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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, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 29, 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 (the May 8 feeding will be Tuesday, May 7 3-3:30 PM).

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come by the nature center to view the lobby exhibit featuring artist Jim Peters. Jim primarily paints in the challenging medium of transparent watercolor. His unique method of painting with "other liquids" is an original technique. These paintings are rendered mixing the paint with other water-soluble liquids such as milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade as well as beer, wine, and whiskey.

Another unique and original aspect of Jim's work is that he uses water from the source of the subject he is painting. For instance, if Jim is painting a snow scene, he will use melted snow in place of tap water; for creek scenes, creek water, for lakes, lake water, etc.

Jim and his wife, Betty, reside in rural Franklin County just outside of Washington, MO.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00am

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!

Register by May 28

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Register by May 28

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is a delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 27

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

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

Register by May 29

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Native grasses and prairies are an important part of Missouri’s ecosystem. Join us to learn about native grasses, prairies and wild flowers, who they benefit and how to protect them.

Register by May 29

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 10–15)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 6–10)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 6–10)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Static Archery Range located at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. 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 May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
You are invited to our annual stream team clean-up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Let’s wade in the water, pick up trash, and scoop for live aquatic insects, fish, or amphibians. Then take a break for a quick snack. Don’t forget to wear old clothes and shoes to get wet and muddy.

Register by May 31

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Registration begins April 30
This month we will be discussing THE COURIOUS NATURALIST. Award-winning author Sy Montgomery takes the reader on an exploratory adventure through the seasons, into the woods, along the seashore, over frozen lakes, and right outside the back door.

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITING!

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 7:30am to 1:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Age 12 and up)
Birds are most active in the early morning hours, and it’s a great time of the year to see what lives in the marsh habitat of Marais Temps Clair (MTC). Discover MTC on 5-mile hike in the early morning sun!
******This program meets at Marais Temps Clair******

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are following us from the Nature Center or meeting us there. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tilles Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by the MDC urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-615-8911.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are riding with us from the Nature Center. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

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