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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by May 10

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the great outdoors, but don’t know how to start? Join us as we discuss basic camera types, tips and tricks, and some great places to start your nature photography.

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 12

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn more about invasive, non—native plants through hands on experiences? Powder Valley staff are offering a plant removal day on the Powder Valley grounds where you will not only learn to identify plants such as garlic mustard, beefsteak, and bush honeysuckle, but you will also participate in removing these plants from Tanglevine and Hickory Ridge Trails.

This program will have a limit of 50 people with use of mask and social distancing practices. All ages are welcome and every person that will be in attendance needs to be registered for the program.

Be sure to wear long pants, work/hiking boots, gloves, water, and bring insect repellent if needed, as we will be in the woods for a good portion of the program.

In the case of inclement weather, the date will be postponed.

We will meet at the staging area (pavilion) off of Tanglevine Trail.

Register by May 17

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for Creature Feature Episode Four! This month we will talking about a fuzzy little critter that is considered the king/queen of the pollinators. These buzzy, busy little workers love to collect nectar and pollen from flowers to feed their large families. Can you guess with this creature is? This month, we will watch a short video clip, read a short storybook, and learn a new word associated with that animal. We may even have a special live guest join us!

Please be sure to use a device that can transmit audio as we will play a video with sound during this program.

This program is designed for kids ranging from age 3-7, but all ages are welcome. This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact holly.balassi@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 23

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri has a wide variety of terrestrial natural communities including a desert like habitat called a glade. These communities contain very shallow soil, with exposed bedrock, and are often hot and dry. Many unique plants and animals, such as the Fremont’s leather flower, Missouri primrose, Texas brown tarantula, eastern collared lizards, and small-footed bats call these places home.

Join us as we take a hike around Valley View Glades Natural Area in Jefferson County off of Hwy B. The trail is approximately 2.6 miles and not only covers extensive glade complexes, but also goes through an oak/hickory forest; perfect for migrating songbirds. The trail is on natural surfaces, and has a moderate difficulty, so please wear appropriate footwear, and bring a walking stick if desired. Please register each individual attending as spaces will be limited to 30 individuals. Social distancing will be practiced and please bring a mask. Ages 10 and up.

Register by May 26

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Get ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the insects that light up the summer nights. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take one home to help you celebrate all summer long.

This is an in-person program. You will receive an email prior to the program with the exact meeting location at Powder Valley.

Register by May 28

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

We will be meeting outside in the Staging area to discuss Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

Wilson recalls his fascinating lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. “Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. Their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg.” Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson takes us on a wonderful journey recalling his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with many of the Earth’s more than 15,000 ant species.

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