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Register by February 20

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 & up) Woodpeckers are wonderfully adapted to their way of life. If we had to pull out tasty bugs from inside the wood of tall trees, we might need ladders, safety harnesses, listening devices, hammers, chisels, drills and forceps or tweezers. All the woodpecker needs is the special adaptations of its head, beak, tongue and tail. Come learn about wonderful woodpeckers with an interactive presentation followed by hands-on activities and a craft.

Register by February 21

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Learn more about current tree health problems and emerging invasive tree pests that are likely to affect the trees you work with in Missouri in the coming years. Tree professionals working as arborists, foresters, nurserymen, landscapers, and public servants should attend this seminar.
Registration is required.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU will be available.

Register by February 22

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Winter Birds
February 22nd • Thursday • 10am to 11:30am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Register each child only
Reservations begin February 8th
What makes a bird a bird? Come and learn all about birds we see during the winter in Missouri! We will even create some binoculars and home-made bird feeders for you to take home! We will use pine cones, lard and bird seed for our home-made bird feeders.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

Please dress for the weather.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Did your child’s school miss out on a Maple Sugar school field trip? No problem. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. A portion of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Wildlife Love and Need Native Plants
February 24 • Saturday • 9:30 –11 a.m.
(10 and up)
Reservations begin Feb. 8.
Want to provide healthy food and homes for Monarch butterflies and other wonderful wildlife? We’ll show you how to prep native seeds for planting when the weather warms up!

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 10.
*Register each participant**

Stop by Powder Valley to become a great fur trapper! Capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn about the importance of fur trapping in Missouri. Learn why conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation for a new perspective of nature. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views into the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Please meet at the Lime Kiln Trailhead parking lot.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 12 and up)
Reservations begin Feb 17
Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Please only register the children that will be participating.

(Ages 4-6)

Where do animals live? Let’s learn about the different habitats that animals call home, and what animals need to live there. We will be walking part of Trail Among the Trees so please dress for the weather.

**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 4 to 6.

Register by March 5

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 8

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
*Please register each child.

Reservations begin Feb 22.
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.

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Explore ecosystems and food webs during this month's Scout Discovery Table. The Scout Discovery Table is a way to help Boy and Girl Scouts earn a portion of a badge relating to nature and wildlife. This month, scouts will discover how food webs relate to ecosystems, what an ecosystem is, and what types of ecosystems can be found in Missouri. They will also learn about ways that they can improve their local ecosystem. Scout Discovery Tables are open to scout groups and the general public.

Register by March 9

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

FOR AGES 10 AND UP. Archery is a fun and challenging sport! We will learn the basics of safe archery and participants will have an opportunity to shoot at targets. All equipment will be provided. Please meet at the pavilion next to the Education Center. REGISTER EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wildlife Signs and Tracking
March 10th• Saturday • 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 24th.
Many animals are often seldom seen, however, their signs are everywhere! Join us as we explore various animal sign identification techniques including scat identification, skull identification, and track identification (including making our own wildlife tracks). We will also take a hike to see if we can spot some evidence of wildlife ourselves.

Register each participant individually

Register by March 9

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Adults)
Reservations begin March 1
Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper.

Register by March 12

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is open house style program in which you can arrive at any time during the program. Upon arrival you will be given an introduction to the fundamentals of safely shooting a compound bow, followed by hands on practice. Although all equipment will be provided, you may bring your own. Ages 10 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class will meet at the archery range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. Online reservations required.

Register by March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(All ages)
Reservations begin Feb 27
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 March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction course to shotgun shooting. Class will start with classroom instruction where you will learn shotgun shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, and stance. Then we will go to the range for clay target shooting. Not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided however you may bring your own shotgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. Ages 10 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Online reservations required.

Register by March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 14

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin February 28.
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. Please dress for the weather.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Adults)
Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping. They solve common gardening problems and attract a variety of wildlife. Come and learn about what natives might work best in your gardens. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Adults)
Reservations begin March 3.
Gardens are blooming with fun that attracts visitors both big and small. Join us as we learn about native plants while adding style to your outdoor experience by creating artwork to be displayed in your landscape.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Adults)
Reservations begin March 1
Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping, solve common gardening problems, and attract a variety of wildlife. Come and learn about what natives might work best in your gardens. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(All Ages)
Reservations begin March 1
Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper.

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