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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by January 27

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 25

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 29

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

It’s the ultimate partnership between man and bird. The sport of falconry goes back thousands of years and you can learn about it at An Evening with Raptors virtual event. Join Powder Valley staff on Friday, January 29, beginning at 7 pm, as area falconers gather virtually to offer you the rare chance to observe and learn about these fascinating feathered hunters.
Listen as Master Falconer Meagan Duffee-Yates explains how to get started in this age-old sport.
Several area falconers will display their falconry tools, hoods, and other equipment, as well as live birds – the birds that they use in their sport. You will have the opportunity to ask the falconry team questions through the chat box.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 10 & up)
Owls are a symbols in many cultures, mostly based on their great adaptations. Learn, discover, and get crafty as we create a string art masterpiece inspired by these night ninjas. Bring your own hammer.

Meet the naturalist at the Stone Shelter Site. Program will be canceled in inclement weather.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis City mask mandates.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual class will cover how to get started in shotgun shooting including safety, actions, and what to look for when choosing a shotgun. In addition, we will cover care and cleaning, ammunition types, and fit of shotguns. The proper way to shoot a shotgun will also be covered. Finally we will discuss how to properly store your firearm.

Register by February 3

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Winter weather may be keeping you and your little ones indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored! Join MDC Naturalists every Thursday in February for a virtual reading of a different nature-themed book. Then, stick around for some interesting education related to that week’s theme. All books fall within a K-3 interest level. Please note that this a virtual program.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 4

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Virtual

Chain link fences are a common part of Missouri’s urban landscapes and are decidedly not natural. But what happens when they are left undisturbed? Natural processes occur that result in an interesting and distinctive community of plants and animals.
This virtual program features a study that was conducted examining chain link fences as ecological systems revealing educative interactions between natural phenomena and human activity.

A link to this program will be sent to the email address associated with the MDC Events Account used to register for this program. (If you do not receive this email one day ahead of the program, check your “junk” email folder.)

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual clinic is for youth age 11-15 interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and it is preferred they hunter education certified. Must be comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The clinic and hunt is for adults 16 and over, new to hunting, who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified and attend the clinic in order to participate in the hunt and also comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Virtual Storytime: Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat!
February is a great time for bird watching, no matter your age or experience. Come and join us as we read Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat; a story about birds and how they live. We will also show you how to make an easy apple bird feeder that you can make at home. Birds think this type of feeder is a treat, and you can make yourself a treat, too! You will be able to enjoy your homemade treat while you watch the birds enjoy your home-made bird feeder.

***While this program is intended for ages 3 to 6, all are welcome to participate.***

You will receive an email from myself the evening prior to the program with the Webex link, and then again, the morning of the program. Instructions for both the bird feeders and the home-made treat will be sent to participants so you all could follow along or do at another time. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folders or contact me.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Winter weather may be keeping you and your little ones indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored! Join MDC Naturalists every Thursday in February for a virtual reading of a different nature-themed book. Then, stick around for some interesting education related to that week’s theme. All books fall within a K-3 interest level. Please note that this a virtual program.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to Monday, February 15, 2021 - 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Be a great fur trader at the Powder Valley Trading Post! Join us for a virtual AND in- person event where you can capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn why trapping is important to Missouri.

This is a two-part program. The virtual portion will be on the WebEx platform. You will receive a link for the program about 24 hours before the program.
You MUST attend the virtual portion to be eligible to attend the in-person portion. The in-person portion will be COVID friendly and outdoors at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Details of where to meet, will be sent out via email as the date gets closer .

Please bring a pencil or something to write with. Masks are required for the in-person portion when bartering with trading post staff. You may come anytime from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the in-person portion. You should allow at least 30 minutes for the in-person portion.

Register by March 12

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Which Missouri mammal is more at home in the water than on land? Who are known as “nature’s engineers”? Beavers! Beavers earned this distinction for their ability to alter their environment and to meet their needs while providing diversity to plant and animal life. We will take a short walk to see some awesome results of their recent activity. We will look for footprints and other signs on the land where they have cut down trees, and in the water where they use the trees for their food and homes.

Wear layers of warm clothes and boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring a walking stick if you have one.

Meet just inside the front entrance gate at Columbia Bottom.

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This is an online class will teach the basics of reloading ammunition for handgun. This class is designed to help anyone who has not reloaded before get started. We will cover safety, needed equipment, and the procedures to follow to reload your own handgun ammunition.

Register by February 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Winter weather may be keeping you and your little ones indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored! Join MDC Naturalists every Thursday in February for a virtual reading of a different nature-themed book. Then, stick around for some interesting education related to that week’s theme. All books fall within a K-3 interest level. Please note that this a virtual program.

Register by February 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

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