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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: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center has free fishing rods, reels, and tackle to loan. Stop by the front desk anytime during business hours, sign out the equipment, and have fun fishing!

Call 573-526-5544 or email Runge@mdc.mo.gov for details.

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many beautiful quilts will be on display at Runge Nature Center during July and August, crafted by participants of the Nature's Needlers program. Celebrating 22 years of nature quilts!

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, September 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
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!

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

August Hallway Exhibit
Approximately two dozen members of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP) will be showing their vision of summer during the month of August. MoNEP members are all ages and have different levels of experience. Meetings are held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun in three ways:
• Come to one of the monthly meetings
• Come to the Powder Valley Nature Photography Workshop (August 10th)
• Attend the multiday photography seminar, hosted by MoNep, featuring renowned nature photographer Jennifer king (September 14 and 15).
• Please visit www.monep.org for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 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: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 17th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on August 16 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Register by August 16

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Did you know Lewis & Clark reported elk in Missouri in 1804? MDC reintroduced elk into Missouri in 2011. Join us in learning more about the North American elk. We will do a two-card rotation and you will take home two cards with coordinating envelopes.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge offers touch tables, activities, and/or crafts every Saturday from 10am until 2pm throughout the year. Join us to learn about a different nature topic each week!

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri River is one of the longest and most powerful rivers on earth but it is often mischaracterized. Learn more about this amazing natural resource right in our own backyard. What kind of fish and animals live there? What did Lewis and Clark find on the river? Where can you access the river and learn more about it?

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Raising butterflies from caterpillars can be a fun way to learn about native butterflies, their lifecycle and importance in the natural world. From where to find larvae to housing and food, you will learn how you can be a part of this magical process at home.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your camera and take a closer look at insect photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll review macro photography and walk the trails to take photos of bugs and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos. Ages 10-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Did you know Lewis & Clark reported elk in Missouri in 1804? MDC reintroduced elk into Missouri in 2011. Join us in learning more about the North American elk. We will do a two-card rotation and you will take home two cards with coordinating envelopes.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to make beautiful nature jewelry from deer antlers, spent shotgun shells, turkey and duck feathers and more! We will provide all materials.

This workshop is for women 18 years old and older. Girls aged 14–17 also are welcome when accompanied by an adult woman. Registration is required, please register online at mdc.mo.gov/events. Deadline to register is August 15th at 5pm. Hurry! Space and materials are limited.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours run Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about Missouri’s wild edibles currently “ready to eat” including Wild Sumac, Wild Plums and Hazelnuts

Register by August 18

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns and want to learn the sport of skeet shooting. The clinic will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the skeet game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Then we will head out to the field for live fire. Firearms and ammunition will be provided or you may bring your own.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

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