Events

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Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

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 Tanglevine Trail!

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.

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Hibernation Sensation
Jan 16 • Wednesday • 10am to 1130am
(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin January 2nd.
Some animals migrate to warmer climates during the winter months, while others pack on extra fat to withstand winter’s harsh climates. However, some animals enter true hibernation to keep themselves safe from the winter environment. Come and learn what animals in Missouri are true hibernators and what the animals do to prepare for such a lengthy nap!

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This Program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Aside from looking awesome, skulls can also tell you a lot about the animals that they come from! Join us as we study the unique features from a variety of different animal skulls. At the end of our program you will test your ability to identify animals by looking only at their skulls.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center first to briefly go over caves and safety and then we will caravan to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County for the field trip portion. The field trip will consist of surveying for different cave biology as well as learning how graffiti is removed from cave. Please dress in layers and dress warm. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights). Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by February 13

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come join us as we participate in the large scale Citizen Science event The Great Backyard bird Count by counting bird numbers and species! We will start out in the classroom presenting on what the Great Backyard Bird Count is, how you can participate at home and then we will go out and count birds at our feeders and or trails! This is a fun way to enjoy birds in your own backyard while providing scientific data!

Register by February 22

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

St. Louis has many quality lake and pond fishing opportunities, but most St. Louis anglers don't know about them. Did you know that within a one-hour drive of the Arch, there are over 80 public lakes comprising over 1200 acres of water?

Come learn about these overlooked St. Louis fishin' holes on February 22, 2019 (7 to 8:30 pm) at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries management biologist Kevin Meneau, will present information on STL area fishing lakes including:
- locations, regulations
- what to fish for and some ways to catch them
- findings of Conservation Department fish surveys
- "Top Three" fishing picks
- special happenings for the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program during 2019.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The public is invited to hear Dr. David Ashley (Professor Emeritus of Biology, MWSU) give a presentation titled “Natural History of Missouri Prairie Orchids”. This presentation was developed for a public audience with a broad background and interests. Dr. Ashley will discuss the natural history and biology of two state-endangered prairie orchids based on more than 20 years of collaborative work among researchers from MWSU, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will discuss population trends and seasonal phenology of the eastern and western white-fringed prairie orchids on the only Missouri prairies where they are still known to exist. Studies to determine the likely insect pollinators will also be described.

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