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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 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 18

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by June 17

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy trout fishing and a fish fry at Roaring River State Park. We will fly fish or spin fish in our own privately stocked trout pool in the morning and then learn how to clean and fry trout for lunch. Make plans to join us for a great outdoor experience! Transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (at least one child 0-2 and one 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 17

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 3: June 18
Lesson 1 on June 4 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.
This class is for children ages 7 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 3: June 18
Lesson 1 on June 4 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ladies ages 16+;ages 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult) Let's get outside for a fun-filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills adventure! Would you like to discover the fun in learning to use a spear-thrower, testing your archery skills, mastering the skill of fire starting and participating in other outdoor skill that will enhance your experiences in nature? Come join us for our third annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center!

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2).
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!

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Modern tools and inventions make wildlife simpler, but what was it like in the past? We will take a
look at some primitive survival skills and get some hands-on experience.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, June 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Youth Beginning Air Rifle
June 20 • Thursday • 9:30 a.m. –noon
Ages 9–15
Reservations begin May 15
Youth new to shooting are invited to participate in an instructor-led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety, and proper technique. All shooting equipment will be provided. Participants will also enjoy a naturalist-led hike and explore one of Powder Valley’s creeks.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Clinton Office

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.

Register by June 19

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Everyday Pond, MWSU Campus

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, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (at least one child 0-2 and one 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 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about water’s incredible journey and who lives in Missouri’s waters as we dive into summer. Ages 7-12. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights”, make a special firefly jar to take home, and help us catch some fireflies on the lawn at Walter Woods Conservation Area. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Walter Wood Conservation Area

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ornithology: Winged Wonders

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild! Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer is officially here. We’ll start inside to learn about summer before we take the little ones on a summer sensory stroll. Ages 0-2. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program is for women only. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. 14-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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