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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 November 10

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Late October - Early November
Registration required (ages 13-18 years).
Early registration begins October 15.
Join us as we travel to the Missouri River Bird Observatory near Arrow Rock and try to capture and band the smallest, and cutest, owl species in Missouri, the Northern saw-whet owl. Banding takes place on clear nights with a slight north wind. Due to inability to accurately forecast the weather, this will be a short-notice program that may be any night of the week. Participants will be contacted as early as possible on the day of the program with more details. A permission form, available at the nature center, must be completed before attending.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come spend a beautiful Fall afternoon hiking the Busch Fallen Oak Trail enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We talk about how animals prepare for winter as we hike the 1-mile trail. You will also see how “Wise Use” has transformed the area over the past 50 years.

Register by October 16

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Environmental Humanities Public Talk Series examines critical environmental issues from a humanities perspective. This event will highlight environmental justice issues, activism and community development as seen locally in Kansas City, Missouri. Kristin Riott, Executive Director of Bridging the Gap and Diane Hershberger, Healthy Marlborough Program Director/Past Vice President, Marlborough Community Coalition, will be our guest speakers at this event. This program presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Breaking ground next spring on a new garden at your school, park or neighborhood plot? Monarch waystations, pollinator plantings and outdoor learning laboratories add interest and value for the community while providing essential habitat for wildlife. Start your project off on the right foot with an evening of inspiration and lessons learned from those managing successful school and community gardens. We'll discuss planning ahead for maintenance, watering, organizing volunteers and more. This program is presented in partnership with the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative.

Register by October 17

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Castlewood State Park, in St. Louis County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 3.2 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather.

Register by October 17

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
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 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months)
Hike with your little one to discover the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! The “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. Registration required for attending youngster only. Meet at Nature Center for a moderate walk across our prairie connector trail: ½ mile mowed grass each way to play at the limestone outcroppings.(larger stroller recommended, umbrellas strollers won’t work well). Bring a camera for photo opportunities.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Want a native flower that blooms throughout the summer and is super easy to grow? The many species of coreopsis is your solution! Plan next year’s garden and create a beautiful quilt block, too.

Register by October 17

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful Fall afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We will also talk about how animals prepare for winter as we hike. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 80 years has transformed Rockwoods into a wonderful place. Participants should be able to do a 1 ½ mile hike.

Register by October 18

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into garden art. As we work, we will discuss native flowers.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Want a native flower that blooms throughout the summer and is super easy to grow? The many species of coreopsis is your solution! Plan next year’s garden and create a beautiful quilt block, too.

Register by October 17

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by October 19

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
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.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please, no organized groups.

Register by October 16

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are encouraged for the blood drive, starting Oct 1. For more information about the blood drive or to make a donation appointment, call (314) 301-1500. Become a super hero for your community by donating blood to a worthy cause.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Join us at the Runge Nature Center as Hunter Education instructors demonstrate safe firearm handling, choosing the right ammunition, hunting safely in groups, and much more. Drop in anytime to ask a question, practice handling firearms, or just share a hunting story. This will not be a certification course for Hunter Education.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! Discovering nature's creepy creatures is just part of the nighttime fun. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, the Bone Yard, the Bat Cave and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.

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