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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 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: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many beautiful quilts will be on display at Runge Nature Center during July and August, crafted by participants of the Nature's Needlers program. Celebrating 22 years of nature quilts!

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, September 13, 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!

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

August Hallway Exhibit
Approximately two dozen members of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP) will be showing their vision of summer during the month of August. MoNEP members are all ages and have different levels of experience. Meetings are held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun in three ways:
• Come to one of the monthly meetings
• Come to the Powder Valley Nature Photography Workshop (August 10th)
• Attend the multiday photography seminar, hosted by MoNep, featuring renowned nature photographer Jennifer king (September 14 and 15).
• Please visit www.monep.org for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 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: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours run Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about Missouri’s wild edibles currently “ready to eat” including Wild Sumac, Wild Plums and Hazelnuts

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Pollinator Party!
August 20 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin July 20
You can bee and feel amazing while learning about our native pollinators! Come and learn how invertebrates such as bees and butterflies pollinate plants. Then see bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates up close and personal as we go searching for these amazing creatures.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will introduce you to the sport of duck hunting. We will cover habitat, biology, migration patterns, clothing, firearms, blinds, safety and more. Then we will work on some calling techniques.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

New and potential hunters are often overwhelmed by all the equipment one seems to need to undertake hunting. Truth is, it’s simple to get started. Join our team of experienced hunters to learn about the different hunting strategies and the gear you will need for each one.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Emily Porter at Emily.Porter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 3: August 20th
Lesson 1 on August 13th 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.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Meet at the nature center and drive to Arrow Rock State Park in Saline County. Trail: Moderate, 5 miles.

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Young hummingbirds have much to learn about finding food! Fly in to learn more about what hummingbirds like to eat and where they find it.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 22

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Young hummingbirds have much to learn about finding food! Fly in to learn more about what hummingbirds like to eat and where they find it.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by August 22

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 4: August 22nd
Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 1

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Nature 2.0
Thursday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(12+) Love technology? Also Love getting outdoors? Why not combine the two and use technology in the form of your smartphone and the i-Naturalist App to discover what types of plants and animals live in your backyard, and local conservation areas. I-Naturalist is an online database and network of casual and professional observers who help document plants and animals worldwide. The app uses new photo recognition software to help identify or narrow down what species of plant or animal you’re seeing. In this program we will do a brief classroom session to go over the features of the i-Naturalist app and how to use it. Afterwards we will go outside to explore a .7-mile paved trail and use the app to make observations of what we find. (Please dress accordingly as the majority of the program will be held outdoors).
(Participants should have a wireless device with a camera that can be used with cellular data service and already have the i-Naturalist App loaded on their device and already created their free i-Naturalist account before coming to the program. (Please note that data use and other service charges may apply depending on your plan and service provider).

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