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Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

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, 2019. Winners will be announced in a Missouri Department of Conservation press release and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2020. 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: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October Hallway Exhibit: Kyran Leeker
Kyran Leeker is a self-taught amateur naturalist who researches and photographs wildlife as a hobby. She has a particular passion for reptiles and amphibians but also studies and photographs birds, mammals, fish, insects, and arachnids. Over the course of four years, she has photographed approximately 1,000 species in Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, but she is currently engrossed in studying wildlife and strives to educate others on native biodiversity. Kyran hopes that visitors to the exhibit will be enticed by the photographs and gain an appreciation for the role that each species plays in our ecosystem.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 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 October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Circle S Feed Company

Lunch provided. Weather permitting, a demo burn will be conducted in the afternoon so dress appropriately (leather boots and gloves) as participation is highly encouraged. 660-885-6981 for information.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever walked outside, discovered a feather, and wondered from what bird it came? Join us as we learn the anatomy and function of feathers. In this class you will make two ornaments using game bird feathers.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Crawl in to join us in learning more about our misunderstood eight-legged friends. Spiders are handy insect eaters, amazing web builders, and some are even cute! We will have lots of activities, games, crafts, and even live spiders!

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever wondered, why opossums hang around dumpsters, know when trash day is and do they really hang upside down with their naked tails? Discover the answers to those questions and more interesting facts about Missouri’s only marsupial.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngsters to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to watch a riveting documentary on the fascinating birds that are Hummingbirds! You are welcome to bring snack/a pillow or blanket to lay on the floor. We will be viewing the documentary in our carpeted classroom, so please no sticky snacks or drinks that would stain.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever walked outside, discovered a feather, and wondered from what bird it came? Join us as we learn the anatomy and function of feathers. In this class you will make two ornaments using game bird feathers.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Fish or Treat - Halloween Fishing for Families - wear your Halloween costume and spend a little family time fishing this Halloween season. Fishing, games and prizes for biggest fish of the day and scariest costume.

Rods, tackle, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

No fishing permit required to fish during this event.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Nature Center! Bring your costume and walk our Trek N’ Treat Trail to meet some of our night time creature characters. These unusual Missouri creatures may seem spooky at first, but once you get to know them you’ll see they are just misunderstood and play an important role in our ecosystem. Nature themed crafts and games and a fall campfire with treats will make for a memorable evening with friends and family. This event is perfect for all ages.

Register by October 17

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Creatures of the Night
Oct 19 • Saturday • 7:00–8:30 p.m.
(Families)
Reservations begin September 28.
Some Missouri animals are very visible during the day, but others come out at night. Do you know which ones? Explore the night at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to find out which animals might be exploring too.

Register by October 20

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pine Ridge Campground

Register by October 17

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

October 20 • Sunday • 1 pm – 4 pm
(All ages)
Reservations begin September 29.
Explore the rich diversity of habitats at Columbia Bottom and learn more about them by using the Passport books as you visit several of the Exploration Stations. Complete the exploration and receive a Columbia Bottom patch. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 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, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn to quilt with a purpose. That purpose? It’s to learn not only quilting techniques but about the Missouri Ozarks by designing a quilt block based on that theme. The quilt block and topic for this month is the white-tailed deer. By attending all twelve of the monthly sessions you will be able to complete an entire “Ozark- based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can e made online at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn to quilt with a purpose. That purpose? It’s to learn not only quilting techniques but about the Missouri Ozarks by designing a quilt block based on that theme. The quilt block and topic for this month is the white-tailed deer. By attending all twelve of the monthly sessions you will be able to complete an entire “Ozark- based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can e made online at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by October 23

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+ years).
Fall on Ozark streams is a truly magical time. The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool so come join us for a short kayak float on the Gasconade river. Bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather. All equipment is provided.

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 21

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Big Creek Conservation Area

Join us at Big Creek Conservation Area (Royal Oak Rd Parking Lot) for a hayride and other fall festivities! There will be two rides scheduled at 5:30 & 6:30. We will have presentations going for those waiting/back from the ride. Please register online by 5PM, October 21st and we will contact you for which ride time you will be attending.

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