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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: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 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: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 31, 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 5:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Richard Mauzey Hunting Lodge

Participate in a FREE youth hunt for squirrels.
Bring your own .20 gauge shotgun or .22. Shotguns and ammunition will be provided if needed.
Breakfast provided followed by a safety program. Mentors will be assigned to each hunter.
Register by calling
Larry Pollard - 660-788-4246 or Bob Miller - 573-694-8003.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 19th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 19 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 1

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Ted Shanks CA

Come spend a day at the river with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). MDC Staff and volunteers will be instructing participants on the basics of setline fishing on Missouri’s rivers and lakes. The program will begin at 8am with a hands-on tutorial of how to safely set trot-lines and bank poles, properly label equipment, and handle and release fish. These tactics can be used in streams and some lakes of Missouri, both big and small. Following the river outing, participants will attend a seminar on fisheries management, with information on the recent catfish survey led by an MDC Fisheries Management biologist. This seminar will also include a presentation on river fishing regulations led by a Conservation Agent, along with a how-to presentation on using gear and equipment. There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Sign up is limited to anglers that are new to setline fishing. By signing up you are applying for a spot in the clinic. You will be contacted as part of the process once you are signed up.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No Registration Required! All Ages Welcome!

Love Hummingbirds? Come join Lanny Chambers, a local hummingbird expert and bander! Come see how these birds are trapped and banded before they make their long journey south for the winter. Bands are a way for scientists to track migration and population status.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Health products made from natural materials have evolved alongside humans throughout history. But in this generation, we have all but forgotten this useful skill. Join us to learn how to make your medicinals, salves and soaps from the greens in your own backyard.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga lead by Nella Yoga instructors, followed by a naturalist lead walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adults Registration required.
Did you know that the large paddle-shaped part of the prickly pear cactus are not leaves but thickened stems? Please join us to try your hand at watercolor painting. Leaders will take you through this unique way of painting and then you can take home your painting to frame. 573-526-5544

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri is shaped by two of the largest rivers in the world and they define our state more than any other natural resource. Learn how rivers work with several hands-on activities: explore the dynamics of flooding and erosion at the stream table, discover how pollution moves through a watershed and get up close and personal with the plants, fish and wildlife that inhabit Missouri's rivers.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Pretty, powerful, predatory, and precious: words that describe dragon and damselflies. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of these amazing animals during this hands-on experience.
573-526-5544

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a turtle-tastic time! Shelled, clawed, and scaled, turtles are some of the oldest creatures on earth. Stop by to learn about the species in our state and how these unusual beings survive. We’ll have turtle-themed crafts and activities as well as live turtles to see. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Saturday, August 18th
1pm to 4pm
All Ages Welcome!
No Registration Required!
Sherie Tevebaugh is a Missouri Wildlife
feather painter. Formerly a muralist,
this mother of four decided to change
to a smaller pallet. “Missouri’s wildlife is
so amazing! I love striving to paint and
portray each animal as realistically as
I possibly can. I like to try to get every
feather or individual hair on each bird
or animal to make them appear as real
as possible. I want to instill a love for
our wildlife in the hearts of everyone
who sees my paintings” she says. Why
feathers? “Feather painting is unusual to
say the least and I love the challenge of
painting, blending, and portraying our
Missouri wildlife, but on such a difficult
medium and with a tiny paintbrush and
tiny dabs of paint. “

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
We will participate in the Butterflies and Moths of North America project. Citizen scientists of all ages and experience levels can participate by taking photographs of butterflies and moths and then submitting their observations. Data collected helps scientists understand more about these beautiful pollinators.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adults Registration required.
Did you know that the large paddle-shaped part of the prickly pear cactus are not leaves but thickened stems? Please join us to try your hand at watercolor painting. Leaders will take you through this unique way of painting and then you can take home your painting to frame. 573-526-5544

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