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Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

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, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. 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: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No Registration Required! All Ages Welcome!

Love Hummingbirds? Come join Lanny Chambers, a local hummingbird expert and bander! Come see how these birds are trapped and banded before they make their long journey south for the winter. Bands are a way for scientists to track migration and population status.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Saturday, August 18th
1pm to 4pm
All Ages Welcome!
No Registration Required!
Sherie Tevebaugh is a Missouri Wildlife
feather painter. Formerly a muralist,
this mother of four decided to change
to a smaller pallet. “Missouri’s wildlife is
so amazing! I love striving to paint and
portray each animal as realistically as
I possibly can. I like to try to get every
feather or individual hair on each bird
or animal to make them appear as real
as possible. I want to instill a love for
our wildlife in the hearts of everyone
who sees my paintings” she says. Why
feathers? “Feather painting is unusual to
say the least and I love the challenge of
painting, blending, and portraying our
Missouri wildlife, but on such a difficult
medium and with a tiny paintbrush and
tiny dabs of paint. “

Register by August 17

Date: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with the Quality Deer Management Association and the Missouri Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for a CWD Symposium. Experts will be doing presentations about the effects of this deadly disease on the deer populations across the state of Missouri and beyond, including history, implications, citizen assistance programs, and agency response for management of this disease. The speakers, Jason Sumners, MDC resource science division chief, and Kip Adams, QDMA director of conservation, will be on hand for a post Q&A period following the program. For more information call 314-301-1500.

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Jay Henges Shooting Range will be hosting an open-house event for 5-stand and trap shooting on August 21st from 5:00-7:00 P.M. This event is free and open to the public and you may show up any time during that time frame, no sign-up is required. Firearms and ammunition will be provided by MDC, however, if you’d like to bring your own, you may. This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to get into shotgun sports or game bird hunting and we encourage you to come out and learn the fundamentals. Henges staff will be on site to teach and assist as needed. Again, you do not need to sign up to attend this program. The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live. If you’d like to watch the live video, search Missouri Dept. of Conservation on Facebook and click the “Videos” tab on August 21st between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M. If you have any questions or would like more information about Jay Henges Range, feel free to call the range office at (636)-938-9548 or visit our website at http://mdc.mo.gov/hengesrange.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction course to duck hunting and how to have a successful hunt. Class will cover habitat, migration patterns, hunting opportunities, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, waterfowl identification, basic calling, and more. This program will take place at the August A. Busch CA classrooms. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 21

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
August 21, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18. (Reservations begin August 7.)

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Ages 3 to 6
930am to 11am
**Register each child and adult separately**

Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We'll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt!

Register by August 24

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park to learn all about bats. We will attempt at catching bats in a mist net, check for general health and identification tags before releasing them again. Bring a camp chair and flashlight or headlamp. Please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather (50% chance or greater for rain) or flooding, this program will NOT be rescheduled at this time.

* please register each individual separately for this program**

Register by August 23

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This class is for children ages 12+ years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be limited to 10 participants.

Are you looking for a new type of fishing to try out? Have you used a baitcasting reel before but have never been taught to use it properly? Come check out our Baitcasting for Beginners class!

This program will help participants understand the mechanical functions of a baitcaster reel, how to spool line on the reel properly, how to adjust the centrifugal and magnetic brakes on the reel to match bait and line weight, casting mechanics, retrieval techniques, hand coordination, and how to prevent/clear the dreaded baitcaster “bird nest”. The instructional portion will last about an hour, followed by hands-on fishing to practice the techniques you’ve learned! The program will be conducted at Lake #15 at August Busch Conservation Area.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances. You will be notified of any cancellations at least an hour ahead of time, assuming you have provided both forms of contact information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. All equipment will be provided.

Register by August 23

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Native Plants, Natural & Practical!
August 25 • Saturday • 9 a.m.-noon
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservations begin August 1.
Did you know that much of our modern medicine finds its origin in plants? Many of our native plants are useful not just to wildlife, but to humans as well! Join us to learn about some edible and/or medicinal plants, sample wild edibles, and make a natural skincare product featuring Missouri’s native plants.
Meet at the visitor center.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Reservations begin August 11.
Ready, Aim, Fire! Learn the basics of archery and atlatl. Practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather and bring your own chair.

Register by August 24

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Moonrise/Sunset at Columbia Bottom

August 26 • Sunday • 6:30 to 8:30 PM
(All ages)
Reservations begin Aug 6.
Watch the rising full Sturgeon Moon cast its reflection on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The last rays of the setting sun illuminate the prairies and fields.
Meet at the confluence viewing platform, about 4 3/4 miles from the front entrance.

Register by August 27

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Open toed shoes are not reccomended for shooting programs. Please dress for the weather. All equipment will be provided.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Waterway Exploration
September 5 • Wednesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 9-13)
Reservations begin August 6.
Join us to explore the seven pools mini waterfalls. Participants should dress to get very wet, wearing water shoes and sunscreen. This program meets at Bowl Lake, just south of Jefferson Lake in Forest Park. Parking on Clayton road within the Park.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Register by September 11

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Taylor Lockwood comes to Powder Valley Nature Center tour with an interesting show covering highlights of his 34- year mushroom adventure career with wonderful photos and animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms.
He is the author of two books, Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi and Chasing the Rain and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs, The Mushroom Identification Trilogy, and The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly.

He has been published by: The US Postal Service, New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation Magazine, Scholastic, Scientific American, and many more. For more information go to http://www.taylorlockwood.com/aa_tl_pages/about.php

Register by September 12

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Participants should bring their hunting shotgun and choke tubes if applicable and eye/ear protection.

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature
outdoors. Join us to explore mud, sand,
and water as we discover nature appeals
to our senses no matter what our age..

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery and Crossbow
September 15, Saturday • 8-9:30 a.am.
(Families, ages 9 and up)
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting arrows with the compound bow. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up. All of the equipment will be provided. An adult must accompany participants under 15. (Reservations begin September 1.)

Register by September 13

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

No reservations needed
Come and learn about the poisonous and venomous plant and animals found in the State of Missouri. We will discuss snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, hornets, scorpions, mushrooms, and everybody’s favorite, poison ivy. There will even be live examples of venomous animals found around here. Drop by any time during the scheduled time.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Insect Dig and Hike
Sept 15 • Saturday • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
(Ages 6 and up)
Reservations begin September 1.
Come see what insects live under the dirt. We will take a hike afterwards. Please dress in clothes that can get dirty and for the weather.

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
********* We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 ******

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