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Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Please welcome a nature photography display of award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong, Paothong's photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am

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 Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by January 28

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Firearms
January 29,Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 14
If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, this is an educational introduction to firearms. Join our staff as we look at various types of firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns. We will examine the various types of actions and provide a hands-on demonstration of their working mechanisms. The presentation will include basic safety, home security, and general maintenance. This is a classroom program and does not include live shooting. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up) Looking at a skeleton can give you a key to the animal’s life. Did it swim, fly, walk, or slither? Did it eat plants, meat, or both? “Key out” a mystery mammal skull in our special question-and-answer maze.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages)
Reservations are required and begin immediately.
This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Discover nature in winter! Just because the temperatures have dropped, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. MDC, along with many other local organizations, will partner at this event to provide examples of fun, cold-weather outdoor activities, such as maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, and geocaching. You’ll also learn how Missouri’s wild animals survive the season. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

All activities are free and no reservations are required.

*All parking, except handicapped parking, will be off-site at Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd) and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on site. Please dress for the weather.

Register by February 3

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Firearms Care & Cleaning
February 4 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 21
One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss needed supplies and equipment and how to properly dismantle and maintain your firearms. We will also go over the various techniques needed to clean different types of firearms. After a discussion, we will have stations set up for some hands-on experience. We will clean pistols, shotguns and rifles. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Feb 5 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin January 16
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.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Antler Scoring Open House
February 8 • Saturday • 9am – 12, noon
(All ages)
No reservations required
Now that your antlers have dried for the required 60 days, it is time to check the official score of that big rack. We will have official scorers on duty. You may also bring shed antlers to be scored. Antlers do not have to be from this past season, any previous rack can be scored. Bring your antlers to the Education Center and see what your antlers scores!

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Listening for Coyotes under the Full Snow Moon
February 8 • Saturday • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
(All ages)
Did you know that coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community? Why do they howl? We will learn some facts about these “little prairie wolves” and then take a short walk in the crisp, clear winter night to listen for their howling. We will return to the Visitor Center to warm up with hot beverages. Wear warm, layered clothing and sturdy shoes. Reservations begin January 18.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) In the forest, among the fish and the wildlife, who eats what? Further, how does the energy from sunshine end up in a bobcat? How does a tree help a rabbit breathe? Let’s investigate nature's complex web of food chains and energy flow. Join in a special yarn-toss web game. Play with lots of nature puppets, ranging from armadillo to woodchuck. And while we’re at it, since we love our forest, fish and wildlife, let’s make them a creative food-chain Valentine’s card!
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Bear Necessities
Tuesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations begin January 11
(Families) Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the state. Learn about their comeback and what MDC and other agencies are doing to learn about their life history and status in the state. Learn how to be “Bear Aware” while camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing to stay safe, and to keep bears wild. (Reservations begin January 11th).

Register by February 10

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Crafts are good for the soul; this craft will also be good for the heart. In this craft session, you can make a valentine for your loved one from natural material that can be given for Valentine's day!

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Break out of your cabin fever! Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

*******Participants meet at: Dresser Island Conservation Area
Parking lot off of Highway 94 near West Alton, MO******

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages
Registration begins 12/31/2019
Native bees are the unsung heroes that are critical to plant pollination, local wildlife, and our kitchens. Get up close and personal with some of Missouri's native bees through presentations with local experts. Participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the bees' contributions to our food, home, and St. Louis!

Presentation will start at 10am with activities to follow. Activities include but not limiting to, bee hotels, bee bath, and salsa making.

Register by February 13

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter? Join us as we explore what different animals do to survive the cold snowy days and finish up with a craft made by your own pintsized Picasso. We will be using acrylic paint so please come dressed in clothes that can be ruined.

Register by February 14

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Geocaching on Presidents’ Day
Feb 17 • Monday • 12-1:30 p.m.
(Ages 7-12)
How have our past presidents contributed to conservation efforts? Learn a bit of this as we scour the park in search of hidden geocaches using GPS units. We will learn how to use the GPS units, then search for clues about our leaders who helped shape conservation. Dress to be outdoors the entire program. Meet at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.

Register by February 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

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