Events

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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: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 29, 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: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

The Junior Duck Stamp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the talents and environmental stewardship of young people throughout the United States. This competition was open to student’s kindergarten through high school to create artwork depicting North American waterfowl. First place winners from each state advance to the national competition. The final champion artwork will be produced as the National Junior Duck Stamp for 2018. Take a few moments this fall to view the artwork of these talented youth. The display will be at Burr Oak Woods in September.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
********We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 *********

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 21

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Autumn Sunset and Harvest Moon at Columbia Bottom
Sept. 21 • Friday • 6:30–8 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin September 3.
Watch the setting sun from the highest point at Columbia Bottom as its light enhances the rich colors of the fields and prairies. Walk by the silvery light of the nearly full Harvest Moon to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Meet at lot “L,” about 4 miles from the front entrance.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Clive Iman Farm

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+ years, children 10-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Join us for a morning of hunting preparation and how-to’s! Runge naturalists will teach you the basics of pre-season prep, including how to scout for an optimal hunting location, what to pack, whitetail behavior, climbing stands, and tracking. Then we will test your new skill sets on an interactive hike geared towards seeking out whitetail!

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Adding native plants to your yard will help provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Stop by anytime to purchase native plants and pick up information on how to include native plantings in your landscape, what plants to select, and how they benefit wildlife. Learn how to reconstruct natural food webs in your yard that enhance your landscaping to not only look aesthetically beautiful but also attractive to wildlife.
For more information call 417-629-3423.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Celebrate the amazing migrations of two famous summer residents, monarch butterflies and ruby-throated hummingbirds, and bid them farewell and good luck on their journey south. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and assist staff with tagging monarchs for research.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish and watch a fly tying demo, practice archery, air rifle and shotgun skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Jakes stands for Junior Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. This event is designed for children ages 6 to 12 and features a variety of activities related to the great outdoors. NWTF members and the Twin Pines staff will present sessions that introduce and improve skills related to archery, air rifle, hunting, fishing, plants, wildlife and safety. Lunch will be served. Each participant will be entered in the event’s prize drawing and will receive a goodie bag. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 8+)
Archery is becoming more and more popular! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All family members participating must register. Participants will meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Have you been yearning to enjoy one of the Ozarks favorite outdoor activities and don’t know where to start? Come join us for an afternoon of fishing and family memories. We will start with the basics and then head to the ol’ fishing hole and catch a few. Bring your own poles or borrow ours. Bait will be provided. A valid fishing permit is required for Missouri residents ages 16 to 64 and nonresidents ages 16 and up. For more information call 417-629-3423.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 8+)
Archery is becoming more and more popular! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All family members participating must register. Participants will meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever caught a fish on a fly rod? Join us at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area education pond and learn how to use a fly rod, then catch a few! Meet at the pond. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
****We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 *****

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Cluck, Hiss, Gobble, Kelp! Come learn the language of Missouri’s Turkeys, learn how the turkey grows and how they survive to wander our woods. We will also read the book Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell and make our own turkey after the presentation!

Register by September 25

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, 8-11 accompanied by an adult, 12+ years, without an adult will need to complete a permission form. Accompanying adults must also register). Let’s Explore! Glades are interesting ecosystems that sustain curious creatures. We will carpool to Painted Rock Conservation Area where we will explore the rugged but beautiful terrain of a natural glade habitat. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, and a snack.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by September 24

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 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 skeet shooting orientation. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. This program is for experienced shotgun shooters that have either taken Beginning Shotgun or Trap. Participants must be at least 90 lbs.

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