Events

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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: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 30, 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, June 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 22, 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: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The Monarch Butterfly is one of North America’s most iconic insects. Join us to learn more about this beautiful insect, its life cycle, the danger it is in, and how we can help build a future for the Monarch so that future generations can enjoy its beauty.

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Big Fish, Little Fish
June 19 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin May 21.
Parents, bring your child to learn all about fish and fishing. Although more than one child can come, please make sure that the adult/child ratio is 1:1 to ensure the whole fishing experience. Meet at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Big Fish, Little Fish
June 19 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin May 21.
Parents, bring your child to learn all about fish and fishing. Although more than one child can come, please make sure that the adult/child ratio is 1:1 to ensure the whole fishing experience. Meet at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 19

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

This will be a beginner kayaking class including terminology, safety and basic paddling strokes. After a short lecture session, participants will try out their skills on the lake. Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the water (no flip-flops). Bring water. All other supplies will be provided. Participants under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and skeet shooting orientation. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. This program is for experienced shotgun shooters that have either taken Beginning Shotgun or Trap. Participants must be at least 90 lbs.

Register by June 19

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Let's get outside for a fun filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills adventure! Discover the fun in learning to use a spear-thrower called an atlatl. Test your archery and fire starting skills and participate in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature. Make plans to join us for our second annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center!

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun.

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. Adults. Please call to register. Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Van Meter State Park, in Saline County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. 573.526.5544

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Wild WednesdaysWildlife
June 13 • Wednesdays • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
(Ages 8–12)
Reservations begin May 16.
Who says you can’t mix biology and art? Join us each Wednesday in June for an all-day adventure exploring the beauty in nature and creating artwork inspired by our area’s plant, insect, fish, and wildlife resources. Sign up for one or all dates in the series. Dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle and a sack lunch.

June 6-Plants
June 13-Insects
June 20-Wildlife
June 27-Fish

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Please only register the children that will be participating.
(Ages 0–3)
It’s never too early to learn about the
world around you. Every month, infants
and toddlers will learn about different
nature-related topics. We will be outside
for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: A. Perry Phillips Park

Kids 10 and up are invited to join MDC staff to learn outdoor skills during three days of educational activities. The first day (06/07/18) will focus on archery. The second day (06/14/18) will focus on fishing. The third day (06/21/18) will focus on kayaking. Kids are welcome to sign up for any or all of the events. All equipment will be provided and the events are free of charge. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen and plenty of beverage to stay hydrated.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 21

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults. Registration required.
One of the most versatile and easy to recognize flowers, the violet, is the subject of the sixth block in the series, Birds and Blooms. Join us as we discuss how these beautiful, little flowers play a big role in Missouri’s natural world. 573.526.5544

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 21

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

We will be teaching Discover Nature Lesson 1 – Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Techniques
Lesson 2 – How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
All equipment and bait is provided by MDC.

Register by June 21

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults. Registration required.
One of the most versatile and easy to recognize flowers, the violet, is the subject of the sixth block in the series, Birds and Blooms. Join us as we discuss how these beautiful, little flowers play a big role in Missouri’s natural world. 573.526.5544

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