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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 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Register and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our naturalists. We’ll explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, towel, hat, and shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs). Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 16

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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Registration required (ages 8–11)
Discover the fun of these sports as a hobby or used as hunting tools. We will teach the basics of each and have time to practice for more consistent and accurate shooting. Dress to be outside (wear closed toed shoes - no sandals or flip flops), use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle. This program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 16

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin July 3
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Riverside Regional Library

Explore Missouri's native night life with naturalist Alex Holmes.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Join us to learn about the fascinating insect that is the Honey Bee, why it is important, why it in in danger of going extinct and how we can help save it. You have heard of bird baths, but have you heard of a bee bath? Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them after the presentation. We will be working with acrylic paint, so please bring a smock or clothes that can get paint on them.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Riverside Regional Library

Explore Missouri's native night life with naturalist Alex Holmes.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Riverside Regional Library

Explore Missouri's native night life with naturalist Alex Holmes.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Not everyone likes fried fish, but everyone loves cookies. We will be learning some basic fish identification, then celebrating fish and fishing by decorating cookies. Program is free.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 adult

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 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 - 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 - 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.

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!

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 - 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 17

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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This program includes firearm safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

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.

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