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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: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come view Missouri, Naturally paintings in our lobby by artist Dave Carter, during the months of March and April.
Artist’s Statement
“Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man”.
This Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote effectively describes the two paths my artwork has traversed these past few years. On the one hand I enjoy producing traditional paintings of land and seascapes, portraits, and wildlife—surface considerations of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting to the spirit. On the other
hand I am moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the soul with something unexpected.
The “job” of the visual artist is to react and respond to any and all aspects of existence as it appears materially, as it is experienced rationally/intuitively, and as it is discerned metaphysically. None of these very different approaches to depiction is superior to the others. As a culture, we need all of them to maintain a balance of familiar expectations, exploratory comprehension, and adventurous surprise.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other week. March 1, 15 & 29.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 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.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Broken Ridge Trail (to the right)!

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 1:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing.Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

In spring, some of the earliest sounds heard in nature are frogs. Learn to identify what you are hearing and discover some of the amazing adaptations of frogs, toads, and salamanders that call Missouri home. Participants will see live amphibians and make an amphibian craft. We will go for a short walk after the program.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
The third block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the mourning cloak butterfly. Watch this large butterfly in early spring when it emerges from dormancy. Join other quilters to share quilting ideas and tips.

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 16+)
Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
The third block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the mourning cloak butterfly. Watch this large butterfly in early spring when it emerges from dormancy. Join other quilters to share quilting ideas and tips.

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fisheries Management Biologist Jason Crites will discuss site selection, pond construction, watershed management, leaking ponds, fish stocking, population management, aquatic vegetation control, and other pond issues.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join naturalists for a guided stroll along the trails. We will meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s pavilion (next to the building) and walk along several nearby trails looking for signs of spring. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy.

Register by March 22

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This Is a rescheduled program from February 22, 2019.

St. Louis has many quality lake and pond fishing opportunities, but most St. Louis anglers don't know about them. Did you know that within a one-hour drive of the Arch, there are over 80 public lakes comprising over 1200 acres of water?

Come learn about these overlooked St. Louis fishin' holes on March 22, 2019 (7 to 8:30 pm) at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries management biologist Kevin Meneau, will present information on STL area fishing lakes including:
- locations, regulations
- what to fish for and some ways to catch them
- findings of Conservation Department fish surveys
- "Top Three" fishing picks
- special happenings for the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program during 2019.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MU Extension Center

This workshop is intended to go over safe prescribed burn practices, equipment, and procedures. After the workshop, lunch will be provided.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 14+)
Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring your own pistol, if you have one. NO AMMUNITION WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 14+)
Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Want another way to enjoy nature’s beauty in your home or yard throughout the year? Ann Grotjan’s pottery is it! Choose from beautifully decorated mugs, leaf trays, bowls and bird feeders to name a few. Made with food safe glazes, microwave safe and dishwasher safe as well. She will be demonstrating how she decorates her functional pottery with native plants and other elements from nature during the Grow Native! Plant Sale. Ann will also have items for purchase on that day.

Register by March 22

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 9
Come to Powder Valley and experience the age-old tradition of Dutch oven cooking. Together we will create a few different recipes and then sample them. Please bring a camp chair and meet at the nature center building.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
The sale is in partnership with the Grow Native! program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. There will be vendors, lobby activities, demonstrations, and displays.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Families and dogs)
Bring your furry friends to Rockwoods for a naturalist-led hike along the Rock Quarry trail. This trail is moderate in difficulty and is 2.2 miles in length. All dogs must be leashed, please bring waste bags. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. (please contact Emily Crawford upon registration at 636 458 2236 ex 4842)

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Planting for Butterflies
March 23 · Saturday · 2-3 PM
No registration required (families with all ages)
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although the Monarch gets all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warm the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Families will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet as long as supplies last.

Register by March 24

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
March 25 • Monday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin March 11.
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18.

Register by March 26

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about Missouri’s nearly 50 species and subspecies of salamanders!!

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