Events

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 01, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 30, 2016 07:30 pm

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.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 06, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 26, 2016 07:00 pm

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.

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 25, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 25, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3–6) Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We’ll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt! (Reservations begin August 11 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 24, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 25, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 25, 2016 09:00 pm

This is an introduction course to duck hunting how to have a successful hunt. Class will cover habitat, migration patterns, hunting opportunities, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, waterfowl identification and more. This program will take place at the August A. Busch CA classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin July 26 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. (Reservations begin August 13.)

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:30 am - Aug 27, 2016 09:30 am

(12 and up)
The August A. Busch Memorial CA is more than just a great fishin’ hole! The area has many great trails and wildlife viewing opportunities just waiting to be explored. Join us for a Naturalist led 2-mile hike on the scenic Busch Hiking/Biking Trail. This relatively flat and easy going hike offers beautiful wooded scenery and close up exploration of old TNT storage bunkers from the early 1940’s!Reservations begin Aug 15, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 25, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 30, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 30, 2016 08:30 am

(12 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! Every Tuesday morning for the month of August join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week! Reservations begin July 26, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 28, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 30, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 30, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 6 and up) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other staying put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them. (Reservations begin August 16 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 29, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Edcucation Center
Date: Aug 31, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 31, 2016 08:00 pm

This program is designed to teach the basics of duck calling. We will cover holding the call, controlling the air flow, and making basic sounds. Also covered will be basic calling techniques and sounds used in hunting situations. Bring your call that you will be using in the blind. This program will take place at the August A. Busch Conservation Area Regional Office classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin August 1 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 28, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 01, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 01, 2016 08:00 pm

This is the time of year to start brushing-up on your deer calling skills. This class offers the opportunity to understand how deer communicate. Learn how to make the calls that will attract deer closer to your stand, blind, or viewing platform. We will discuss the four basic deer calls that can be used during the time of the rut. Bring a notebook, a pen and any calls you may have. This class will be held in the classrooms at the Busch Conservation Area. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult (Reservations begin August 1 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 29, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 09:00 am

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Aug 31, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Aug 31, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 07, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 2-6)Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Make sure to dress for the weather because we won’t be in the building long. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. (In case of inclement weather the program will be indoors and may be shortened.) (Reservations begin Aug 23 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 06, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 08, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 7–12) Join the fun as we celebrate the Monarch butterfly with games, crafts, and ways to attract them. Learn about the magnificent migration and the magical lifestyle of this dainty insect. (Reservations begin Aug 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 08, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3–6) Isn’t it amazing that one tiny acorn can grow into such an enormous oak tree? Join us as we investigate the life of the oak tree and its importance in the forest. Dress for the weather, because we will also go for a hike to search for these trees – from acorn to oak! We will have a story and a craft, too. (Reservations begin Aug 25 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 02:00 pm - Sep 08, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages) Join the webcast at Powder Valley and learn about black bears. Presenters Jeff Beringer, resource scientist, and Alan Leary, wildlife management coordinator, will discuss bears in Missouri and how you can Be Bear Aware. No reservations required.

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 09, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 09, 2016 11:30 am

(Adults) Our book club meets every other month to discuss an important work of fiction or nonfiction related to the natural world. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery, is an inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail, at 67 years old! Start reading, and we will see you soon! (Reservations begin Aug 26 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: LaBarque Creek
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 01:00 pm

(Adults only)
Join us for a 3 mile hike on one of our newest Conservation Areas, LaBarque Creek. We will see LaBarque Creek, for which the area is named, and then hike to the highest point in the area before returning to the parking lot. We will visit several small sandstone glades and sandstone outcrops that have been exposed by intermittent streams. For reservations please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

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 August 10 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 10, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 11, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 11, 2016 03:00 pm

It's never too early to get your kiddos hooked on fishing! Join our expert fisherman to learn all the fishing basics and make lasting memories as your child catches their first fish! All gear will be provided. To register please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Weldon Springs Interpretive Site
Date: Sep 12, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 12, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 8-Adult)
Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about flight patterns, Monarch behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight. No reservations required. For more info call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Sep 13, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 13, 2016 01:00 pm

(Senior adults) Visit a treasure in your own back yard for a picnic. Look for Monarch butterflies visiting milkweed and other native plants as they continue their southward migration. We will discuss the role of pollinators in creating and maintaining a prairie, and visit the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Our fall adventure will include some light walking with easy access to all the areas we visit. Bring a sack lunch to eat in one of our pavilions. Water and dessert will be provided. Reservations begin August 24. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Sep 12, 2016
Location: Weldon Springs Interpretive Site
Date: Sep 14, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 14, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 8-Adult)
Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about flight patterns, Monarch behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight. No reservations required. For more info please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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