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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 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

Register by May 23

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 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.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 7+)
Never paddled a canoe before but always wanted to try? Bring your family and stop by to learn the basic skills necessary to keep afloat while having fun. We will be using our kids’ fishing lake to practice our strokes in a safe environment. This event is come and go as you like. Adult supervision is required for ages 7-17.

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!

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While the mere thought of a snake may make parents shudder, kids love them. Come to this month’s meeting to learn all the fun facts about Missouri’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
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.

Date: Friday, May 24, 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 PERMITTING!

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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 snakes are fed every other week (May 24).

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Are you noticing wildlife around your home? Come chat about different types of “nuisance” wildlife and learn how we can better co-exist with them. You may also glean a few tips and tricks on how to keep wildlife out of places you don’t want them to be.

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 25

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 27 (ages 0–2)
The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees. We will hit the trail to explore the many layers of the forest while looking for the wild creatures that live within.

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 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 - 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 23

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

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

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 - 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.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 27 (ages 0–2)
The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees. We will hit the trail to explore the many layers of the forest while looking for the wild creatures that live within.

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.

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