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Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

The Junior Duck Stamp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the talents and environmental stewardship of young people throughout the United States. This competition was open to student’s kindergarten through high school to create artwork depicting North American waterfowl. First place winners from each state advance to the national competition. The final champion artwork will be produced as the National Junior Duck Stamp for 2018. Take a few moments this fall to view the artwork of these talented youth. The display will be at Burr Oak Woods in September.

Register by September 25

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, 8-11 accompanied by an adult, 12+ years, without an adult will need to complete a permission form. Accompanying adults must also register). Let’s Explore! Glades are interesting ecosystems that sustain curious creatures. We will carpool to Painted Rock Conservation Area where we will explore the rugged but beautiful terrain of a natural glade habitat. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, and a snack.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months with an adult)
Splash on down to the creek to learn about aquatic critters! We will take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek and explore this special watery world. Registration required for attending youngster only. Participants will meet at the Bethany Falls pavilion, dress to get wet and muddy (no swimsuits or opened toed shoes). Bring a towel and/or change of clothes.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin September 10
Black bears are Missouri’s largest omnivore and are making a comeback in our state. Come learn the “bear necessities” about sharing bear country with its wild inhabitants.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
In a single bound, you can see them leap a tall fence, flash white in the blink of an eye, snort, grunt, and stamp their feet. Calling all little “dears” to learn about the life of a white-tailed deer.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 8 and up)
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find at Rockwoods Reservation this fall. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends.

We will supply binoculars and field guides; however, you may bring your own if you prefer. Dress comfortably for a 1 mile hike and bring bug repellent.

For this class, please register all adults and children who will be attending.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever seen a parakeet or a passenger pigeon in the wild? While your answer is “no” since these birds are now extinct, they were once common in Missouri. Discover the stories behind the loss of these birds because “forgetting is another kind of extinction.” Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes are fed Friday September 28.

Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing David George Haskell’s book, The Forest Unseen A Year’s Watch in Nature. This biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of old-growth forest–a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+ years, children 12-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Fly-fishing isn’t just for trout! Here’s your chance to learn basic fly-fishing techniques while catching bluegill (catch-and-release only) at County Park Lake in Jefferson City. Bring your fishing license (16+), water bottle, and your lucky fishing hat! Meet at the blue Runge tent at County Park Lake. All fly-fishing equipment will be provided.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

Location:

Girls Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Bennett Springs State Park to hike the Natural Tunnel Trail. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 7.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with rocks and/or roots.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting arrows with the compound bow. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up. All of the equipment will be provided. An adult must accompany participants under 15

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:15am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins September 1. Explore the Homesteaders Trail on the Henning Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately four miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Beginning Birding
September 29 • Saturday • 9-11 a.m.
(Ages 6 and up)
Reservations begin September 1.
Ever wonder what kinds of birds you’re seeing or hearing? Join us for a birding hike and learn identify our feathered friends by sight and sound (binoculars are provided). Dress for the outdoors, and meet at the Columbia Bottom visitor center.

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