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Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

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, 2019. Winners will be announced in a Missouri Department of Conservation press release and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2020. 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: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come by the nature center to view the lobby exhibit featuring artist Jim Peters. Jim primarily paints in the challenging medium of transparent watercolor. His unique method of painting with "other liquids" is an original technique. These paintings are rendered mixing the paint with other water-soluble liquids such as milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade as well as beer, wine, and whiskey.

Another unique and original aspect of Jim's work is that he uses water from the source of the subject he is painting. For instance, if Jim is painting a snow scene, he will use melted snow in place of tap water; for creek scenes, creek water, for lakes, lake water, etc.

Jim and his wife, Betty, reside in rural Franklin County just outside of Washington, MO.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center has free fishing rods, reels, and tackle to loan. Stop by the front desk anytime during business hours, sign out the equipment, and have fun fishing!

Call 573-526-5544 or email Runge@mdc.mo.gov for details.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 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.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Youth Beginning Air Rifle
June 20 • Thursday • 9:30 a.m. –noon
Ages 9–15
Reservations begin May 15
Youth new to shooting are invited to participate in an instructor-led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety, and proper technique. All shooting equipment will be provided. Participants will also enjoy a naturalist-led hike and explore one of Powder Valley’s creeks.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Clinton Office

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (at least one child 0-2 and one ages 3-6).
Yip! Bark! Hooowl! Coyotes make many sounds to communicate with each other. Trot in to learn more about an important predator and do some coyote calling of our own!

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about water’s incredible journey and who lives in Missouri’s waters as we dive into summer. Ages 7-12. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights”, make a special firefly jar to take home, and help us catch some fireflies on the lawn at Walter Woods Conservation Area. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Walter Wood Conservation Area

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ornithology: Winged Wonders

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild! Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer is officially here. We’ll start inside to learn about summer before we take the little ones on a summer sensory stroll. Ages 0-2. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program is for women only. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. 14-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 3:00pm 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 snakes are fed every other week (June 21).

Register by June 20

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Clinton Office

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

**DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW**

Attention nature-lovers, photographers, and amateur and professional biologists! Mark your calendars for the first ever Runge Nature Center BioBlitz on June 21-22, 2019. This 24-hour event is designed to help us explore the plants, animals, and other forms of life that call Runge home. How many different species of living things can we find? All amateur (including kids) and professional naturalists are invited to attend.

There will be many expert-led, interactive excursions including bat mist-netting, bird banding, moth black-lighting, small mammal trapping, and other species surveys. Lots of activities for kids and families, such as cane pole fishing, a firefly watch, pond exploration, pollinator discovery, and a creek crawl. There will also be a photography and observation competition with prizes using iNaturalist.

All attendees will be entered in a prize raffle and can earn prizes by participating. Free hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be available on Saturday, donated by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (* denotes the most kid-friendly activities)

Friday, June 21

• 5:30pm – Trail Camera and Trap Set-up (mammals, turtles, and fish)
• 5:30 – 7:00pm Spider Survey
• 6 – 8:30pm Wetland Life Survey*
• 6:30 – 8:30pm Bird Survey
• 8:30 – 10pm Amphibian Survey
• 8:30 – 10pm Firefly Watch*
• 8:30 – 9:30pm & 10 – 11pm Spider Eye-shine Surveys
• 9 – 11:30pm Bat Trapping
• 9 – 11:30pm Moth and Nocturnal Insect Survey

Saturday, June 22

• 6 – 9am Bird Survey
• 6:30 – 8:30am Bird Banding
• 8 – 10am Small Mammal Trapping Survey
• 8 – 10am Reptile Survey
• 8 – 12am Cane Pole Fishing Fun*
• 8 – 10am Wetland Life Survey*
• 10am – 12pm Fungi Survey
• 10am – 12pm Butterfly Survey
• 10am -12pm Prairie Plant Survey
• 10am -12pm Formal Garden Pollinator Survey*
• 1 – 3pm Dragonfly Survey
• 1 – 3pm Prairie Insect Survey
• 1 – 3pm Forest Understory Plant Survey
• 1 – 3pm Forest Fun Insect Discovery*
• 3 – 5pm Forest Insect Survey
• 3 – 5pm Trail Camera Results
• 3 – 5pm Tree Survey
• 3 – 5pm Creek Critter Survey*

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Come with us as we hike General Watkins Conservation Area. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Come with us as we hike General Watkins Conservation Area. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Celebrate the wonders of nature . Join a naturalist roam through a variety of Ozark settings while you do some birding and learn about the habits and habitats of the birds you find. You never know what awaits at the next bend in the trail. Participants will meet at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center at 8:00 a.m and will shuttle to Peck Ranch Conservation Area. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Advance your knowledge of shooting and hunting with your crossbow, safely and effectively. We will cover nomenclature of the crossbow, hand placement, stance, loading and drawing of string. We will also cover the optics, care and cleaning and storage. The difference between bolts and arrows, practice points versus hunting points. We will shoot on the static and 3-D range. Youth under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

This is a free workshop that will help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Topics include: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, how to improve your shooting skills, general information on the latest non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to improve your range & distance estimation skills, and how to properly pattern your shotgun.

Free steel practice shot and clay targets provided

MDC provides free 12- and 20-gauge nontoxic practice ammunition to participants. Besides being nontoxic, steel shot is the cheapest nontoxic shot, (many times cheaper than even lead), holds the tightest patterns, and has the shortest shot strings. If you can learn to shoot steel shot effectively, you can be more effective with any other shot.

What to bring

You must have some understanding of waterfowl or upland game bird hunting, shotgun shooting, chokes, and ammunition.
Bring the following:
•Your shotgun
•Choke tubes (if applicable)
•Any other nontoxic shotgun ammunition you would like to pattern test
•Eye and ear protection
•Stool or chair
•Snack, lunch, and beverage.

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