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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: 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, July 12, 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.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 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.

Register by June 26

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Do you have what it takes to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join MDC naturalists as we discover valuable survival skills. Learn the correct actions to take if you find yourself in a survival situation, including how to build a shelter and fire.

Register by June 25

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 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 –5.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn all about the lives of these very busy mammals and the many special ways they are made to live in the water.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 25

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Documentary on Birds (approximately 1hr in length). You are welcome to bring snacks and a blanket/pillow to lay on the floor and watch the
movie. The documentary will be shown in our carpeted classroom, so please no sticky food or drinks that may stain if spilled. After the documentary, participants
will have the chance to make their own wooden bird feeder! Supplies will be
provided, but are limited. Register online at www.mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm,
June 25th.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 28

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6).
Yip! Bark! Hooowl! Coyotes make many sounds to communicate with each other. Trot in to learn more about an important predator and do some coyote calling of our own!

Register by June 28

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 June 28

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Calling all Scouts!
Come and join us for a day of hands on activities that will go towards badge requirements. Activities will include archery (9 and up), fishing and fish identification, mammal and bird studies and much more. This event is free and open to all Scouts, including Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls. The event will be held at August A. Busch Conservation Area on June 29th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. For any further information or questions, contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.Colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ext. 4222.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 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.

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