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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, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 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! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Coyote America by Dan Flores. Despite the many ill-informed efforts to annihilate coyotes, they haven’t just survived, they’ve thrived. Found throughout the St. Louis region, and across the continent, these mammals have a fascinating natural and supernatural history.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Harvesting from nature can be a delicious treat! Come explore the many benefits water provide for wildlife and people, such as endless opportunities for popular recreational activities. Continue, rekindle, or start a family tradition with hunting and fishing by being good stewards of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. See demonstrations, learn where to go, and taste samples from the field to the table. Copies of your favorite recipes will be available. Get your taste buds ready and come to Powder Valley for a culinary adventure you’ll never forget!

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October Hallway Exhibit: Kyran Leeker
Kyran Leeker is a self-taught amateur naturalist who researches and photographs wildlife as a hobby. She has a particular passion for reptiles and amphibians but also studies and photographs birds, mammals, fish, insects, and arachnids. Over the course of four years, she has photographed approximately 1,000 species in Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, but she is currently engrossed in studying wildlife and strives to educate others on native biodiversity. Kyran hopes that visitors to the exhibit will be enticed by the photographs and gain an appreciation for the role that each species plays in our ecosystem.

Register by October 4

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) So you say you want to be a Wildlife Veterinarian? Wildlife Veterinarians in general- what do they do? Specifically, what does the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife veterinarian do on a daily basis? Join Sherri Russell, MDC's Wildlife Veterinarian for a behind the scenes look at her job and the work of wildlife health including bears, grouse, deer, and fish.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 21
Listen to fantastic fish story, learn about Missouri’s fish, cast a line for magnetic fish, and sing a fish song.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ever wonder who that bug is? Or what's the name of that plant? Learn how to use the free iNaturalist app and your smart phone to identify the plants, animals, and other species you discover. This festival-style event will include nature discovery stations, local honey tasting, crafts using nature's art supplies, guided hikes, and many more family-friendly activities. Local conservation partners will host information tables and fun activities for all ages. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) If you walk outdoors near woods or trees, the mammals you are most likely to see are squirrels. In spite of the playfulness that makes them fun to watch, squirrels face the same challenges in their lives as any other kind of wildlife. Learn more about these lively little mammals as we celebrate their lives with activities and crafts. Please dress for the weather because if possible we will go outside to look for squirrels.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wolf Spiders are distinctive, diverse, and beneficial. Join David Bruns as he shares images, experiences, and insights about wolf spiders he has encountered, including how to recognize them, how and where they live, what makes them distinctive from other spiders, and why they should be appreciated. This program will be followed by an optional, guided, night-time foray to find and observe a variety of wolf spiders in the habitats of Powder Valley Nature Center. Participants in the nighttime foray should bring a headlamp and wear sensible shoes.

Register by October 18

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(NOTE: This program takes place at Forest 44 Conservation Area.) Have you ever seen a stream disappear? Join MDC naturalists to discover this and other wonders at Forest 44 Conservation Area in St. Louis County. As we hike the 2.5 mile Dogwood Ridge Trail, we will explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of the area. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Directions: Near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 141, take Meramec Station Road west 1 mile, then left on Hillsboro Road 1/2 mile to the area entrance. We will meet in the parking lot. Questions? Call Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 1
Join us for some fall fun as we use inspiration from nature to create a Jack-O’-Lantern. Choose one of our carving stencils to add Missouri’s wildlife to your fall decor. For the little ones we have simple and unique no-carve pumpkin ideas, too!!

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October 26 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
No Registration Required
Join us for a family-friendly art project that will bring fall color inside your home. This leaf-themed activity was designed with young children in mind but is available to anyone who likes to create.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) From almost zero to half a million turkeys in 50 years – Missouri’s restoration of the wild turkey gives us a chance to observe its interesting natural history. Let’s celebrate the return of the wild turkey while learning about these interesting and unique birds, with discussion, activities and crafts. Dress for the weather, because if possible we’ll go outside to look for turkeys or their sign.

Register by November 22

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Adventures of a Young Naturalist an autobiographical account of David Attenborough’s early years as one of the world's leading naturalists. He is well-known by everyone who enjoys wildlife programs on television and an avid conservationist.

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