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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 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: 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.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive Clifty Creek Natural Area and Painted Rock Conservation Area in Maries & Osage Counties. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Register by May 24

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Let’s spend a beautiful late spring morning hiking the 2.2 mile Rock Quarry Trail. There will be many native wildflowers and ferns along the way. You will learn some of the amazing history of Rockwoods as we pass scars of man’s presence in the past. Effort = Moderate

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Many homeowners are discovering the benefits of landscaping with native plants. Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses, and they provide better habitat for butterflies, songbirds, and other local wildlife.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites people to purchase native plants at its Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at 201 W. Riviera Drive in Joplin.

In addition to being able to buy plants, people can also get information on how to incorporate various types of native plants into their landscaping plans and how these plants can attract and benefit wildlife such as butterflies and birds.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

What is the Missouri state bird? State fish? State tree? Join us to learn more about the natural state symbols of Missouri. No registration required. For more information call (417)334-4865 ext 0.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages).
Stop by the nature center and explore the wet and wild life of Missouri's fish! Enjoy activities, displays, and even go fishing at the Runge pond.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 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.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 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.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about Missouri’s two species of snapping turtles as well as turtles that may be mistaken for snapping turtles! We hope to have a snapping turtle or two in attendance as well as other species of turtles to help participants learn how to identify each species.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There are many smartphone apps available to help identify plants and animals, track your sightings, and learn more about the outdoors. Get an introductory lesson in outdoor smartphone apps and be better prepared for your next outdoor activity. All ages.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Slither, hop, crawl or swim into the exciting world of Missouri’s cold-blooded critters. These unique animals play an important part in our diverse ecosystems. Join us as we learn about these amazing creatures and get an up-close look at some of them. Stick around for the scheduled Critter Feeding afterward.

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 11:30am

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 - 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.

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