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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, July 3, 2018 - 3:00am to Saturday, July 28, 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.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Sunny summer days are the perfect time to step outside for a scavenger hunt and a nature walk! Join us as we explore the pond, prairie and forest to collect beautiful native flowers, grasses, leaves and more. Then step back inside and use your collection to create your own unique nature art. A perfect reminder of your sunny adventure. ~ Recommended for ages 7 to 12.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Guess "hoo" we'll be learning about? That's right - owls! Let's look at some of our native owls, dissect an owl pellet, and make an owl nature craft. "Owl" bet you'll be an owl expert by the end.

Siblings welcome. Please register all children ages 7-12.

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Pond 3 Fountain Grove Conservation Area

FREE Fishing Event. MDC will provide fishing poles and worms for bait. Feel free to bring your own equipment as well.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
July 24, Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 10 & up)
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18. (Reservations begin July 10.)

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Participants will learn basic kayaking safety, techniques, and terminology from trained MDC staff. We will also take a leisurely paddle around Peabody Lake to help participants become more comfortable with kayaking. This event is free of cost and all equipment will be provided. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Whether you’re a seasoned bowhunter or new archer, summertime is a great time to try bowfishing! This presentation will help you learn what you need to know to get started bowfishing. Topics will include bowfishing equipment, fish identification, and rules & regulations. This is a classroom presentation only and intended as a beginner level program. Online registration is required.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Flutter on over to learn why ladybugs and butterflies are two of our favorite insects. We will learn how they both go through a magical change and how each has a special job in the garden. We may even get to meet some! Participants meet at the nature center.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Register by July 25

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Register by July 25

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Before books, traditional peoples used stories to teach their youth understanding and respect for their fellow creatures and the places we all share. These ancient stories from all continents still have the power to teach - and they're fun to hear! Fran Stallings combines these stories with modern songs to double the fun. Lively songs and audience participation will keep the whole family enthralled. This program is co-sponsored by the National Storytelling Network.

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.

Ever wanted to learn to shoot archery? Take a fish off a hook? Keep a canoe from tipping? Let us be your guide on this evening of outdoor skills at Conservation Headquarters. There will be fishing, archery, and canoeing during this outdoor skills event. Dress for warm weather, bring a water bottle and have a ton of fun enjoying the best of what a summer evening has to offer!
573-526-5544

Register by July 25

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This introductory two-day program is for beginners who want to learn how to get started in this exciting sport. We will go over the safety aspects, proper gear, fish ID, regulations, and ethics while in the classroom. The classroom portion will be held at the August A. Busch Conservation Area Regional Office. All participants who attend the first day will have the opportunity to use department provided gear with guidance from staff on the second day at one of several possible field locations (Field day is dependent on water levels and accessibility) You must attend day one in order to participate on day two. A valid fishing or hunting permit is required in order to attend this program (15 years of age or younger/65 years of age or older are exempt).

Register by July 26

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins July 1.
Summer is the perfect time for lizards, and the nature center is one of the best places to spot them. Learn about Missouri’s thirteen species of lizards, and make a lizard craft to take home. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by July 25

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Many animals are only active at night. Find out what you can expect to see and hear before we head out to enjoy the trails after dark. Our focus for the evening will be to black-light for nocturnal insects but you never know what else you might find. So be sure to wear suitable shoes for the hike.

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 9-11)
It’s time for a wet and wild adventure in Burr Oak Creek! We will meet at The Bethany Falls parking lot to explore the forest by following the stream along its course. We will find out who lives in the creek by sampling for fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Participants meet at the Bethany Falll Pavilion.

Register by July 27

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 7-12 years)
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle, appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 27–Can you Canoe?
573-526-5544

Register by July 27

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing The Forest Unseen, A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell about the secret world hidden in a single square meter of old-growth forest.

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