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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.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
No reservations are required.
On June 27, 1938, Rockwoods Reservation and its 1,440 acres were purchased by the
Conservation Commission for $30/acre, making it the first purchased Conservation
Area for all citizens of Missouri to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the area, with a selfguided
scavenger hunt hike, displays about the plants and animals that inhabit the
area, and an “Ask the Forester” station.

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 6 and under)
Reservations begin June 11
Get ready to celebrate our nations birthday with the insects that light up the night every night. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take home one to help you celebrate all summer long.
************* Please only register children participating in the program **************************

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes basic crossbow operation and maintenance. We start in the classroom then move to the range for a shooting session. Equipment will be provided; however you may bring your own crossbow and bolts.

Register by June 26

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Wild Wednesdays/Fish
June 13 • Wednesdays • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
(Ages 8–12)
Reservations begin May 16.
Who says you can’t mix biology and art? Join us each Wednesday in June for an all-day adventure exploring the beauty in nature and creating artwork inspired by our area’s plant, insect, fish, and wildlife resources. Sign up for one or all dates in the series. Dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle and a sack lunch.

June 6-Plants
June 13-Insects
June 20-Wildlife
June 27-Fish

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Volunteer Open House at Columbia Bottom
June 28 -Thursday - 6-8 p.m.
Learn about opportunities to be outside and share your love of nature.as a volunteer. Have questions answered by Columbia Bottom volunteers, and find out how to become a volunteer. Afterwards, join volunteers at a Moonrise/Sunset Walk.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Moonrise/Sunset at Columbia Bottom
June 28 • Thursday • 8–9:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin June 11.
Watch the setting sun over the prairie, take a brisk walk on a wooded paved path to the Confluence viewing platform to watch the rising full moon over the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Meet at lot “L” about 41/2 miles from the entrance.

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Groups of ten or more please call (314) 301-1500 to reserve a place for your group.
Participants will visit the different stations at their own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities are available.
After a morning of fun, cool off from the summer heat while enjoying a nature film at 1pm.

Register by June 29

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

June 28 •Friday • 6:30-8:30 (Ages 18 and up) Enjoy an evening outside with your significant other, best friend, or family member. Warmer weather and longer days make for great hikes, join a Naturalist for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (Moderate difficulty, 3.2 miles). Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 30, 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.

Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Groups of ten or more please call (314) 301-1500 to reserve a place for your group.
Participants will visit the different stations at their own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities are available.
After a morning of fun, cool off from the summer heat while enjoying a nature film at 1pm.

Register by July 5

Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Sunflower Fields Photo-op
July 6 • Friday • 7:00 to 9:00 PM
(All ages)
Reservations begin June 18.
Bring your camera or cellphone to capture the sun as it sets over fields of bright yellow sunflowers and prairies in lush shades of green. Your photos may be show-cased in a Visitor Center display later this month.
Meet at lot “K” about 3 1/2 miles from the front entrance.

Register by July 5

Date: Saturday, July 7, 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 5

Date: Saturday, July 7, 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Artisan Series at Powder Valley
Woodcarving and crafting with Matt Faupel
July 7 • Saturday • 1–4 p.m.
(All Ages)
No registration required.
Come and enjoy a demonstration of beautiful artwork and even take home your own nature art.
“I give new life to driftwood and otherwise unwanted woods by handcrafting these unique pieces into functional and nature inspired works of art, using a variety of hand tools and modern equipment. I emphasize in my designs, the wild, natural shapes, character and colors that nature provides.” – Matt Faupel

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Did you know Missouri is home to 17 turtle species? Let's meet some live turtles and talk about what makes them unique. You'll also have a chance to make your very own turtle craft to take home.

Siblings welcome. Please register all children ages 3-6.

Register by July 6

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, followed by hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the archery range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. Ages 9 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.
*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by July 6

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, followed by hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the archery range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. Ages 9 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 10

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Fishing 101
July 11 - Wednesday - 10-noon(
(Ages 11-16)
Reservations begin June 12.
Learn the ins and outs of fishing. all fishing gear will be supplied for you to cast, catch and remove fish. This program meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Register by July 6

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(8 and up)
Reservations begin June 5
You have heard of bird baths, but have you ever heard of a bee bath? Learn about bees, why they are important, and what you can do to help them out. Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them. We will be working with acrylic paint so please bring a smock or clothes that can be ruined.

Register by July 6

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: East Central College

Be sure to call East Central College at 636-584-6529 to confirm registration and to pay required fee to cover ECC administrative costs.

A lifetime sport is any recreational activity that can be practiced throughout a person’s life. One of the best lifetime sports for anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical stature, is archery. Learning to shoot a bow and arrow properly is important for success and can be accomplished by anyone. The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is providing the training and everything needed for the course. Participants must be 9-15 years of age. Proof of age is required.

*Classes will be CANCELLED if we encounter inclement weather — rain or heat (temps more than 90 degrees)*

Register at least one week prior to the start of class to avoid class cancellations
• Thursday, July 12, 2018
• 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• Room ECTC Conference Room B
• COST: $10 each to cover administrative costs

Register by July 10

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing lesson will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 2 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .

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