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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 October 19

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are encouraged for the blood drive, starting Oct 1. For more information about the blood drive or to make a donation appointment, call (314) 301-1500. Become a super hero for your community by donating blood to a worthy cause.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

SPECIAL EVENT!

Ever wonder about the purpose of a mosquito or a spider? Discover a new outlook on the unexpected and unappreciated wildlife that helps make Missouri a great place. Come for a presentation on the owls of Missouri at 6 p.m. Experience “Charlotte’s Web of Life” through a character encounter presentation along one of our trails every fifteen minutes, starting at 7 p.m. Go batty exploring cave life, go wild exploring our nature center at night, and much more! Bring the family as you explore creatures that go bump in the night. Come dressed as your favorite animal!

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Adults – Age 16 and up
Reservations begin October 5
Join us for an 8.3-mile hike through the forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Missouri River overlooks offer panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors that you don’t want to miss!

Register by October 21

Date: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Pre K–2nd grade)
Students will look at mammal tracks,
pelts, and more! Then we’ll take a hike to
see where mammals live.

Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 4 to 8.

Register by October 22

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by October 24

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come see the topic we are exploring this month. 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. Siblings are welcome. Please dress for the weather.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Hunter’s Moon Owl Prowl
October 24 • Wednesday • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 1.
For centuries, owls have been surrounded by mystery and wonder. Feared by some and revered by others, people have passed down owl folklore for generations. Join us to learn about owls and the myths that surround them, then take a hike under the full hunter’s moon as we search for these feathered wonders. We’ll start at the visitor center, then return after the hike for some hot chocolate!

Register by October 26

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Hunters’ Moon Stroll at Columbia Bottom
Oct 26 • Friday • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
(All ages) Capture the last rays of the setting sun over the prairie from the cropland overlook. Listen and watch for migrating ducks as we take a leisurely stroll on a paved wooded path to watch the full Hunters’ moon rise over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Meet at lot “K” about 4 miles from the front entrance

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin October 5
Magical creatures are all around us, waiting for you to find them! Discover the fantastic beasts of Missouri with some help from storytellers on our fall hayride under a nearly full moon. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the nature center at 6:00, 6:15, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 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. All equipment will be provided.

Register by October 30

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
If you watch a spider, maybe it will spin a web and catch a fly, or maybe it will sit still on a flower to ambush a bee, or maybe it will sidle up close to a little bug and jump up to pounce on it, because there are all kinds of spiders, except vegetarians – they all have to catch their dinner one way or another. Join us to learn more about these spectacular eight-legged hunters, and please dress for the weather, because if possible, this program will include a spider hike.

Register by October 31

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 17.
Old school meets new school as
technology is the way of today. We will
introduce you to both a compass and
GPS. We’ll start by learning to navigate
using a map and compass. Students will
then set their own course for others to
follow. After taking a break for lunch
we will pursue Geocaching. Participants
should bring a sack lunch, water bottle,
and dress to be outdoors for the day.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday evening and then we will meet at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday morning for the field trip portion. Helmets and one headlamp will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light. Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

IMPORTANT: Do NOT meet at Rockwoods Reservation. You will meet at the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area parking lot. --
Discover the glades, woodlands and sandstone formations of one of Missouri’s most pristine natural areas. Be prepared for a 3-mile trek including creek crossings, elevation changes, and uneven terrain. -- Registration is required. --
For more information about LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/labarque-creek-ca.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:30pm to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

No trail to follow on this two to three mile, off trail hiking experience at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area! Day 1, Nov. 3rd: Learn to use a map and compass for navigation while in the classroom. Test new skills at finding fixed landmarks out in nature while off-trail. Day 2, Nov. 10: Return with your family to navigate the same course as Day 1… only this time… at night! Armed with flashlights, laser pointers, maps, compasses and each other for an unforgettable family outing. Effort = Easy to Moderate. Two to three miles over gentle hills. Briars and thick vegetation is present but can be avoided. Sturdy outdoor footwear and outdoor clothing to match outdoor conditions of the event. Flashlight required for 2nd day of this event. The above is the responsibility of the participant. Suggestions but not required: Water, snack, hiking stick, wool socks.

Register by November 5

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Does your little one have a favorite teddy bear that they snuggle up with at night? Join us as we learn the similarities and differences between their stuffed bears and the black bears that snuggle up in the woods of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
November 6, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and produce custom loads suited to your rifle/handgun for the particular target or game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided. (Registration Begins October 23)

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 25.
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. Dress for the weather.

Register by November 12

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

There will be a classroom and range session, please dress for the weather. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for outdoor activities. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring your own firearm and ammunition.

Register by November 9

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Missouri’s Fall Harvest
Nov 14 • Wednesday • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 14.
It’s the perfect time to enjoy nature’s fall bounty! Learn about Missouri’s game species, hunting seasons and autumn wild edibles. We’ll explore various recipes utilizing nature’s kitchen and, sample a dish featuring one of our game species and other ingredients plucked from the wild.

Register by November 9. Meet in the visitor center

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Bring your furry family members for a naturalist-led hike to discuss the best ways to enjoy and conserve nature with your pup! Trail Among the Trees is approximately a 1.5-mile, moderately-difficult hike on natural surfaces. All dogs must be leashed, please bring waste bags. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled.
*Please register each person attending. Once registered, please email Molly.Poe@mdc.mo.gov with total number of dogs.

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