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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.

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 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by October 22

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

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. We will embrace fall with a canvas painting and information about the season. While paintings dry join us for a short hike. This class is for all experience levels. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, please no alcohol.

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!!

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 18 and up (Must be able to hike 14.3 miles)
Hike the entire Green Rock Trail through Rockwoods Reservation, Greensfelder County Park, and Rockwoods Range with Rockwoods Reservations Naturalists. We will hike the entire trail one way starting at Rockwoods Reservations and ending at Rockwoods Range. Fall color will be near peak brilliance all along the trail. Naturalist staff will pick up participants after finishing the trail and take them back to Rockwoods Reservation. Please come prepared to hike the entire day with backpacks, snacks, a light lunch, water, and other essentials. The Green Rock Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. Please wear appropriate clothing and gear for the weather and terrain.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Weldon Spring Conservation Area

Join us for an 8.3-mile hike through the forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Missouri River overlooks offer panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors that you don’t want to miss!

Dress for the weather. Bring water, lunch, binoculars for bird viewing, camera.

Program meets at Weldon Springs Conservation Area/ Lewis and Clark Trail head

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: East Central College

Many deer hunters go through extensive preparation getting ready for deer season. Preparation should include what to do with the deer after it’s harvested. How to get it from the “field to freezer” and then from the “freezer to fork”. This class at East Central College covers the second part of that process, the “freezer to fork” part.
If you’re looking for new ways to prepare your venison, well this workshop is for you. Join Chef Mike from East Central College as he demonstrates the basics of market butchery and preparing venison for the dinner table. We will use 100% of this deer to make tasty morsels with something everyone will enjoy; offering alternatives to brats or sausages. Registration for this class is required --- by telephone only. Call East Central College at 636-584-6529

If you’re interested in the “field to freezer” part, join the folks at Henges Shooting Range on September 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 16th) or at the August A. Busch Shooting Range on October 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 7th). Both of these classes require pre-registration on this same website.
Look for other related courses on the MDC website (pre-registration required):
Sausage and Burger Making October 1st 6:00pm Henges
Venison Cooking Class October 2nd 6:00pm Henges

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 October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 7 to 12)
Reservations begin October 1.
Ever wonder how owls eat the way they do? Like many birds, owls have a very different way of digesting food. Let’s see what kind of leftovers they may leave behind. Meet at the Stone Shelter.

Register by October 30

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Interact with and learn about some of the “spooky” critters found in Missouri! There are many creepy-crawly, slippery-slimy, and night-time prowling wildlife in Missouri. Get ready to be amazed, or spooked, by our diverse wildlife.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Junior Duck Stamp: Best of Show Exhibit

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Students complete a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers”. The Junior Duck Stamp *Best of Show* pieces are displayed throughout the United States from May until April the following year. The artwork will be exhibited at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center during the month of November 2019.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Landscapes and Birds of Missouri, November hallway exhibit by Joseph Parish

The exhibit is multimedia, with the various works being done in classic water color, opaque water color (French Gouache), acrylic, oils, and photography. Most of the artwork consists of birds of Missouri, including common songbirds, water fowl, and raptors. In addition, the exhibit includes a few Missouri landscapes, which may be familiar to you, presented in different styles and media. Typically, a work is inspired from original photographs taken by myself right here in Missouri ranging from my own backyard to the Mississippi Flyway.

I like birds for perhaps all the usual reasons that you do, but as an artist, I am intrigued by the variety of striking plumage pattern and color, yet commonly maintaining a similarly simple shape that is easy to capture. I appreciate the wide variety of ecosystems that birds inhabit, which adds to the challenge and pleasure of integrating classic landscape art, but in a way, that will enhance and not distract from the subject.

Register by November 1

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

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn to identify Missouri’s tastiest organisms: Mushrooms! We will focus on mushrooms available for harvest in November and the winter. We will begin with a presentation on identifying winter mushrooms, and end with a short hike to see if we can find any tasty morsels here at Rockwoods.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Gifts To and From Nature
November 7 • Thursday • 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Fall is a favorite time to discover the beauty of nature. Use natural materials to create a masterpiece all your own. All supplies will be provided for you to decorate a wreath or invent your own décor. You’ll leave with a gift for you and one for wildlife in your backyard. Meet at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.

Register by November 6

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Winter is coming and so is wildlife looking for new homes to stay warm. Are they planning on taking yours over? Don’t lose the battle! This program will offer tips and suggestions for homeowners on how to keep or stop nuisance wildlife from entering your house and the common entry points they use. Learn about the different types of wildlife that commonly cause problems and what you can do to keep wildlife in the wild. (Reservations begin October 7th).

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Meet the Artist: Joseph Parish
Nov 9 • Saturday • 10 a.m. –1 p.m.
No Registration Required
Come and enjoy a family fun water color activity and meet our November hallway artist Joseph Parish!

Register by November 8

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Nearly everyone — regardless of age, size, or physical ability — can succeed at archery. Join naturalist staff to learn the basics of this fun and challenging sport and get a chance at real target shooting.

Register by November 9

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Night Shift at Columbia Bottom
November 9 • Saturday 4:30 – 6 pm
(All ages)
Reservations begin October 19.
As the sun sinks into the western sky, the ‘night shift' creatures make their presence known.
Listen for nighttime sounds of migrating geese, howling coyotes, hooting owls and others as we walk silently through the dark, moonless night. Meet at lot ”K.”

Register by November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin October 31
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 November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin October 31
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 November 15

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) 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 15

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to hike 1.8 miles)
Hike the Trail Among the Trees with your canine best friend! This is a 1.8 mile guided hike. We ask that your dog companions be (typically) friendly with other dogs and vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the hike. This can be in the form of paper print out, email, Etc. Please be prepared and dressed for the weather. This trail is moderate in difficulty.

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