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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, October 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, October 26, 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.

Register by October 21

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Pre K–2nd grade)
Students will look at mammal tracks,
pelts, and more! Then we’ll take a hike to
see where mammals live.

Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 4 to 8.

Register by October 23

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Register by October 22

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by October 24

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. Please dress for the weather.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find in Northeast Missouri this fall. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends. Please dress comfortably for a hike on the trail. Bring binoculars & a camera! We have some binoculars you are welcome to use for the hike as well.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Hunter’s Moon Owl Prowl
October 24 • Wednesday • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 1.
For centuries, owls have been surrounded by mystery and wonder. Feared by some and revered by others, people have passed down owl folklore for generations. Join us to learn about owls and the myths that surround them, then take a hike under the full hunter’s moon as we search for these feathered wonders. We’ll start at the visitor center, then return after the hike for some hot chocolate!

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+ years, children 12-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Fall on Ozark streams is a truly magical time. The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool, so come join us for a kayak float on the Gasconade River. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather. All equipment is provided.

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo as you explore the myths and superstitions that have developed regarding this traditional seasonal icon. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the general public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12 years). Humans are not the only animals that can be athletes. Come and be a part of the Animal Olympic Games. We will investigate who are the strongest, fastest, and smartest animal athletes in Missouri. Discover how you measure up to these Critter Olympians.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals – spiders – that live with us and around us.

Register by October 23

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (adults)
The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy during this unforgettable dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, sip warm and wild native teas, and then sit back with a wild edible dessert to listen to tales around the campfire by internationally acclaimed storyteller, Molly Postlewait.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins October 1. Missouri’s mammals are a diverse group of animals. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and they’re found in every habitat. Some are easily seen, like squirrels, while others are secretive in their habits, like bears. Learn about the mammals of Missouri and the important role they have played throughout human history. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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 October 26

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Hunters’ Moon Stroll at Columbia Bottom
Oct 26 • Friday • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
(All ages) Capture the last rays of the setting sun over the prairie from the cropland overlook. Listen and watch for migrating ducks as we take a leisurely stroll on a paved wooded path to watch the full Hunters’ moon rise over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Meet at lot “K” about 4 miles from the front entrance

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 26

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn about hunting Missouri's elusive predator species in this beginners seminar. we will cover strategies, equipment, calling, firearms, and much more. This class is for all ages, but anyone 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 5:00am to Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center will be closed to the public for your safety during the scheduled Youth Managed Deer Hunt.
For additional informatiaon email burroak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages 12-adult)
Join us for a short half-mile hike which will highlight the beautiful fall leaves of the Ozarks. Bring a bottle of water and dress for the weather.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 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. All equipment will be provided.

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