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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)!

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!!

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Let’s kick off this season’s wild edible programs with the basics of plant identification. Learn just what plant taxonomy is and why you should practice it. Weather and plants permitting, this program will include a hike.

Register by March 26

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+).
Connect with your ancient ancestors and future hunting selves as we travel through time learning and practicing archery through the ages.
The outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and snack (if desired).

Register by March 22

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 27

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
Aliens are invading Runge! Although they are green, this alien is not from another planet, but from the other side of our plant. Garlic mustard is a nasty, invasive plant that may take over the forest floor, preventing many native plants from flourishing. We need your help as we attempt to eradicate this invader from the nature center grounds. Please wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Gloves will be provided.

Register by March 27

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18).
Aliens are invading Runge! Although they are green, this alien is not from another planet, but from the other side of our plant. Garlic mustard is a nasty, invasive plant that may take over the forest floor, preventing many native plants from flourishing. We need your help as we attempt to eradicate this invader from the nature center grounds. Please wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Gloves will be provided.

Register by March 25

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Register by March 28

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (10+ years).
Archery has evolved through time and a common theme has emerged; bigger punches in smaller packages. Connect with your ancient ancestors and future hunting selves as we travel through time learning and practicing archery through the ages.
Outdoor Range is not ADA accessible. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and snack (if desired).

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Opossums are awesome for many reasons! Join us to learn more about this special mammal that's related to the kangaroo.

Register by March 25

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring your own shotgun and your favorite hunting load for pattering your shotgun.

Register by March 28

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
The sounds of spring are a welcoming symphony following a cold, silent winter. Join us and reveal the animals creating the songs during a short inside program followed by an evening walk on one of our trails to listen and identify.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Take a musical journey into the lives of Ozark settlers that describes a way of life surrounded by virgin forests, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers. Michael Fraser, author of “Fiddles and Forests,” is joined by Tenley Hansen as they recreate authentic mountain music while weaving a narrative about living in the Ozarks before the arrival of electricity during the timber boom of the late 1800s.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Florence Williams's book, The NATURE FIX. "Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us."

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
The animals are hungry! Join us and watch as we feed the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles.

Register by March 30

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

March 29 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
March 30 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins March 1 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15.
Please bring or send a check to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to MCHF. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

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