Teacher Workshops

Curriculum set out on table at teacher workshop.

Discover Nature Schools (DNS) lessons engage students through hands-on, outside activities. Students look forward to these lessons, and over a third of teachers report a decrease in student behavior issues on the days they taught DNS.

After using the DNS program, a teacher said, “I have never had a class as excited about learning science as the one I have taught this year using this curriculum.” Another teacher said, “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.”

Not only are students excited about the program, but they are also learning and retaining information. Students’ test scores improved by 25 percent while using the DNS program.

Attend a DNS 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 DNS curriculum in your lessons for students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade, and find out how to apply for grants.

Teacher Workshops

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Course Location DNS Unit Dates
Discover Nature Unleashed August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Nature Unleashed 03/21/2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
DNS Nature Unleashed (3-5) Teacher Training Change Academy Lake Of The Ozarks Nature Unleashed 03/24/2023 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Kindergarten: DNS Teacher Training, Bears Through the Season (SW MO Area) Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center DNS Kindergarten 03/24/2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Discover Nature Fishing Teacher Workshop Change Academy Lake Of The Ozarks Discover Nature Fishing 03/24/2023 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Nature Unhooked Teacher Workshop Change Academy Lake Of The Ozarks Nature Unhooked 03/31/2023 - 8:00am to 11:30pm
Nature Unbound Teacher Certification Workshop Change Academy Lake Of The Ozarks Nature Unbound 03/31/2023 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Hybrid Training Class For Teachers St James Recreational Center
Saint James
MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) 04/01/2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Making Plants into Rope Lost Valley Hatchery 04/10/2023 - 9:30am to 10:30am
S'mores for the Standards Lost Valley Hatchery 04/10/2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Discover Nature Schools: Nature Unhooked 6th-8th grade Lost Valley Hatchery Nature Unhooked 04/10/2023 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Hunter Education for Classroom Teachers Lost Valley Hatchery Hunter Education 04/10/2023 - 3:00pm to 7:30pm
Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Hybrid Training Branson RecPlex
MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) 04/11/2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Kindergarten: Bears Through the Seasons Teacher Training Wood Elem. DNS Kindergarten 04/20/2023 - 8:30am to 11:30am
Discover Nature Fishing Shaw Nature Reserve
Gray Summit
Discover Nature Fishing 05/09/2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR (BAI) HYBRID TRAINING Republic High MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) 05/13/2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Basic Archery Instructor Training (BAI) Hybrid Field Day Caruthersville High MO National Archery in the Schools Programs (MoNASP) 05/23/2023 - 8:00am to 11:45am
Discover Nature Fishing Educator Workshop Caruthersville High Discover Nature Fishing 05/23/2023 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Discover Nature Fishing Training for Educators Bellefontaine Conservation Area Discover Nature Fishing 06/08/2023 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Discover Nature Fishing Training Teacher Workshop Oak Ridge High Discover Nature Fishing 06/23/2023 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor Training Columbia Bottom Hunter Education 06/28/2023 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Discover Nature Schools-Nature Unleashed Teacher Certification Columbia Bottom Nature Unleashed 06/29/2023 - 9:30am to 2:30pm