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Register by December 11

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Does your little one have a favorite teddy bear they snuggle up with at night? Join us as we learn the similarities and differences between their stuffed bears and the black bears that snuggle up in the woods of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear.

Register by December 11

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

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Basics of the Modern Sporting Rifle
December 11, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
The Basics of the Modern Sporting Rifle (AR type) course is designed to provide beginners a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to modern sporting rifle shooting. Students will learn rules for safe gun handling at home, in the field and on the range; rifle actions, parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, cleaning the rifle, and continued opportunities for developing rifle skills. (Reservations begin November 27.)

Register by December 13

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Dec 1.
Who’s that hooting it up each December evening? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunter and why they hoot so much this time of year. Be prepared to spend some of the time outside.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Afterwards we will go over some post processing in the classroom.

Register by December 14

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

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 30
Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling, and also hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Register by December 17

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Cooking Wild for the Holidays
December 18th • Tuesday • 6:30pm to 8:00pm
(Ages 18 and Up)
Reservations begin December 4th.
Interested in adding some Missouri wild game and other Missouri wild edibles to your winter Holiday parties? Come and join us as we discuss various recipes you can use to add a taste of Missouri into your dinner parties. And as an extra treat, we will have various appetizers, main course meals, desserts and drinks to taste! Please register each individual separately.

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather. **Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Register by December 19

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Dec 1
Did you know that Missouri has 14 million acres of forest land containing thousands of trees? Learn more about trees and their uses not only to humans, but to animals as well. Discover one of those uses, first-hand, by completing a craft project to take home or give as a gift.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No Reservation Required
Need a last-minute gift from the heart with a natural touch? Bring the family out for some holiday fun. There will be nature inspired crafts for all ages to make and take home. Continue the holiday spirit through an outdoor holiday scavenger hunt. Program will be in the lobby and families can come anytime between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 8:00am

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 December 31

Date: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

New Year’s Eve Walk at the Confluence
December 31 • Monday • 4:30–6 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin December 1.
End this year and refresh for the new one on a quiet stroll at the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Lot “ L” about 4 miles from the front entrance.

Register by January 2

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Signs
Jan 3 • Thursday • 10 –11:30 a.m.
(Ages 5-7)
Reservations begin December 6.
Winter is a wonderful time to look for animal signs. If not in the snow, then in wet mud. Let’s take a short hike to look for tracks, scat and more. Dress warm to be outdoors and meet at the Hatchery in Forest Park.

Register by January 3

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin Dec 17
Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls, that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. A portion of the program will be outside so please come dressed for the weather.

Register by January 4

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 12 and up)
Reservations begin Dec 21
Break out of your cabin fever and discover a winter wildlife haven, Dresser Island! We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Candy is a fiber artist, quilter, author and teacher. She exhibits and sells fiber art and quilts, teaching quilting and fiber arts locally and regionally. She is also a Teacher Naturalist at Shaw Nature Reserve and often combines her love of fabric and nature. While teaching quilting for several years she has developed a passion for turning the traditional into something new and exciting. Her first book, Reimagined Dresden, will be published in 2019 by C & T Publishing.

Her fiber art is contemporary and often explores new techniques and presentations with themes of nature, maps and circles.
She makes her home in the woods in Franklin County as well as in the city of St. Louis, MO.

At Powder Valley I will do a hands-on demonstration using small bits and scraps of fabric to create a landscape/treescape. The project can be done at home with fabric, paper, stitch or glue and is fun for all ages.

Register by January 8

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Shotshell Reloading
January 8, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Here is your opportunity to learn the process of reloading shotgun shells using simple equipment. The technique is easy and may save you money over the cost of factory ammunition. We will produce quality shotshells with low-cost equipment. This program covers the needed equipment, materials, and techniques used to reload shot shell. (Reservations begin December 25)

Register by January 7

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Bring your newly purchased firearm to the range. Our staff will show you the proper way to use and take care of your firearm.
You must bring the owners manual with the firearm.
If you wish to shoot your firearm, you must bring your own ammunition.

Register by January 8

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin December 26.
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. 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. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by January 10

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin December 27.
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 January 10

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunter and why they hoot so much this time of year. Be prepared to spend some of the time outside.

Please bring warm clothing including gloves, and flashlights.
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Everyone that will be attending should register individually for this program.

Register by January 14

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Hibernation Sensation
Jan 16 • Wednesday • 10am to 1130am
(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin January 2nd.
Some animals migrate to warmer climates during the winter months, while others pack on extra fat to withstand winter’s harsh climates. However, some animals enter true hibernation to keep themselves safe from the winter environment. Come and learn what animals in Missouri are true hibernators and what the animals do to prepare for such a lengthy nap!

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

January 19 • Saturday • 6:30–7:45 a.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin Dec.26.
Before Saturday’s Eagle Days event at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, please join us at Columbia Bottom to take in the awesome spectacle of Sunrise over the Mississippi River. This is a great photo opportunity and we’ll be on the lookout for eagles over the water! Bring camera and/or binoculars. Meet at the Columbia Bottom entrance.

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