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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: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come view Missouri, Naturally paintings in our lobby by artist Dave Carter, during the months of March and April.
Artist’s Statement
“Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man”.
This Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote effectively describes the two paths my artwork has traversed these past few years. On the one hand I enjoy producing traditional paintings of land and seascapes, portraits, and wildlife—surface considerations of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting to the spirit. On the other
hand I am moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the soul with something unexpected.
The “job” of the visual artist is to react and respond to any and all aspects of existence as it appears materially, as it is experienced rationally/intuitively, and as it is discerned metaphysically. None of these very different approaches to depiction is superior to the others. As a culture, we need all of them to maintain a balance of familiar expectations, exploratory comprehension, and adventurous surprise.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Broken Ridge Trail (to the right)!

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration requied (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: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration requied (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week. April 12 & 26.

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Livingston County Library

To register call the Livingston Co. Library at 660-646-0547.

For additional information call Conservation Educator, Adam Brandsgaard at 660-646-6122.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Have you ever wondered how chemicals, sediment, and other materials get into Missouri rivers and streams? Before using the interactive Stream Trailer/Enviroscape we will watch a presentation to understand why water quality is important!

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Nature is wild and has its beauty. So what better way to enjoy that beauty than to enjoy it with safety? This month’s Little Stinker’s topic is Bear Aware and features the book, “It’s the BEAR!” by Jez Alborough. The main character, Eddie, finds himself alone in the woods after this mom goes back to get the pie she forgot to bring for their picnic. A very large bear comes and gobbles up the picnic lunch and is now looking for dessert. Eddie is hoping he is not the dessert the bear has in mind. Find out what happens next and join us after the story for some activities based on the Bear Aware theme.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
April 23 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 9
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.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Animal communication is a hoot! Learn about some of the entertaining and interesting ways animals communicate to each other through sounds, smells, visual cues, and touch. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, and pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Ages 0-2.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 19

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 16+)
Create a unique, wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, or brooch. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry.
Registration ends April 19th at 11:30 pm.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 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.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages.

Register by April 25

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Some turtles have armor, some turtles have skin, some are tiny and some really big! Crawl in for some turtle talks, turtle walks, turtle tales, and even some close encounters with real turtles!

Register by April 24

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Smoke & Fire: history and legend of the long rifle on the American frontier, 1754 - 1850. No other single object in the American experience has as much history, legend or lore associated with it. The long rifle is a truly American invention and in the forests and prairies of the expanding frontier it made its mark. Whether carried by Daniel Boone into the wilds of Kentucky, Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discover or with William Becknell down the Santa Fe trail, these rifles shaped our country. Join MDC Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers as we explore the history and contemporary use of the long rifle.

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