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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.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and trap shooting orientation. Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. Shooters should be at least 90lbs.

Register by April 24

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

April 24, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
This introduction course to shotguns will start in the Education Center where we will discuss safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how choose and shoot shotguns. Next, we will go to the range for live fire, including some clay target shooting. Not recommended for students under 90 lbs. (Reservations begin April 10)

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 4-6) For this class, please only register children who will be participating in the program. - Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat. - Participants should be prepared to take a short walk on a paved trail.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 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.
Adults attending with youth do not need to register.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 4-6) Please only register children who will be participating in the program. - Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat. - Participants should be prepared to take a short walk on a paved trail.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

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. 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 April 26

Date: Saturday, April 28, 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. 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 April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Moonrise Sunset Walk
April 28 • Saturday • 6:15–8:15 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin April 12.
Immerse yourself in natural wonders at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers! This is your chance to catch views of the rising full Pink Moon, walk a paved woodland path, see a sunset over the prairie, and listen for gobbling turkeys! Meet at the Confluence Viewing Platform, about 4 3/4 miles from the front entrance.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Moonrise Sunset Walk
April 28 • Saturday • 6:15–8:15 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin April 12.
Immerse yourself in natural wonders at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers! This is your chance to catch views of the rising full Pink Moon, walk a paved woodland path, see a sunset over the prairie, and listen for gobbling turkeys! Meet at the Confluence Viewing Platform, about 4 3/4 miles from the front entrance.

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Calling citizen scientists of all ages!
For the first time, the St. Louis metropolitan region will participate in the City Nature Challenge, a citizen science competition among 65 cities worldwide to document as much local biodiversity as possible during the same four-day period. From wild plants, insects, birds, and mammals to fish, frogs, fungi, and other forms of life, nature in cities is everywhere. We’re excited to announce that Rockwoods Reservation is an official Host Site of the 2018 STL City Nature Challenge! Over the course of the four-day challenge (April 27-30), we encourage you to visit us on Sunday, the 29th of April for a special tabling event outside of Rockwoods Nature Center. Preparation for the event is super-easy:
1. Download iNaturalist for free, available for iPhone or Android. More info: www.iNaturalist.org
2. Join the 2018 St. Louis City Nature Challenge project: www.tinyurl.com/stlNatureChallenge18
3. Between April 27-30, visit us*, take photos of biodiversity, and upload them into the St. Louis City Nature Challenge project.
4. That’s it! Take a bow! Your data gives us all a better idea of the biodiversity living all around us.

* In addition to visiting us, you can also participate in your own backyard, local park, or at any outdoor location across the bi-state area, defined as: City of St. Louis plus 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois; MO - St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Warren, Washington, St. Francois; IL - Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Jersey, Calhoun, Clinton, Macoupin, Bond

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 1-2 • Tuesday-Wednesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up)
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate firearms 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 April 17)

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. This program is for participants 10 years old and up

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Age 16 and up)
Reservations begin April 20
Join us for a refreshing Spring hike through the forests of the Weldon Spring CA.
The hike is 8.3 miles in length and offers spectacular views of the Missouri River.
This hike is rated as strenuous due to elevation change and distance.
***********Program meets at Weldon Spring Conservation Area,Lewis and Clark Trail Head.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 5, 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. You will be notified of any cancellations at least an hour ahead of time, assuming you have provided both forms of contact information.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

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. 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 May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri Spring Wildflower Walk
May 5th• Saturday • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
(All Ages)
**Please register each person individually.
Reservations begin April 21.
Spring ephemerals consist of several species of wildflowers that only come up for a short period during the spring. Come join me on a hike on Hickory Ridge Trail as we enjoy a beautiful spring hike looking not only for these spring ephemerals but also birds and other wildlife. Hickory Ridge Trail is 1.2 miles in length and consists of steep hills. If there are mobility considerations, please let us know (shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov) so accommodations can be made.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Please only register the children that will be participating.

(Ages 4-6)

Let’s learn about what makes frogs and toads so unique! You’ll even have a chance to look at some live animals. We will also walk down to the creek to try to find some wild amphibians so please bring waterproof shoes and a change of clothes.

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

Register by May 10

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

*Please register each child

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin March 29.
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 May 10

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Have you wanted to explore Rockwoods Reservation’s trails but don’t know where to start? Join a naturalist for a free guided hike on Trail Among the Trees (1.5 miles) on May 11th, on the Turkey Ridge Trail (2 miles) on May 18th, and on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (3.2 miles) on May 25th. You can register for one, two, or all three hikes!
**Click on the blue "register" button for each hike if you would like to register for multiple hikes. On this page, the "register" button will register you for the Trail Among the Trees hike.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

**No Registration Required!**

Citizen science is a way for the public to assist in population and distribution monitoring for all species of plants and wildlife. Come join us as species experts from all over the state survey for the plant and wildlife species at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center.

Friday night activities include bat mist netting, spider sniffing surveys, moth surveys and more. Friday night is from 630pm to 11pm. Come and go as you please; but stop in at the registration table to sign up for your specific group.

Activities on Saturday include a live owl from World Bird Sanctuary, songbird mist netting and banding, hummingbird trapping and banding, small mammal trapping, camera traps and scent stations, tree identification walks, Missouri native plant surveys, insect surveys, pond study survey, reptile and amphibian surveys and MORE! Saturday will begin at 7am and conclude at 2pm. Contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ex 4222 for more information and be on the lookout for flyers with specific times for Saturday.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 12, 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. You will be notified of any cancellations at least an hour ahead of time, assuming you have provided both forms of contact information.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

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. You will be notified of any cancellations at least an hour ahead of time, assuming you have provided both forms of contact information.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Our discovery tables help Boy and Girl Scouts earn portions of their badges relating to nature and wildlife. This month, discover the wonders of Missouri birds and the location of their migratory flyways in a self-led program. Activities are designed for Cub Scout Tigers (Backyard Jungle), Wolves (Call of the Wild), Webelos (Into the Wild), and Boy Scouts (Fish and Wildlife Mgmt., Bird Study Badge). Activities for Girl Scouts are: Juniors (Animal Habitats & Camper Badge). Discovery tables are also open to the general public. No registration required.

Register by May 15

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) What kind of animal eats more insects than birds? What moves more dirt around than earthworms? What lives an even more structured social life than bees? Hint: it has 6 legs and lives underground. Yes! It’s the ant! Come enjoy interactive discussion, activities and crafts, while learning more about ants and their astonishing variety of life styles.

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