Events

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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 19

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
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!

Register by February 19

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbow or brown, these great game fish can be found in our state. We’ll have a trout of a time as we learn about these fishy wonders. Registration begins February 1. Ages 3-6. FISH

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 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. This month we will be exploring the topic of Maple Sugaring

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

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your preschooler (ages 3-6) and join us to get the stink about skunks at this fun program and make your own skunk to take home.

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Who-o-o-o hoots when it gets dark? Who-o-o-o goes out for food at night? Is it a wise old owl? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn about owls. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (18+ years).
Not all butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Where do the black swallowtails overwinter? Find out this and other interesting facts about this large butterfly. Come for the quilt patterns or just for the program!

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Who-o-o-o hoots when it gets dark? Who-o-o-o goes out for food at night? Is it a wise old owl? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn about owls. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
A warm, wet spring means salamanders are on the move. Investigate the life of these unique, slimy amphibians. Have your raincoat and boots ready, and join us as we prowl around the nature center grounds in search of spotted salamanders.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Ozark National Scenic Riverways - NPS HQ

Snack and Drinks provided

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

What actually makes owls so special? Using the latest technology, we can take a brand-new look at owls in more detail than ever. Join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Documentary is approximately 1 hour in length. Documentary will be followed by dissecting owl pellets. You are welcome to bring a pillow/blanket to lay on the floor. Snacks & drinks are also welcome (please avoid sticky snacks and drinks that may stain the carpet).

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (18+ years).
Not all butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Where do the black swallowtails overwinter? Find out this and other interesting facts about this large butterfly. Come for the quilt patterns or just for the program!

Register by February 19

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Community Christian Church

Pond management workshop providing information on pond stocking, fish management, aquatic plant management, and pond construction and location.

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!

Register by February 20

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: USDA Service Center - Paris

Prescribed fire can be a very useful tool for management of existing vegetation (CRP and non-CRP). Learn how to safely use prescribed fire to meet the objectives/goals for your property.

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 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

St. Louis has many quality lake and pond fishing opportunities, but most St. Louis anglers don't know about them. Did you know that within a one-hour drive of the Arch, there are over 80 public lakes comprising over 1200 acres of water?

Come learn about these overlooked St. Louis fishin' holes on February 22, 2019 (7 to 8:30 pm) at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries management biologist Kevin Meneau, will present information on STL area fishing lakes including:
- locations, regulations
- what to fish for and some ways to catch them
- findings of Conservation Department fish surveys
- "Top Three" fishing picks
- special happenings for the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program during 2019.

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 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Happy Holler Lake Conservation Area

Poles and bait are provided while they last, but you are more than welcome to bring your own! Limited to 100 participants!!

WEATHER DEPENDENT!

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 - 9:00am 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

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