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Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, December 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 December 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: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:00am

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 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Landscapes and Birds of Missouri, November hallway exhibit.

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.

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
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 TanglevineTrail.

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 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 celebrate Missouri’s deer with a wood painting and information about one of our largest herbivores. This class is for all experience levels. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, please no alcohol.

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 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 to be outside, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Keeping Track!
Nov 21 • Thursday • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 7 and Up)
What’s an excellent way to keep track of what you find? It’s simple. Keep track! We’ll show you how to look for, I.D. and make casts of animal footprints and sign.
Reservations begin November 7

Register by November 22

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Adventures of a Young Naturalist an autobiographical account of David Attenborough’s early years as one of the world's leading naturalists. He is well-known by everyone who enjoys wildlife programs on television and an avid conservationist.

Register by November 22

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin November 9
Making soap is fun and can be educational. Discover how early Missouri pioneers made soap using the ash from their fires and the fat from their butchered animals. Don’t worry if you are squeamish! We will use modern-day ingredients to make soap you can take home and use.

Please bring your own silicone molds for soap and a bite to eat for this program.

Register by November 22

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to hike 2 miles)
Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will talk about the habitat, food, habits and calls of wild turkeys. If we are really lucky we may even see or hear some wild turkeys. (Effort = Moderate 2.0 miles with two hills)

Register by November 22

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me Under the Canopy: In a Nutshell
Nov 26 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin October 26
Come see how acorns grow and how acorns are involved in life. 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. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by November 26

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Gear up for Thanksgiving as we learn about Missouri’s wild turkeys! We will venture outside to look for signs of turkeys and even create a craft to take home. Please come dressed for the weather.

Register by November 29

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Black Friday Walk Off the Turkey and Pie Stroll
Nov 23 • Friday • 4:00–5:30 p.m
(All ages)
Reservations begin November 1.
Get outdoors; walk off that turkey and pie, while you witness the sunset and watch the moon slowly settle to the horizon in the west. Meeting place TBD

Nov 23 • Friday • 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Register by November 29

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Animal Trapping Workshop
November 30 & December 1 • Saturday • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • And • Sunday • 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin November 16
This two-day clinic will consist of classroom and field exercises. Saturday will cover trap types, cable restraints, trap stakes, lure types of traps for particular animals, and setting up a trap line. Sunday, we will run the trap line, dispatch the animals, skin animals, flesh pelts and discuss where to sell your pelts. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by December 2

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

You harvested a deer, processed the meat and now it is time to cook. This program will show how to prepare and cook your venison for the table. There will also be a chance to learn and sample some of the recipes.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 6, 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 hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 16 & up)
Show off the beauty of fall using the method of leaf printing. Create greeting cards and an ornament for the holidays using leaves from Missouri’s Trees. We will also learn more about how trees work for you! Feel free to bring family photos to add to your cards.

Register by December 6

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Discover Nature Women: Breakfast with the Birds
Dec 10 • Tuesday • 9–10:30 a.m.
(Women,14 and up)
Reservations begin November 10
On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls as we identify them and watch their behavior from the comfort of the viewing windows. After that, weather permitting, there will be a short optional bird walk on Tanglevine Trail.

Register by December 11

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 & up) Winter is challenging for wildlife because of the weather and the lack of food.
We may see bluebirds, turkeys, deer and foxes – how are they surviving? We don’t see swallows, frogs, chipmunks and butterflies – what happened to them? Join us for discussion, activities, crafts and a winter walk (so please dress for the weather).

Register by December 12

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Who’s that hooting it up each December 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. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wildlife Tracking with Radio Telemetry
Dec 14 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
Reservations begin November 14
Have you ever wondered how we know where and how secretive animals (like snakes and bats) live and move? Come and join Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalists as well as Dr. Benjamin Jellen (snake biologist) as we uncover the secrets of animal migration through radio telemetry. After a brief indoor presentation, we will all go out and test our skills using receivers and Yagi antennas to find our hidden transmitters.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn how to identify trees without their leaves! We will look at bark and other features of trees in the winter that can help us identify them. The program will begin with a presentation of the most common trees and how to identify them in the winter. We will then go outside to test our identification skills on the trees in Rockwoods Reservation. Please be dressed for the weather.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

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 hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

On the first day of winter nature gave to me…a cardinal in an oak tree! Come and celebrate nature’s winter animals as we practice counting in our own “12 days of winter” song. We’ll also read a winter story and make a gift to give back to nature!

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 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-themed adventure with your little one. Join us for a special edition of knee-high naturalists where we create nature based gifts for the holiday season. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

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