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Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, December 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 December 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: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Junior Duck Stamp: Best of Show Exhibit

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Students complete a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers”. The Junior Duck Stamp *Best of Show* pieces are displayed throughout the United States from May until April the following year. The artwork will be exhibited at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center during the month of November 2019.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Landscapes and Birds of Missouri, November hallway exhibit.

The exhibit is multimedia, with the various works being done in classic water color, opaque water color (French Gouache), acrylic, oils, and photography. Most of the artwork consists of birds of Missouri, including common songbirds, water fowl, and raptors. In addition, the exhibit includes a few Missouri landscapes, which may be familiar to you, presented in different styles and media. Typically, a work is inspired from original photographs taken by myself right here in Missouri ranging from my own backyard to the Mississippi Flyway.
I like birds for perhaps all the usual reasons that you do, but as an artist, I am intrigued by the variety of striking plumage pattern and color, yet commonly maintaining a similarly simple shape that is easy to capture. I appreciate the wide variety of ecosystems that birds inhabit, which adds to the challenge and pleasure of integrating classic landscape art, but in a way, that will enhance and not distract from the subject.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 30, 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, November 16, 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, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
We bundle up in the fall and winter, but did you know animals also put on winter coats? Come in and discover some of the Missouri critters who can add a layer of protection from the long cold winter.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Civil War was a tough time to survive no matter if you were a soldier or civilian, slave or freeman. Many of the skills they needed for day to day life have been forgotten by most in the 21st century. Join us for a day of rediscovery and learn about native medicinal plants, outdoor cooking, navigating using the environment and more. Special presentations include: Buffalo Soldiers at 10:30 a.m. and Molly Postlewait's LAMP OF FREEDOM at noon.

Register by November 15

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to hike 1.8 miles)
Hike the Trail Among the Trees with your canine best friend! This is a 1.8 mile guided hike. We ask that your dog companions be (typically) friendly with other dogs and vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the hike. This can be in the form of paper print out, email, Etc. Please be prepared and dressed for the weather. This trail is moderate in difficulty.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover how nature and recycling go hand-in-hand as we press paper pulp and natural materials into beautiful works of art. Lobby activities, too!

Date: Saturday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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.

Register by November 15

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Listen for the howls of coyotes or the calls of a few owls during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length.

Dress for the weather, bring small flashlight.

Meet at Busch's main building. When entering the area make a right at the "T" and follow that to the building.

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
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! Check it out on TanglevineTrail.

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. We will celebrate Missouri’s deer with a wood painting and information about one of our largest herbivores. This class is for all experience levels. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, please no alcohol.

Register by November 19

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Are you aware there are black bears in Missouri? Join us this month to learn all about these large mammals and how we manage their population. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Bennett Spring State Park, Laclede County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 6 miles

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be outside, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (babes under 36 months with an adult)
Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods. Dress to be outside for a portion of this program that will be on a stroller friendly trail.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Where do animals go during the winter? What exactly goes on under the ice of our ponds, lakes and rivers? Who lives there? Join us and find out the answers to those questions and more!

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Keeping Track!
Nov 21 • Thursday • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 7 and Up)
What’s an excellent way to keep track of what you find? It’s simple. Keep track! We’ll show you how to look for, I.D. and make casts of animal footprints and sign.
Reservations begin November 7

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Where do wild turkeys live and what do they eat? Which turkeys have beards? What sounds do they make? We’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Gobble! Gobble! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by November 21

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

*NEW* Nature Tales: Turkeys
No Registration required (ages 3-6).
Join this volunteer-led activity and explore turkeys through crafts. Activities are geared for ages 3-6 but siblings are welcome

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Tigers on the Wind... well, tiger swallowtail butterflies that is! This is our 11th block in the series, Flying Jewels. All quilters and non-quilters are welcome.
*NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Where do wild turkeys live and what do they eat? Which turkeys have beards? What sounds do they make? We’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Gobble! Gobble! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by November 21

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There is more to campfire cooking than simply making hotdogs and s'mores. Join us as we create delicious campfire recipes using Dutch Ovens. Runge will provide all ingredients, cookware and expertise; participants will help make main dishes and desserts. Bring your own enthusiasm and appetite!

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