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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, September 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 29, 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: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

The Junior Duck Stamp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the talents and environmental stewardship of young people throughout the United States. This competition was open to student’s kindergarten through high school to create artwork depicting North American waterfowl. First place winners from each state advance to the national competition. The final champion artwork will be produced as the National Junior Duck Stamp for 2018. Take a few moments this fall to view the artwork of these talented youth. The display will be at Burr Oak Woods in September.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What’s a frugivore? Find out the answer to this and other unique facts about the rose-breasted grosbeak, the subject of our September block. Come for the quilting or just to enjoy the program.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 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).
In a single bound, you can see them leap a tall fence, flash white in the blink of an eye, snort, grunt, and stamp their feet. Calling all little “dears” to learn about the life of a white-tailed deer.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Our state’s only flying mammal makes its appearance after the sun goes down and the nocturnal insects come out. Grab the family and head outdoors as we look to the sky for the feeding frenzy that occurs right above us.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins September 1. Join avid outdoorsmen Volunteer Specialist Don Brink and special guest Richard Donaldson for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program, you’ll be ready to venture out on your own.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
********We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 *********

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 21

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Autumn Sunset and Harvest Moon at Columbia Bottom
Sept. 21 • Friday • 6:30–8 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin September 3.
Watch the setting sun from the highest point at Columbia Bottom as its light enhances the rich colors of the fields and prairies. Walk by the silvery light of the nearly full Harvest Moon to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Meet at lot “L,” about 4 miles from the front entrance.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Clive Iman Farm

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+ years, children 10-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Join us for a morning of hunting preparation and how-to’s! Runge naturalists will teach you the basics of pre-season prep, including how to scout for an optimal hunting location, what to pack, whitetail behavior, climbing stands, and tracking. Then we will test your new skill sets on an interactive hike geared towards seeking out whitetail!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Adding native plants to your yard will help provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Stop by anytime to purchase native plants and pick up information on how to include native plantings in your landscape, what plants to select, and how they benefit wildlife. Learn how to reconstruct natural food webs in your yard that enhance your landscaping to not only look aesthetically beautiful but also attractive to wildlife.
For more information call 417-629-3423.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 20

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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

Register by September 20

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish and watch a fly tying demo, practice archery, air rifle and shotgun skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Celebrate the amazing migrations of two famous summer residents, monarch butterflies and ruby-throated hummingbirds, and bid them farewell and good luck on their journey south. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and assist staff with tagging monarchs for research.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Jakes stands for Junior Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. This event is designed for children ages 6 to 12 and features a variety of activities related to the great outdoors. NWTF members and the Twin Pines staff will present sessions that introduce and improve skills related to archery, air rifle, hunting, fishing, plants, wildlife and safety. Lunch will be served. Each participant will be entered in the event’s prize drawing and will receive a goodie bag. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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