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Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Please welcome a nature photography display of award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong, Paothong's photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up) Looking at a skeleton can give you a key to the animal’s life. Did it swim, fly, walk, or slither? Did it eat plants, meat, or both? “Key out” a mystery mammal skull in our special question-and-answer maze.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages)
Reservations are required and begin immediately.
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 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Feb 5 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin January 16
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. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) In the forest, among the fish and the wildlife, who eats what? Further, how does the energy from sunshine end up in a bobcat? How does a tree help a rabbit breathe? Let’s investigate nature's complex web of food chains and energy flow. Join in a special yarn-toss web game. Play with lots of nature puppets, ranging from armadillo to woodchuck. And while we’re at it, since we love our forest, fish and wildlife, let’s make them a creative food-chain Valentine’s card!
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages
Registration begins 12/31/2019
Native bees are the unsung heroes that are critical to plant pollination, local wildlife, and our kitchens. Get up close and personal with some of Missouri's native bees through presentations with local experts. Participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the bees' contributions to our food, home, and St. Louis!

Presentation will start at 10am with activities to follow. Activities include but not limiting to, bee hotels, bee bath, and salsa making.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(all ages welcome)
The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an evening with award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood Friday, February 21 from 7-9 p.m. Paothong’s photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Thursday: February 27th: 6 to 7:30pm (Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center); Saturday: February 29th:12 to 4pm (Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park).
(Ages 5 and up)
Reservations begin January 15th

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday, February 27th at 6pm to briefly go over caves and safety and then we will meet at Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday, February 29th at 12pm (noon) for the field trip portion where we will survey different cave biology as well as learning how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress warm. Bring an extra change of clothes, water and snacks/lunch. 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, or inclement weather such as heavy snow or ice.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Would you like to be a fish? Would you like to be able to swim up, down, forward, and backward? Do you think it would feel like flying? How would you breathe, though? How would you get along without arms and legs? In other words, how are fish different from the mammals around us? We’ll discuss the general biology of fish. Also we’ll consider some examples of fishy carnivores (bass, trout, and gar), omnivores (catfish and sturgeon), and herbivores (paddlefish). We’ll also play a fishy game and make a fishy craft.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by April 4

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) Missouri is “just ducky!” The state’s lakes, rivers, ponds, streams and marshes are full of ducks to observe and enjoy. Do ducks migrate? Where are they in the food chain? How do different ducks live? Some ducks “dabble” around near the shore, but others dive deep underwater to find food. Want to learn more? Let’s get down and “ducky” today!
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

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