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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: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, February 27, 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.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

END OF FEBRUARY/EARLY MARCH • EVENING Registration required (all ages).
Spring brings warm, wet weather...which means salamanders are coming! The best time to find spotted salamanders is during their annual migration to their breeding ponds during the first warm, evening rain of the spring. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders.
Due to the specific weather conditions required, this will be a short- notice program that may be any day of the week. We will contact participants via phone and email the morning of the program with a specific start time. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Register by February 22

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 0-2 years).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Sit around the fire and discover nature through the stories of Lewis and Clark. These two, along with the Corps of Discovery, traveled west discovering new plants and animals as they went. How have things changed since then? Stop by to hear a tale or two and enjoy a hot beverage as you warm yourself by the fire. Please bring a chair and blanket for our lawn. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 22

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Step back in time to hear from Archeologist Eric Fuller as he portrays Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Learn about Schoolcraft’s exploration 200 years ago of Smallin Cave and the Ozarks. The bicentennial of Schoolcraft’s trek was celebrated this year with a marker tree dedication by the Osage Nation. Smallin Cave was also recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ages 10-adult. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Cent.-Long Branch

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Grab a donut and look for migrating waterfowl at this birding hotspot! Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please meet in front of the Visitor’s Center.

Please register by logging in or making an account for each person. Registration will close February 22.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Birds need homes!! Come help the birds by building bird houses. All materials and tools will be provided. Lots of snacks as we work, so join in the fun!! There will be an opportunity to stay and watch bird banding from 1-4 pm. The bird banding program is open to the public and not a part of Conservation Teens programming. Ages 12-17. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join Angie Jungbluth, a Signature Member of the St. Louis Watercolor Society to learn some of her techniques on nature journaling, drawing, and painting. Participants will get hands-on training on proper nature journaling techniques.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 5:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Are you physically fit and looking for a more strenuous and challenging off-trail experience?
This opportunity of applying map interpretation to the land awaits you for a 4 to 6 mile off trail trek In Weldon Spring CA. You will work with our Naturalists to read landforms from a topo map, and find various landmarks, graveyards, and remnants of settlers’ homesteads in the rugged and steep woods of Weldon.

This naturalist lead program is designed for those who have a working knowledge of an orienteering compass and desire more experience at reading a map.

Program will meet at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation for a classroom portion. Participants will apply the classroom portion at Weldon Springs.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous / up and down the rolling hills of Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

Must bring lunch & water.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about an important, yet often overlooked member of the outdoors - - - the vulture. Live vulture presentations will start at the top of the hour from noon until 4 pm. There will be outdoor viewing with spotting scopes and other indoor activities. Dress for the weather.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Bluebirds of Missouri
February 23 • Saturday • noon–2 p.m.
(Families- Ages 7 & up)
Reservations begin February 9.
Soon bluebirds will be looking for a place to build their nests. Learn their important role in our ecosystem. Partner with these beautiful creatures by building a bluebird house to take home. You will be helping yourselves as well, by inviting natural bug zappers into your yard. We will also take a hike to hopefully spot some of our springtime favorites. One house per family.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation for a new perspective of nature. We’ll hike the 3.2-mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views into the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees. A portion of the program (15-25 minutes) will be outside, dress for the weather.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+ years).
Join us to make beautiful nature jewelry from deer antlers, spent shotgun shells, turkey and duck feathers and more! We will provide all materials.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Here is your chance to see some of our avian friends up close! Join us for a winter bird banding demonstration with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Birds will be captured around the feeding stations and then banded in a location for easy viewing. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 25

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods and lure selection. You’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day, March 1st.

Register by February 26

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) A seed has to protect the life inside, travel away from the parent plant, wait for just the right conditions, and then sprout – sending roots down and leaves up and not the other way around. How does a seed do all that? Join us as we explore these and other interesting questions about seeds and sprouts. You can even make a seedling experiment to take home.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 22

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Signs
Feb 26 • Tuesday • 10 –11:30 a.m.
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin January 25.
Winter is a wonderful time to look for animal signs. If not in the snow, then in wet mud. Let’s take a short hike to look for tracks, scat and more. Dress warm to be outdoors and meet at the Hatchery in Forest Park.

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