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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: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Hallway Exhibit - Dave Carter
Dave Carter is an artist who enjoys producing traditional paintings of land and
seascapes, portraits, and wildlife of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting
to the spirit. He is also moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works
of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the
soul with something unexpected. He is part of several artist groups, including
the Vice-Chair Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and
the Greater St. Louis Art Association. He will also be featured as the Artist in
Residence at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia in August 2019.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, September 13, 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!

Register by July 18

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: East Central College

Do you know the difference between a red fox and a gray fox? How many different kinds of skunks live in Missouri? What’s the largest rodent in North America? These are just some of the things you will learn when you attend the “Missouri Mammals and More” program brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation and hosted by East Central College. See if you can identify the pelts of the 14 different species of furbearers that live in Missouri, plus a few other kinds of mammals that share the same habitat. Believe it or not, many of these animals communicate with various calls and vocalizations out in the wild. See if you can tell the difference between the sounds that mammals make verses the sounds some birds make. It’s not as easy as you might think! So come join us at East Central College this summer and enjoy this interactive program that is sure to peak your interest as we learn about Missouri mammals, and a few birds too.

East Central College is hosting this program and there is a $20 registration fee per person. Please call East Central College at 636/584-6529 to complete the registration process with them.

Note: There are no live mammals or birds at this program. The pelts of furbearers and other mammals are used for display and teaching aids.

Ages: 8 - 15 years old
This program is not recommended for people who are allergic to domestic animals

Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Beginning Archery
July 23 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Families, ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin July 9.
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting arrows with the compound bow. This program begins in the Education Center then moves to the static archery range. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up. Although all equipment will be provided, you may bring your own bow and arrows. An adult must accompany participants under 15. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by July 23

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Reservations begin July 1
Come learn about and interact with some of Missouri’s many legged arthropods! We will go into the stream to look for water arthropods and outside to look for terrestrial arthropods. We will also have some arthropod friends you can hold and look at up close. Please wear clothing that can get wet and is appropriate for some mild hiking.

Register by July 24

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Become a confident adventurer in nature! Spend a day exploring forest, fields, and streams. We’ll search for wildlife and the clues they leave behind, investigate the creek, and learn the art of archery.

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing the non-fiction book, Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. This is a charming account of the famous composer and his pet starling and how that starling affected his life and possibly his music. The book also includes the natural history of the species and an account of the author’s own starling.

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Trapping
July 27 • Saturday 12:00 • noon – 3p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin July 13.
This program will explain and demonstrate the basic equipment and techniques for trapping furbearing animals in Missouri. Program instruction will include different types of traps for specific animals, use of scents and lures, preparation and sale of furs, and discussion of the regulations pertaining to trapping. Class limit is 25. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by July 28

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program teaches the fundamentals of shotgun shooting including types, safety, fit, stance, and shooting techniques. We will start in the classroom then move to the field for some live-fire.

Register by July 29

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The meeting will be from 6 – 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to learn more about black bears in Missouri. The open house will include information on MDC black-bear research projects and management efforts, MDC’s black bear management plan, potential future hunting opportunities, and how to handle conflicts with nuisance bears. MDC staff will also be taking comments on these and other related topics regarding black bears in Missouri. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided.

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

August Hallway Exhibit
Approximately two dozen members of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP) will be showing their vision of summer during the month of August. MoNEP members are all ages and have different levels of experience. Meetings are held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun in three ways:
• Come to one of the monthly meetings
• Come to the Powder Valley Nature Photography Workshop (August 10th)
• Attend the multiday photography seminar, hosted by MoNep, featuring renowned nature photographer Jennifer king (September 14 and 15).
• Please visit www.monep.org for more information.

Register by July 31

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Needle Felting
August 1 • Thursday • 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up, ages 10–16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin July 1
Learn how to sculpt wool into beautiful works of art. In this beginner-friendly class, we will explore the art of needle felting and each participant will a create needle felted owl to take home. All supplies will be provided.

Register by July 31

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Explore the pond and prairie life at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. You will become a citizen scientist as we net for pond life, collect and identify insects and look for wildlife signs.

Register by August 1

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by August 4

Date: Monday, August 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Trap Modification Class
August 5 • Monday • 6-8p.m.
Reservations begin July 22
This is a 2-night class. We will discuss and modify a size 3 trap, weld a trap jaw lamination, night latch a trap dog, attach a new base plate with "D" ring, construct a new chain and shock spring and different types of staking options. We will also address other traps and types of modifications that can be completed on them. This class will be held in the shop, so dress appropriately. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

August 5 • Monday • 6-8p.m.
Reservations begin July 23
This is a 2-night class. We will discuss and modify a size 3 trap, weld a trap jaw lamination, night latch a trap dog, attach a new base plate with "D" ring, construct a new chain and shock spring and different types of staking options. We will also address other traps and types of modifications that can be completed on them. This class will be held in the shop, so dress appropriately. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin August 1
What kinds of neat things do you think live in a pond? During the second half of class, we will be going out to the Rockwoods woodland pond to see if we can catch some of the fantastic aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets, and other equipment will be provided.

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have experience with shotguns and want to learn the sport of trap shooting. The clinic will cover safety, appropriate guns, ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout, then head to the field to test your new skill.

Register by August 5

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

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun
Aug 6 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin July 23
In this introduction to shotguns, you will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection. Participants will have the opportunity to pattern a shotgun and break some clay targets. The shooting portion is not recommended for students weighing less than 90 lbs. Participants ages 11 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by August 6

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Do you want one more taste of summer camp before heading back to school? Join us for a “mini” camp experience where we will experience things like geocaching, fire starting, and maybe even see some slithery friends.

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