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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 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Monday, September 30, 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, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 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.

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
The Junior Duck Stamp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the talents and environmental stewardship of young people throughout the United States. This competition is open to student’s kindergarten through high school to create artwork depicting North American Waterfowl. First place winners from each state advance to the national competition. The winning artwork will be produced as the National Junior Duck Stamp for 2019. Take a few moments this fall to view the artwork of these talented youth. The display will be at Burr Oak Woods in September and the Discovery Center in October.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.

***We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304***

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 16

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. All equipment will be provided.

Register by September 16

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
September 17 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin September
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18. ) https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

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! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Gans Creek Wild Area, Boone County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 7 miles

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Freshwater Jellyfish are a tiny, stalked form of the jellyfish that lives as colonies attached to stable underwater surfaces such as rooted plants, rocks, or tree stumps. Join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures that can be found in Missouri.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Old Marceline City Reservoir

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

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join this volunteer-led activity and explore butterflies through stories and crafts. Activities are geared for ages 3-6, but siblings are welcome.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The ninth block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the easily recognized monarch butterfly. Besides studying this wandering insect, enjoy sharing your nature experiences and quilting tips with others.

Register by September 19

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Old Marceline City Reservoir

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

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The ninth block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the easily recognized monarch butterfly. Besides studying this wandering insect, enjoy sharing your nature experiences and quilting tips with others.

Register by September 18

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

The early bow season is one of the best times of the year to notch your deer tag on a mature whitetail deer. Join our team of seasoned hunters for this seminar covering some of the tactics commonly used to hunt September whitetails. Seminar topics will include deer biology, habits and hunting strategies.

Register by September 18

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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 September 19

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join avid outdoorsman Don Brink for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program you’ll be ready to head out on your own. Ages 10-adult.

Register by September 19

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park

(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin September 6.
Missouri’s mammals come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Some are born with lots of hair, and some, not much at all. Join us for fun mammalian activities which illustrate what makes a mammal. Meet at Stone Shelter.

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

From caterpillar, to chrysalis, to brand new butterfly, the life of these beautiful insects is truly amazing. Flutter in to learn more about these winged wonders!

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) Explore the world of the wild with Emmy® Award winning singers and songwriters, WildHeart performing at Powder Valley! Come along on their musical journey discovering nature right here in Missouri. Move and groove to upbeat, conservation-friendly tunes that sing of wild animals, their characteristics and habitats! Kids and families will love to sing along on the journey discovering new moves and joining in on the adventure! It’s WildHeart…bringing the heart of the wild, to the heart of the child.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Instructors will provide information on the different types of firearms, ammunition, marksmanship skills and care and cleaning, plus much more. There will be a live-fire session; bring your own firearm or use ours!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Welcome autumn as we hike the varied habitats at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. We’ll stop and take in the views and have lunch along the way. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Pack a lunch, water, and dress for the weather. The trail is rocky and appropriate footwear is a must.

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