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

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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, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am

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Runge Nature Center has free fishing rods, reels, and tackle to loan. Stop by the front desk anytime during business hours, sign out the equipment, and have fun fishing!

Call 573-526-5544 or email Runge@mdc.mo.gov for details.

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

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Many beautiful quilts will be on display at Runge Nature Center during July and August, crafted by participants of the Nature's Needlers program. Celebrating 22 years of nature quilts!

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

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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.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, September 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

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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!

Register by July 16

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

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Do you know the difference between a red fox and a gray fox? How many different kinds of skunks live in Missouri? What’s the largest rodent in North America? These are just some of the things you will learn when you attend the “Missouri Mammals and More” program brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation and hosted by East Central College. See if you can identify the pelts of the 14 different species of furbearers that live in Missouri, plus a few other kinds of mammals that share the same habitat. Believe it or not, many of these animals communicate with various calls and vocalizations out in the wild. See if you can tell the difference between the sounds that mammals make verses the sounds some birds make. It’s not as easy as you might think! So come join us at East Central College this summer and enjoy this interactive program that is sure to peak your interest as we learn about Missouri mammals, and a few birds too.

Note: There are no live mammals or birds at this program. The pelts of furbearers and other mammals are used for display and teaching aids.

Ages: 8 - 15 years old

East Central College is hosting this program and there is a $20 registration fee per person. Please call East Central College at 636/584-6529 to complete the registration process with them.

This program is not recommended for people who are allergic to domestic animals

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Another easily recognized butterfly, the Great Spangled Fritillary, is the subject of our July meeting. Find out where to find this Flying Jewel and what its favorite food is. Enjoy sharing quilting tips or just come for the informative program.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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The droning sounds of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Held at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free.

Register by July 18

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

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Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two!

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Another easily recognized butterfly, the Great Spangled Fritillary, is the subject of our July meeting. Find out where to find this Flying Jewel and what its favorite food is. Enjoy sharing quilting tips or just come for the informative program.

Register by July 18

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While we usually think of bats only at Halloween, warm spring and summer nights provide some of the best bat viewing. During this program we’ll take a closer look at these acrobatic flying mammals and find out why they’re so important to our daily lives. Please no younger siblings, and only one adult per group of children. Ages 7-12. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

*** This event will be held at the Conservation Commission Headquarters located at 2901 W. Truman Blvd. Look for the blue Runge canopy. ***

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 19–Fishing Fun

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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Entomology and Herpetology: Creepy Crawly Investigation

All Ages

Explore animals that crawl, creep, and slither through investigations and observations. Observe and touch LIVE reptiles. Discover hidden worlds of insects and other friends of the forest.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast.

Register by July 7

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 5:30pm to Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

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This two day course will teach anglers techniques for catching catfish on Missouri's waters using alternative methods. This event is a partnership with the Corps of Engineers as they will be providing free camping opportunities for participants of the event.
Friday evening participants will be taken on Mark Twain Lake and shown how to safely set lines and navigate the river. Once off the water presentations will be made on regulations tactics and gear. Saturday morning participants will be show how to retrieve fish from a boat. A fish cleaning demo will be conducted upon return to the park. This is a two day event. Participants will need to provide their own food, drink, sunscreen, and other personal items. Fishing equipment will be provided. Please have each person in your party sign up separate. For Questions contact Rob at (660)785-2420 or rob.garver@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen of Shortleaf Band for some music of the Ozarks. Well known for their Fiddles and Forests and Voices of the Hills CDs, this duo promises to delight! Mike, an accomplished fiddle player, along with the complementary music and voice of Tenley, the duo promises an entertaining evening of stories and music of the Ozarks.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

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Register by July 20

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn canoeing basics as we explore Lake Springfield. We will meet at the Southwood Access and go over canoeing strokes and safety before heading out on the water. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) will be provided. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield, just west of the Highway 65 bridge) take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65. Then, travel west on Evans Road, and then north on Southwood Road. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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MDC has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain areas must use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves. Bois D' Arc CA is one of the newly added areas so in an attempt to assist hunters be more successful with their harvest this September we are hosting a program that teaches hunters how to shoot steel shot. This comprehensive program will teach you how to pattern test your equipment and how to make better shots which reduces wounding and increases harvest rates. For more information about this program please call 417-742-4361.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am

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Registration required (Ages 8-11; Youths must be accompanied by an adult)
The BB gun often serves as a first gun for many youth. This fun introduction to the safe and responsible use of BB guns will serve new and future BB gun owners well. Our certified firearms instructors will provide some basic training in rifle shooting fundamentals while allowing participants to have fun plinking at some reactive targets in a safe and structured environment.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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Registration required (ages 12–18)
Insects play an important role in science but are often overlooked. We will take a closer look into the science of studying insects through hands-on activities including making an insect collection. Plus, you will get to take your collection and supplies home!

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

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