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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

The Predator Hunting and Trapping class will teach the skill to hunt and call in common predators and to set a trap line. Students will learn the seasons and regulations surrounding these skills as well as techniques used in the field to increase success. The appropriate gear, stand location, calls, and safety surrounding predator hunting will be covered. Several different styles of traps will be presented, and the use of the traps will be demonstrated to the class.

Register by January 19

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

(Adults)
Do you enjoy wildlife in your backyard, but struggle with some animals getting a little too close for comfort? Learn some tips and suggestions on how to avoid or stop nuisance wildlife from taking over your home, and about some of the common entry points that they use. This virtual program will also cover methods, materials, and gear used in home exclusion. Mount replicas will be on hand to show some of the different types of wildlife that most commonly cause issues.

Please check your junk/spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one by the morning of the program.

Register by January 17

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Bring out your inner artist and experience the joy of painting! Join us as we learn about our country's national symbol and its journey from endangered to successfully soaring the Missouri skies once again. You will not only get to learn about these majestic birds, but you will also get to learn how to paint them. Grab some Prussian blue and let's paint a picture on our “almighty easels”!

This is a virtual program. You can participate by purchasing an 11x17 canvas and some inexpensive brushes. We would like everyone to be as creative as their minds will allow them, so each person will need to purchase their own paint as well. We will be working with acrylic paint during the program, but choose whatever paint works best for your household. You will need colors for your background (blues, greens, yellows, and white are some suggested colors), your eagle (2 or 3 shades of brown, yellow, and white), and your tree (browns and/or black).

Emails will come from Nichole Wheaton or from our registration system and will read DoNotReply@S3Gov.com. If you do not receive emails after successfully registering for the program, please check your junk mail.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls (or breakfast of your choice in the comfort of your home) as we learn how to identify them. We will discuss common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin! We will finish up the presentation by discussing the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity to report the birds in your backyard.
**This is a beginner's guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, but everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a virtual event. You will get an invite to the Webex Event 24 hours prior to the event. It will come from DoNotReply_MOEvents@S3Gov.com.
Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the invite in your inbox.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)

Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 27

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 27

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 29

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

It’s the ultimate partnership between man and bird. The sport of falconry goes back thousands of years and you can learn about it at An Evening with Raptors virtual event. Join Powder Valley staff on Friday, January 29, beginning at 7 pm, as area falconers gather virtually to offer you the rare chance to observe and learn about these fascinating feathered hunters.
Listen as Master Falconer Meagan Duffee-Yates explains how to get started in this age-old sport.
Several area falconers will display their falconry tools, hoods, and other equipment, as well as live birds – the birds that they use in their sport. You will have the opportunity to ask the falconry team questions through the chat box.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 10 & up)
Owls are a symbols in many cultures, mostly based on their great adaptations. Learn, discover, and get crafty as we create a string art masterpiece inspired by these night ninjas. Bring your own hammer.

Meet the naturalist at the Stone Shelter Site. Program will be canceled in inclement weather.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis City mask mandates.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This class will cover the safety and action types of shotguns. It will cover the care and cleaning, ammunition types, and fit of shotguns. The proper way to shoot a shotgun will also be covered. Finally we will discuss how to properly store your firearm.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual 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 20, 2021. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and it is preferred they hunter education certified. Must be comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The clinic and hunt is for adults 16 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified and attend the clinic in order to participate in the hunt and also comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

February is a great time for bird watching, no matter your age or experience. Join us as we read Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat; a story about birds and how they live. We will also show you how to make an easy apple bird feeder that you can make at home. Not only do birds like these types of feeders, but we will make an apple human treat too! Enjoy your homemade treat while you watch the birds chow down on your home-made bird feeder.

***While this program is intended for ages 3 to 6, all are welcome to participate.***

You will receive an email from myself the evening prior to the program with the Webex link, and then again, the morning of the program. Instructions for both the bird feeders and the home-made treat will be sent to participants so you all could follow along or do at another time. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folders or contact me.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This is an online class will teach the basics of reloading ammunition for handgun. This class is designed to help anyone who has not reloaded before get started. We will cover safety, needed equipment, and the procedures to follow to reload your own handgun ammunition.

Register by February 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

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