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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: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Since 1996, Margy Terpstra and her husband, Dan have worked together to remove
invasive plants, restore their half-acre property in Kirkwood with beautiful Missouri
natives and add water features, all for the benefit of wildlife. They named their yard/
conservation garden “Shady Oaks Sanctuary”. Margy has documented 149 species of
birds there, including 35 warbler species.
With nicknames like “Fire-throat” and “Swamp Candle”, Margy anticipates the arrival
of these tiny neotropical songbirds in spring and photographs them in Shady Oaks as
they feed, drink, bathe and rest. This exhibit called “Warblers!” includes Margy’s
images of 29 different species, several of which are rare and of high conservation
concern.
Visit the Terpstras’ website and blog: http://hummerhavenunltd.com

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 30, 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 25, 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.

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollination animals, such as bees, bats, beetles, birds and more! Join us to learn about
Missouri’s pollinating species!

Register by May 22

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Sterling Price Lake

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and a trap shooting orientation. This program is for more experienced shooters that have at least a basic understanding of shotguns. Participants must be at least 90 lbs.

Register by May 22

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 4 covers fishing with lures and participants get fish with various types of lure, and State fishing regulations. Hands on fishing will be available during this class.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 7-adult. Late spring and early summer are busy times for birds. Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will help find common nesting birds, as well as some that are not so easy to spot, during this indoor and outdoor program.

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

May 24th •Thursday • 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Ages 6 and up) Come and learn about Missouri’s abundant reptile and amphibian species from snakes, to lizards, toads, and salamanders! There will even be opportunity to meet some up close and personal. Reservations begin May 1st

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. For this program, you need once child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun
May 24, Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
This is an introductory course to shotguns that will cover shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how to choose a shotgun that is right for you. The class also will include live fire, including some patterning and clay target shooting. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided. (Reservations begin May 10)

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

For ages 16+. Handmade nature-themed cards are always a welcome gift and they deserve a beautiful folder in which to present them. We will be making a generic folder which can be modified to fit your taste and occasion. If time permits, we can make some cards to get you started. If you have a paper trimmer and score board please bring them. If not you can share ours.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 18+)
Native bees are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops and flowers. They, like honey bees, have declining populations. Join us in making a beehouse that is both functional and beautiful that you can place on your property.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Pigeon Hill Conservation Area

Pigeon Hill Archery Range will host an introductory lesson to archery for individuals 12 and up. Bows, arrows, and targets will be provided. Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 1. Ages 7-12. Special guest Sarah Driver will join us for a look at Missouri’s smallest and most energetic bird-the ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn how you can attract this winged jewel to your backyard during this humdinger of a program. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

For the past 80 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has dedicated countless hours to wildlife management to preserve our natural resources. Thankfully, the hard work has paid off and we can share our success with Missourians today.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Have you wanted to explore Rockwoods Reservation’s trails but don’t know where to start? Join a naturalist for a free guided hike on Trail Among the Trees (1.5 miles) on May 11th, on the Turkey Ridge Trail (2 miles) on May 18th, and on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (3.2 miles) on May 25th. You can register for one, two, or all three hikes!
**Click on the blue "register" button for each hike if you would like to register for multiple hikes. On this page, the "register" button will register you for the Turkey Ridge Trail hike.

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - detailing various contemplations on nature and life.

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

ADULTS ONLY

**Please register each person individually.
Reservations begin May 11.

Ready, Aim, Fire! Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. To get to Emmenegger Nature Park, go west on Cragwold Rd. (past the Powder Valley entrance), cross over the highway and go south (left) on Stoneywood. Please meet at the pavilion. The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Registration required. (ages 3-18 years) Come cast a line with us and learn all about our different species of sunfish in Missouri. We will have a short presentation and then go fishing at Runge to try to catch some sunfish! Wear appropriate attire. All equipment is provided, and it will be catch and release only. 573.526.5544

Register by May 26

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

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