost Valley Hatchery Hunter Education -
Discover Nature Fishing Teacher Workshop Mark Twain Elem. Discover Nature Fishing -
Discover Nature Fishing Shaw Nature Reserve
Gray Summit
Discover Nature Fishing -
DNS Nature Unhooked Middle School Aquatic Unit Powder Valley Nature Center Nature Unhooked -
Discover Nature-Fishing: Teacher Workshop Dewey Short Visitors Center
Discover Nature Fishing -
Discover Nature Schools - Nature Unleashed Shaw Nature Reserve
Gray Summit
Nature Unleashed -
Discover Nature Fishing Festus Chrystal City Conservation Club
Discover Nature Fishing -
Discover Nature Fishing Training - Teacher Workshop Caldwell Memorial Wildlife Area
Discover Nature Fishing -
DNS: Nature Unbound (Grades 9-12) Teacher Workshop Reeds Spring High Nature Unbound -