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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.

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: 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.

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Registration begins June 4, 2019.
Did you ever have fun watching fireflies on a summer evening? It’s even more fun when you know about their amazing lives! (You would never guess what the larvae eat!) Join us to learn more, while enjoying displays, activities and crafts.

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin June 27
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 July 11

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin June 27
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 July 16

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin June 3
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Entomology and Herpetology: Creepy Crawly Investigation

All Ages

Explore animals that crawl, creep, and slither through investigations and observations. Observe and touch LIVE reptiles. Discover hidden worlds of insects and other friends of the forest.

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.

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen of Shortleaf Band for some music of the Ozarks. Well known for their Fiddles and Forests and Voices of the Hills CDs, this duo promises to delight! Mike, an accomplished fiddle player, along with the complementary music and voice of Tenley, the duo promises an entertaining evening of stories and music of the Ozarks.

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 12 to Adult)
Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis, athlete, author, speaker, and National Geographic
Adventurer of the Year.

Jennifer has logged more than 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. In 2011, she set the overall fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 straight days. Jennifer has written articles for The New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker and Trail Runner and has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. She will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions, and signing copies of her new book "The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience" which Kirkus Reviews calls “a captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off ”.

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