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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, March 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 8:00am

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 Broken Ridge Trail (to the right)!

Register by March 22

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This Is a rescheduled program from February 22, 2019.

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 March 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 22

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 9
Come to Powder Valley and experience the age-old tradition of Dutch oven cooking. Together we will create a few different recipes and then sample them. Please bring a camp chair and meet at the nature center building.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Florence Williams's book, The NATURE FIX. "Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us."

Register by March 29

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Natural History of Missouri Prairie Orchids
Mar 29 • Friday • 7–8:30 p.m.
(All ages welcome)
Reservations begin February 1
The public is invited to hear Dr. David Ashley (Professor Emeritus of Biology, MWSU) discuss the natural history and biology of two state-endangered native wildflowers, the eastern and western white-fringed prairie orchids. He will also discuss population trends and seasonal phenology on the only Missouri prairies where they are still known to exist.

Register by April 5

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join the Two Bobs (Korpella and Ranney) of the Springfield Plateau Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists for an evening of music, song, photography, and thought on the beauty, health, and future of Missouri's streams and rivers.

Register by April 5

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Artisan Series: Nature Photography Workshop
Apr 6 • Saturday • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Ages 14 and up)
Reservations begin March 6th

Interested in nature? Interested in photography? Come and join professional photographers as they teach techniques on how to incorporate nature into photography. Photos taken during the workshop can be entered the 2019 Powder Valley Photo Contest. Bring your cameras and a sack lunch.

Register by April 11

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin March 28.
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 April 11

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 28.
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 April 11

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Citizen Science and iNaturalist
Apr 13 • Saturday • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up)
Reservations begin March 13th

Interested in learning how you can become a Citizen Scientist? This program will focus on how to use iNaturalist to help monitor the biodiversity in the Greater St. Louis Area. Digital camera, smart phone, tablet or laptop computer are highly recommended, as we will be using this technology to collect, and submit nature observations on iNaturalist, during this program.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 30.

Turkeys aren’t just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays as children learn about wild turkeys in Missouri.

Register by April 15

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 2.
Water connects all living things. Investigate the water cycle, macroinvertebrates, and water in a forest through fun, engaging activities. Learn what you can do to help keep your watershed healthy!

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC's own Noppadol Paothong.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Invasive species come into an area, grow vigorously in their new home, and crowd out many native species. How can they out-compete species that are already so well adapted to this environment? We’ll consider some general reasons and some detailed examples. We’ll also play some games, make a craft and (weather permitting) go outdoors and pull up invasive plants. Please dress for the weather and for going off the trail.

Register by April 26

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild Edibles:
Making Jellies with Spring Wildflowers
April 30 • Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 1
Learn to use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud, and dandelion to make wonderful jellies. Learn the processes and make your own jelly. We will have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with prepared jellies.

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Legends of Conservation presents:
The Art of Conservation, A Visit with Ding Darling
with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other sitting put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them.

Register by May 31

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing THE COURIOUS NATURALIST. Award-winning author Sy Montgomery takes the reader on an exploratory adventure through the seasons, into the woods, along the seashore, over frozen lakes, and right outside the back door.

Register by August 9

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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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