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Registration period: June 18 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 3:30 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Over 100 species of fish call the Mississippi River home, including the blue catfish, which can grow up to 150 pounds. Come join Powder Valley Naturalists as we fish the mighty Mississippi at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. While catfish are our target, fish such as bluegill, freshwater drum, and shovelnose sturgeon may be caught. Limit to 20 people. We have 12 large catfish poles, one per family, or you may bring your own gear. A valid Missouri Fishing License is required for participants 16 and older. If legal sized fish are caught, we will also do a filleting demo and you can take your fish fillets home. We must be out of the area before sunset when the front gate locks.

Meet at parking lot O (also known as the canoe launch).

Register each participant individually.

Specific directions and information will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
Registration period: September 15 - October 1
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the Mississippi River, looking for some of the water birds native to the region. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: September 10 - October 5
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Just when we think the garden is done blooming, BAM! Those beautiful asters start to bloom. Adding color to the autumn landscape is not their only purpose, they provide late nectar and pollen for insects. We are going to dig deep into information about native asters and how to include them in your healthy habitat. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Come take a stroll in the gardens at the nature center, it is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the morning and the flowers. We will discuss the role of native plants in healthy habitats and their many benefits and how you can incorporate native plants in your spaces. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.
Registration period: September 13 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (babes under 36 months with an adult)

Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.
Registration period: August 27 - October 6
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: California Shooter's Club

Please register by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online: cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Chainsaw Safety Training for woodland owners near California, MO on Oct. 8-9. This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw.

MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Danny Patterson has over 15 years of safety training experience. His training program utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

The training is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Shooters Club located on 32891 Shooters Club Road, just south of California. Lunch will be provided each day. The training is free, but participants must bring a properly operating chainsaw, and provide their own personal protective equipment including chainsaw chaps, leather gloves, leather boots, eye protection, and hearing protection. Attendance is limited to 12 participants, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Register before Oct. 6 by contacting MDC Forester Cory Gregg at (573) 796-0286, ext. 4285, or cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov.

Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, October 8, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Come join us for a Naturalist led Auto-Tour of some of the different habitats that are found at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. You will follow the Naturalist in your personal vehicle to multiple habitats within the conservation area. While at each habitat we will record i-Naturalist observations on our smart phones of flora and fauna observed (please download the

i-Naturalist app and create your free account beforehand). Please dress for the weather and for walking on uneven surfaces. Roads are gravel-based and can be dusty and have potholes/dips, so please be sure your vehicle is suitable. (Reservations begin September 15th)

Registration period: September 20 - October 8
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

Some emerge at night, creeping up on their unsuspecting prey under cover of darkness. Others are so stealthy or well camouflaged that their victims never see them coming. No, these are not characters from a scary story. They are the real vampires of Missouri! Join us as we look at the creepy adaptations these ‘vampires’ need to survive and how you can avoid them.
Registration period: August 17 - October 9
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) You asked and we're here to deliver - it's time to build some bat houses! Hoping to catch a glimpse of Missouri's only flying mammal in action? Looking to provide an appealing alternative away from the cozy crevasses of your own home? With fewer naturally available tree cavities, constructing artificial shelters catered to a bat's needs can provide the perfect winter hibernaculum or summer roost for Missouri's ultimate nocturnal mosquito control. Come get your build on and proudly walk away with your very own bat house and the knowledge and power to support Kansas City's local bats.
Registration period: August 17 - October 9
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) You asked and we're here to deliver - it's time to build some bat houses! Hoping to catch a glimpse of Missouri's only flying mammal in action? Looking to provide an appealing alternative away from the cozy crevasses of your own home? With fewer naturally available tree cavities, constructing artificial shelters catered to a bat's needs can provide the perfect winter hibernaculum or summer roost for Missouri's ultimate nocturnal mosquito control. Come get your build on and proudly walk away with your very own bat house and the knowledge and power to support Kansas City's local bats.
Registration period: August 27 - October 12
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall with your baby while exploring nature! Bring a rugged stroller or baby sling as we will be going down the hill and back on the Boardwalk Trail. We will stop and touch different plants, smell things, look at seeds, nuts, sticks, leaves and more! Babes in the Woods is a way to get baby outdoors in a safe way and let them experience nature. Ages 0-2.
Registration period: September 15 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Do you like hazelnut lattes, or Nutella? Did you know that we have native, wild hazelnuts growing in Missouri? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss where to find, how to grow, and recipes on how to fix these wonderful fall wild edibles. We will end with making hazelnut flour and hazelnut butter. Recipes will be sent to all virtual participants. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: September 15 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you like hazelnut lattes, or Nutella? Did you know that we have native, wild hazelnuts growing in Missouri? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss where to find, how to grow, and recipes on how to fix these wonderful fall wild edibles. We will end with making hazelnut flour and hazelnut butter.

Masks are encouraged when indoors and social distancing is not feasible.

**Limit 25, due to limited space, please register each individual attending.

This program is intended for ages 10 and up.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.
Registration period: September 17 - October 14
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, October 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! The Discovery Center along with several neighborhood partners will provide nighttime fun for all ages. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, The Bat Cave and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.

Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.

Registration period: September 13 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults and families)

Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 pm - Sunday, October 17, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park- Roman Pavilion

Have you ever taken a stroll through Tower Grove Park and an unexpected animal passes by – on the ground, in a tree, or up in the sky? Did you know that for a park in the city, Tower Grove Park hosts a wide variety of urban wildlife, just within the 289-acres of land?

Join our Fall Community Day collaboration event, Fall Frolic, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and learn about urban wildlife. Begin at the Information/Passport Station and visit the interactive activity stations to learn fun information about animals found in the city.

There will be food/beverage vendors onsite. Trailnet will be setting up a Bike Rodeo behind the Roman Pavilion – be sure to bring your kiddo’s bike along! ArtScope will be providing nature-inspired art activities. End the night with firepits, s’mores, and live music.

LOCATION- Roman Pavilion – Begin at the Information/Passport Station booth located in front of the fountain to pick up your passport and a map of the event.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2-5 pm Interactive wildlife activities, Bike Rodeo, and Art activities

2-4 pm Animal Character meet and greet

4-6 pm Food and beverage vendors

3-5pm S’mores and firepit

4-6 pm LIVE Music

Registration period: August 27 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn what causes leaves to change color in the fall and discover the best time and place to see autumn colors followed by a live Q&A session with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages.
Registration period: September 17 - September 17
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Fall colors are a natural highlight on the Missouri landscape every year. Join us for an in-depth look at why trees change, what makes a more colorful year, more! This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 28 - October 18
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

Learn what you can do to plant and prepare for next years’ wild edible bounty.
Registration period: August 27 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn what causes leaves to change color in the fall and discover the best time and place to see autumn colors followed by a live Q&A session with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages.
Registration period: August 17 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:00 pm - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) James Beard Award winning author Hank Shaw, is back with us to talk fish. So many of us tense up when faced with a piece of fish. Whether we wake up before dawn to catch our fish or bring it home from the store, we all know that fish aren't cheap, in time or money - and we just don't want to mess things up! Hank's new book Hook, Line and Supper aims to banish that fear forever by breaking down the essence of fish cookery allowing cooks of all stripes to bring out the best in whatever fish comes home. Hank will cover how to treat fish as you get them out of the water, how to clean, store and cook fish and which species can substitute for reach other. And of course, he will talk recipes like fish and chips, Chinese steamed fish with chiles and English fish pie.