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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!

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Using the book The Remarkable Egg, by Adelaide Holl, children find out that birds come in all shapes and sizes. They will learn about feathers, beaks and feet. Children will decorate a pair of binoculars to try out in their own backyard.

Register by May 20

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Reservations begin May 7, 2019
Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other sitting put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: George Washington Carver national Monument

The spring prairie is waking from its winter dormancy with bursts of color, bees buzzing, and birds busily flying around. Join staff of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for a guided hike on a prairie near George Washington Carver National Monument. Wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent. Bring water, binoculars, and a camera if desired. Call or email for directions to the prairie and where we will be meeting.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 19

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

Learn how to manage woodland, glade and forest habitat for wildlife and learn about related cost share opportunities. Participants will meet at the Gist Ranch Shooting Range and then drive to the tour site.
Food will be provided.
If you have any questions call Shane Botard at 417-967-3385

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Watershed Management
Fish Management
Aquatic Plant Identification & Managemetn
Spillway/Dam Maintenance
Pre-Register by calling (417) 682-3571, ext. 3129

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: George Washington Carver national Monument

The spring prairie is waking from its winter dormancy with burst of color, bees buzzing, and birds busily flying around. Join staff of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for guided hike on a prairie near George Washington Carver National Monument. Wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent. Bring water, binoculars, and a camera if desired. Call or email for directions to the prairie where we will be meeting.

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

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 May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
May 21 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin May 7
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Register by May 21

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 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.
*Please only register your child for this event*

Register by May 21

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by May 22

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Get ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the insects that light up the summer nights. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take home one to help you celebrate all summer long.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 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 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 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

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Come learn about the water cycle, how it works, and why it is important!

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