Events

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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: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Broken Ridge Trail (to the right)!

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

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 Rock Quarry Trail- Long Loop(Moderate difficulty, 2.2 miles).

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC's own Noppadol Paothong.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jefferson Lake - Forest Park

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Carondelet Park - Boathouse Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Earth Day in Forest Park
Apr 27 & Apr 28 • Saturday & Sunday • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(All Ages)
No reservations necessary.
It’s the 30th anniversary for the St. Louis Earth Day Festival! St. Louis Earth Day, now earthday 365, fosters stewardship and sustainability by connecting over 60,000 like-minded environmental souls. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation booth to help make a difference. A native tree seedling is offered to Earth Day attendees. Meet at Pagoda Circle in Forest Park. Log on to https://earthday-365.org/festival/ for more information.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Animal Hide Tanning
April 27 • Saturday • 12-3 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin April 13
In this course you will learn how to flesh, board and tan your hide, as well as go over different forms of tanning. Most of this class will be outside so dress for the weather.

Register by April 26

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for some fun as we teach you to make beautiful, artistic and colorful handmade paper using recycled paper and plants. Each family will need to bring a cookie sheet, cookie cutter, and small bath towel.

Register by April 29

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild Edibles:
Making Jellies with Spring Wildflowers
April 30 • Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 1
Learn to use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud, and dandelion to make wonderful jellies. Learn the processes and make your own jelly. We will have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with prepared jellies.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Join us for a refreshing Spring hike through the forests of the Weldon Spring CA.
The hike is 8.3 miles in length and offers spectacular views of the Missouri River.
This hike is rated as strenuous due to elevation change and distance.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Carp Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bellefontaine Park - Fountain Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Island Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by May 2

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Age Policy:

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 20
Gardens are blooming with beauty that attracts visitors both big and small. Learn about native plants while adding style to your own outdoor experience when you create a stepping stone to be displayed in your landscape.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
May 4 • Saturday • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 8 and up, ages 8–15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 4
Calling all croakers! Join us as we explore our region’s common frogs and toads, their calls, and what they can tell us about the health of our environment. Afterward, enjoy an evening stroll to our pond to listen for and identify frogs and toads by their calls.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. See what makes Columbia Bottom an important stopover for many migratory birds, and discover ways you can help bird conservation. Visit our activity stations to learn about migratory birds and earn an exclusive International Migratory Bird Day prize. We will even have a live bird from Treehouse Wildlife Center!

Special guests include: Treehouse Wildlife Center, St. Louis Zoo, Webster Groves Nature Study Society, and the St. Louis Department of Public Heath.

No registration is required.

The event and all activities are free!

All ages are encouraged to attend - there will be activities and information tables for children and adults.

No food or drinks will be available for purchase. Water fountains are available at the Visitor's Center. You are welcome to bring food and drinks but please remember to dispose of trash properly.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 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 however you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session

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