The Jay Henges Range begins its extended hours for public shooting.
•The ranges are closed to public shooting on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and on state holidays.
April 1 through November 30
•Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
•Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
•Friday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
•Shooting during public hours is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The extremely popular 5-Stand Sporting Clays is back and scheduled today and every Wednesday through October 26th.
What is 5-Stand Sporting Clays?
Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of gamebirds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.
5-Stand is a condensed version of sporting clays. This game uses 6-8 automatic traps. 5-stand courses present targets in a variety of combinations to challenge the shooter. Targets are single target, report pairs, and true or simultaneous pairs.
A squad of five shooters can move from station to station with a predetermined menu of shots and combinations, or in a sequence unknown to the shooters.
Trap locations, target angles, and speed at individual stations may be changed from time to time, it is difficult for shooters to "groove in" as they might in trap or skeet.
Nature is a wonderful source of artistic inspiration! Drop in Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm to view volunteer naturalist, Angie Jungbluth's beautiful water color pieces. Angie finds that art deepens her sense of connection with the natural world and helps observers notice more detail. For more information call Columbia Bottom CA at 314-877-6014.
(10 and up)
Reifsnider State Forest is worth the drive! Come find out why on a naturalist-led hike as we explore the forest and the unique Charrette Creek. To register or for more information please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
This program will teach what to do with the deer after the shot. We will cover all the aspects of field dressing, safe knife handling, and tools you need to properly prepare your venison for the freezer. We will also cover proper packaging techniques and may go over some cooking methods. Program will take place in the Busch CA. Dress for the weather. Children 11- 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
(10 and up)
Escaping to the great outdoors does wonders for your health physically and mentally so switch up your routine and take your cardio outside! Join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week!Reservations begin Sept 20 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
(Ages 11 and up)
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Reservations begin September 19)
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation's Nature Journaling group as we explore some of Missouri's native birds in the Saint Louis Zoo's 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage! We will first meander through the Flight Cage to observe the birds and discuss a little of their story - their role in Missouri's ecosystems. Then we will focus on a brief lesson, which will include how to quickly sketch the birds. Yes they move - and yes it may be a challenge, but there are techniques that you can employ to help capture as much as possible in your journal. Additional techniques will be discussed to help participants add useful information on their journal pages to create fun and vibrant entries. NOTE: If it is raining, we will meet inside the Bird House which is an enclosed building - and separate from the Flight Cage. Space is limited, so please register at: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area at (636) 441-4554.
(Ages 16 and up)
This women's program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session then move to the range for a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. (Reservations begin September 22)
(Ages 3–6) What are these special reptiles doing as they begin to prepare for fall’s chilly weather? We will play a game to help us understand the struggles of being a turtle. Touch tables and a hike are also included. (Reservations begin Sept 23 by calling 314-301-1500).Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
(Ages 21 and up)
Who says kids get to have all the fun?! Let your inner child out at this adult only camp where you’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills. Leave all your adult responsibilities at home and get on the camp roster!Reservations begin Sept 19 and can made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Come join our experts and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up.)Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin Sept. 8 by calling 636-441-4554.)Reserve by Oct 05, 2016
(All ages) Our Scout Discovery Tables help Scouts earn portions of badges relating to nature or wildlife. October's program offers specimens of various plants and animals that are poisonous or venomous, and take-home informational brochures. Discovery Tables are open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the general public. (No reservations are necessary.)
(Ages 8 to Adult)
Reservations begin Oct 1
Charge your phone and load up on pokey balls in preparation for a group hike at Busch. You’re bound to hatch an egg or two and possibly catch new Pokémon! Reservations begin Oct 3 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
We will demonstrate the steps necessary to make deer meat into sausage and burger. We will also discuss the needed supplies and equipment. You'll learn tips on how to store your tasty venison sausage and burger once it is prepared. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email email@example.com (Reservations begin September 27)Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
(Adults) Create a take-home autumn craft using tree cookies. Learn about the identification of the trees of Missouri. There is a short hike at the end for those who are interested. All supplies will be provided to create the craft. (Reservations begin Sept 28 by calling 314-301-1500.)Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
Are you prepared if an emergency happens during an outdoor adventure? This class will teach the basic survival necessities when stranded, lost, or injured, in the woods. Our experts will go over finding food, water purification, shelter, and other aspects that will help you survive. You must attend part one, on Wednesday, in order to attend part two. Class will be held at the August A. Busch CA regional office classroom. (Ages 9 and up.)Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 12 by calling 636-441-4554.)Reserve by Oct 09, 2016
(Ages 0-3) It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the wonders of nature, and fall is a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age. (Reservations begin Sept 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)Reserve by Oct 07, 2015
(Ages 7-12)Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls are magnificent and highly specialized birds that we call raptors. Learn what makes these birds of prey both masters of flight and supreme hunters, and find out why it is so important that we protect these predators. (Reservations begin Sept 29. Please call 636-458-2236.)Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
(Age 11 to adult) Watch the MDC Wild Webcast: The Fight Against Chronic Wasting Disease broadcast on the full screen in the company of others at Powder Valley on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. (Reservations begin immediately by calling 314-301-1500.)Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
(Ages 10 & Up)
New to town? Looking to explore the great outdoors more in your own backyard? Join MDC Naturalist at REI as we introduce August A. Busch Conservation Area and why it should be one of your go to outdoor spots! To register, please visit www.REI.com/StLouis
Youth Orienteering & Geocaching
October 14 • Friday • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Ages 10 - 14)
Old school meets technology today as we introduce you to orienteering. We’ll start by learning to navigate through the park with map and compass. Students will then set their own course for others to follow. After taking a break for lunch we will pursue Geocaching. In a world of smartphones, GPS is used to get us almost anyplace we want to be. Learn to “cache” as we make and hide our own geocache. Technology can definitely take us almost anywhere, yet you might find that old school methods are sometimes the most reliable. Participants should bring a sack lunch, water bottle and dress to be outdoors for the day. Completed release/waiver must be received before participating. (Reservations begin September 23 by calling Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at 314-877-6014.)
(Ages 11 and up)
Come join our experts and learn the art of atlatl. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting deer in Missouri. Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Reservations begin October 1)
(10 and up)
The August A. Busch Memorial CA is more than just a great fishin’ hole! Come explore one of our many beautiful trails on a Naturalist-led hike. Registration begins Sept 19 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
(Adults) Did you ever wonder how soap was originally discovered and made? Learn the basics of making soap, the role wildlife played in the historic process, and how it differs today. Try your hand at making different soaps, including insect-repellant bars. (Reservations begin Sept 30. Please call 636-458-2236.)