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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 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 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).

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MU Extension Center

This workshop is intended to go over safe prescribed burn practices, equipment, and procedures. After the workshop, lunch will be provided.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Would you like to be a fish? Would you like to be able to swim up, down, forward, and backward? Do you think it would feel like flying? How would you breathe, though? How would you get along without arms and legs? In other words, how are fish different from the mammals around us? We’ll discuss the general biology of fish. Also we’ll consider some examples of fishy carnivores (bass, trout, and gar), omnivores (catfish and sturgeon), and herbivores (paddlefish). We’ll also play a fishy game and make a fishy craft.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Food chains and food webs are at the heart of every ecosystem. Explore the dynamics of the relationships between consumers and producers, predators and prey. Then get a chance to dissect a real owl pellet to see the food chain system at work.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Cast iron cooking can enhance any experience in nature. There are certainly tasty benefits to practicing this valuable outdoor skill. Discover the basics of Dutch oven cooking including how to prepare food, temperature control, cleaning and more. We will provide all the fixings and coffee too.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike.

Register by March 12

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This spring break program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing, including proper fish handling. Please meet at the Forest Park Hatchery Lakes located on Grand between Faulkner Dr. and Forest Park Pkwy. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by March 12

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This spring break program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, followed by hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Forest Park Hatchery lakes located on Grand Drive between Faulkner Dr. and Forest Park Parkway . Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by March 17

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Show-Me Stitchers
March 17 • Tuesday • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations begin March 3
(Ages 10+)
Put your needlepoint skills to good use and create a quilt featuring Missouri’s state symbols! Each month, we will learn about a state symbol and create a corresponding quilt block. March will feature the American bullfrog. Please bring your own embroidery needle and bring a hoop if desired. For questions, contact Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by March 19

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Little Acorns: Spring Flowers
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin March 1
Join us for story hour as we lead little ones on a journey to discover nature through literature, nature-based learning, and outdoor fun!! This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. Meet at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.

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