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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, April 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, April 28, 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, April 27, 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 are fed every other week. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years, children accompanied by an adult)
State Botanist Malissa Briggler will lead us on a 2-mile hike to view the early spring wildflowers at Clifty Creek Conservation Area. Bring a hiking stick and sturdy shoes to traverse the slopes down to the creek and the rock arch, enjoying the search for the elusive lady slipper and other spring beauties. Also, bring water and snacks. Transportation will be provided. Call to make your reservation. 573.526.5544

Register by April 24

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults) Put some beauty, color and nutrition into your meals, by adding native flowers to your salads, pastries and teas. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and trap shooting orientation. Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. Shooters should be at least 90lbs.

Register by April 24

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

April 24, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
This introduction course to shotguns will start in the Education Center where we will discuss safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how choose and shoot shotguns. Next, we will go to the range for live fire, including some clay target shooting. Not recommended for students under 90 lbs. (Reservations begin April 10)

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Encountering Native American artifacts is a common experience for Missourians. Because of the number of waterways that crisscross our state, Missouri in the past supported large populations of native peoples who left traces of their existence all over our state. Join us to learn how with a bit of practice and basic knowledge of what to look for, you can spot places that likely were used by earlier residents and may contain still contain artifacts from Native American residents.

Register by April 25

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years,
children accompanied by an adult) Are you a budding young scientist, seasoned biologist, or nature lover? Join us as we explore the world of spring wildflowers using iNaturalist, a citizen science-driven smart device app and website. We will be using cameras and smart devices to document wildflowers at the nature center. Observations will then be added to iNaturalist as part of the Runge Biodiveristy Project. Don’t have a camera or smart device? Use one of ours. No prior flower identification skills or experience with iNaturalist is needed. Come out to learn about wildflowers and assist with this unique project. Learn more about the Runge Biodiversity Project at: www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-biodiversity-project. Call to make your reservation. 573.526.5544

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

DNF Lesson 2. this class covers learning how to tie a hook on the line, baiting a hook and basic tackle. This lesson will include hands on fishing.

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 3. Ages 7-12. Like birds, toads and frogs are often noticed first by their mating calls. They fill the day and night with peeps, trills, and snores. Learn about their habits and how to identify their calls during this month’s meeting. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 4-6) For this class, please only register children who will be participating in the program. - Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat. - Participants should be prepared to take a short walk on a paved trail.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 0-2. Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Enjoy a spectacular evening hike under the nearly full moon as you experience Burr Oak Woods at night. Visit stations along the way to learn how nocturnal animals use their unique adaptations to help them survive in the forest after dark. The nature center will be transformed into a night experience in a way you haven’t seen it before. Don't miss the live owl and opossum presentations at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with Lakeside Nature Center. Be sure to bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities.
Adults attending with youth do not need to register.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Fun-filled day of activities for families. Fishing for those 15 and younger, archery, casting area, fish cleaning demonstration, craft area, and first fish photos. A gift bag will be provided while supplies last and lunch will be served. Door prizes every half-hour. Help will be available to those who need to brush up on fishing skills. Tackle, poles, and bait are provided or children may bring their own. Only those baits not held in water may be used. Two fish per child may be taken home: bring a bucket or cooler as no cleaning station is available. The visitor center will be open during the event. On-site registration day of the event.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blossoming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

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