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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, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.

***We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304***

Register by September 16

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
September 17 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin September
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns 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. ) https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 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! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by September 19

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park

(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin September 6.
Missouri’s mammals come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Some are born with lots of hair, and some, not much at all. Join us for fun mammalian activities which illustrate what makes a mammal. Meet at Stone Shelter.

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) Explore the world of the wild with Emmy® Award winning singers and songwriters, WildHeart performing at Powder Valley! Come along on their musical journey discovering nature right here in Missouri. Move and groove to upbeat, conservation-friendly tunes that sing of wild animals, their characteristics and habitats! Kids and families will love to sing along on the journey discovering new moves and joining in on the adventure! It’s WildHeart…bringing the heart of the wild, to the heart of the child.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come and learn about the poisonous and venomous plant and animals found in the State of Missouri. We will discuss snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, hornets, scorpions, mushrooms, and everybody’s favorite, poison ivy. There will even be live examples of venomous animals found around in our state.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 20

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

What do I need to do if I want to hunt deer in Missouri? If I harvest a deer what do I do next? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on deer hunting. During this clinic we will cover the following topics: Biology of white-tail deer, what to do before the hunt, what to do during the hunt, and what to do after the hunt. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 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 in the water, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Reservations begin Sept 1

(All Ages)
Spend the morning discovering different kinds of trees! We will use different “clues” to figure which tree is which. Afterwards, we will make murals out of the clues we find.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Coyote America by Dan Flores. Despite the many ill-informed efforts to annihilate coyotes, they haven’t just survived, they’ve thrived. Found throughout the St. Louis region, and across the continent, these mammals have a fascinating natural and supernatural history.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 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 September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Kick off fall with a family fun filled morning discovering different ways to get outside! Enjoy activities like archery, basic camping skills, and constructing a craft to take home. Please bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen.

**Please also note that archery does require participants to be 9 years or older.**

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: LaBarque Creek Conservation Area

Discover the beauty of one of Missouri’s Natural Areas on a 3 mile hike through LaBarque Creek. We will hike from the area’s namesake creek to the highest point to see what this stunning area has to offer. This hike is rated as moderate to difficult due to elevation change.

***This program meets at LaBarque Creek Conservation Area***

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Harvesting from nature can be a delicious treat! Come explore the many benefits water provide for wildlife and people, such as endless opportunities for popular recreational activities. Continue, rekindle, or start a family tradition with hunting and fishing by being good stewards of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. See demonstrations, learn where to go, and taste samples from the field to the table. Copies of your favorite recipes will be available. Get your taste buds ready and come to Powder Valley for a culinary adventure you’ll never forget!

Register by September 29

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Field to Freezer
September 30 • Monday • 6 - 8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin September 16
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by September 29

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. You may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October Hallway Exhibit: Kyran Leeker
Kyran Leeker is a self-taught amateur naturalist who researches and photographs wildlife as a hobby. She has a particular passion for reptiles and amphibians but also studies and photographs birds, mammals, fish, insects, and arachnids. Over the course of four years, she has photographed approximately 1,000 species in Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, but she is currently engrossed in studying wildlife and strives to educate others on native biodiversity. Kyran hopes that visitors to the exhibit will be enticed by the photographs and gain an appreciation for the role that each species plays in our ecosystem.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This time is reserved for Fort Zumwalt East students only.

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