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Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am

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 Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(ages 10+)
All participants must register.
Put your needlepoint skills to good use and create a quilt block featuring Missouri’s state symbols! Each month, we will learn about a state symbol and create a corresponding quilt block. February will feature the hawthorn blossom as our second quilt square. Please bring your own embroidery needle and bring a hoop if desired. For questions, contact Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(all ages welcome)
NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response, we are offering an additional program opportunity. THIS IS THE SAME PROGRAM as the Friday, February 21 program. The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an evening with award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood Thursday, February 20 from 7-9 p.m. Paothong’s photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(all ages welcome)
The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an evening with award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood Friday, February 21 from 7-9 p.m. Paothong’s photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Learn how to grow your native wildflower garden, from scratch, with seeds! We will discuss soil conditions, sunlight requirements, and moisture levels needed to grow native seeds. We will also learn how and why to stratify seeds before planting them in the ground. Free seed packets will be handed out at the end of the event.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Calling all nature detectives! The mammal skulls from Columbia Bottom Conservation Area were stolen. Fortunately the skulls have been recovered, but they are all mixed up. We need your help in identifying which skull is which. Learn about dental formulas and how to measure with a caliper to solve the mystery.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views of the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Register by February 23

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Do you want to learn how to get started in shooting sports? This program will introduce .22 handgun, .22 rifle, and shotgun shooting to new shooters. We will begin in the classroom, then head out for some live fire at each of the stations.

Register by February 24

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 24

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 25

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 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 for the weather. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Thursday: February 27: 6 to 7:30pm (Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center); Saturday: February 29:12 to 4pm (Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park).
(Ages 5 and up)
Reservations begin January 15

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday, February 27th at 6pm to briefly go over caves and safety. We will meet at Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday, February 29th at 12pm (noon) for the field trip portion where we will survey different cave biology as well as learning how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress warm. Bring an extra change of clothes, water and snacks/lunch. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain, or inclement weather such as heavy snow or ice.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
February 27 • Thursday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservation begin February 13
This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and produce custom loads suited to your rifle/handgun for the particular target or game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Animal Hide Tanning
March 3 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 18
In this course you will learn how to flesh, board and tan your hide, as well as go over different forms of tanning. Most of this class will be outside so dress for the weather. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction program that will introduce the basics of modern firearms including how the action functions, cleaning, and maintaining the firearm.

Register by March 4

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Spring choruses of frogs may seem far away but join us as we learn about some amphibians that are already calling and what is yet to come. Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. This class is for all experience levels.

Drinks and food are not available for purchase, but you may bring your own snacks and beverages

Register by March 4

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Turkey Hunting, By Keith Wahlig
March 5 Thursday, 6pm – 8pm
Reservations begin February 20
Let us talk turkey with Pro Turkey Caller and Hunter, Keith Wahlig! Come discover how exciting turkey calling can be at this informative workshop. Keith will discuss calling tips and techniques for beginners as well as provide advanced instruction. We will then discuss how to apply calling in real turkey hunting situations, exploring different scenarios that hunters often encounter. Come learn useful turkey hunting and calling tips at this information packed seminar! https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by March 3

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: University of Missouri Extension Warren County

This workshop will include a 3 hour classroom session on prescribed fire methods, equipment, safety and planning considerations. Weather permitting, a demonstration burn will be conducted after classroom session. Lunch provided. Come prepared to participate on the burn. Bring field clothing (cotton, wool; no synthetics), leather boots and gloves, water bottle. For questions contact MDC Private Land Conservationist, Lia Heppermann 636-583-2303, ext. 3110 or Lia.Heppermann@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 4

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

The beauty and diversity of lichens is more noticeable and easier to appreciate and study before spring leaf out. Lichens make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of Missouri’s natural communities.
The workshop will begin in the classroom where recognizing lichens, their growth forms and field marks will be covered along with the tools and skills needed to make identifications. The workshop includes a trail-hike foray into various lichen habitats where identification skills can be practiced.
A quality hand lens of at least 10x and a small sharp pocket knife will be useful tools to bring although these will also be provided as needed during the workshop.
Since lichen identification is best done in dry conditions, this outdoor workshop will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Get outside and enjoy the beginnings of spring! We will be taking a lengthy and tough hike on the Green Rock Trail from the start at Rockwoods, to the boundary with Greensfelder County Park and back. This hike will total about 7 miles.

Register by March 7

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

The beavers have been very busy at Columbia Bottom, and the large number of fallen trees are evidence of their work! We will examine the beaver’s adaptations that make them a truly unique animal. After inspecting the beaver trees, we will walk under the full worm moon to watch and listen for the sounds of migrating geese, howling coyotes, hooting owls, and the other nightshift animals. Wear boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Meet at the visitor center.

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This workshop will include a 3 hour classroom session on prescribed fire methods, equipment, safety, and planning considerations. A follow-up demonstration burn is tentatively scheduled for March 28th. Details for the demo burn will be provided on March 10th. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

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