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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.

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 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.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather. This month we will be exploring the topic of Maple Sugaring

Register by February 22

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

St. Louis has many quality lake and pond fishing opportunities, but most St. Louis anglers don't know about them. Did you know that within a one-hour drive of the Arch, there are over 80 public lakes comprising over 1200 acres of water?

Come learn about these overlooked St. Louis fishin' holes on February 22, 2019 (7 to 8:30 pm) at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries management biologist Kevin Meneau, will present information on STL area fishing lakes including:
- locations, regulations
- what to fish for and some ways to catch them
- findings of Conservation Department fish surveys
- "Top Three" fishing picks
- special happenings for the 50th anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program during 2019.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Grab a donut and look for migrating waterfowl at this birding hotspot! Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please meet in front of the Visitor’s Center.

Please register by logging in or making an account for each person. Registration will close February 22.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join Angie Jungbluth, a Signature Member of the St. Louis Watercolor Society to learn some of her techniques on nature journaling, drawing, and painting. Participants will get hands-on training on proper nature journaling techniques.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 5:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Are you physically fit and looking for a more strenuous and challenging off-trail experience?
This opportunity of applying map interpretation to the land awaits you for a 4 to 6 mile off trail trek In Weldon Spring CA. You will work with our Naturalists to read landforms from a topo map, and find various landmarks, graveyards, and remnants of settlers’ homesteads in the rugged and steep woods of Weldon.

This naturalist lead program is designed for those who have a working knowledge of an orienteering compass and desire more experience at reading a map.

Program will meet at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation for a classroom portion. Participants will apply the classroom portion at Weldon Springs.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous / up and down the rolling hills of Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

Must bring lunch & water.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Bluebirds of Missouri
February 23 • Saturday • noon–2 p.m.
(Families- Ages 7 & up)
Reservations begin February 9.
Soon bluebirds will be looking for a place to build their nests. Learn their important role in our ecosystem. Partner with these beautiful creatures by building a bluebird house to take home. You will be helping yourselves as well, by inviting natural bug zappers into your yard. We will also take a hike to hopefully spot some of our springtime favorites. One house per family.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation for a new perspective of nature. We’ll hike the 3.2-mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views into the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 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.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 26

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) A seed has to protect the life inside, travel away from the parent plant, wait for just the right conditions, and then sprout – sending roots down and leaves up and not the other way around. How does a seed do all that? Join us as we explore these and other interesting questions about seeds and sprouts. You can even make a seedling experiment to take home.

Register by February 22

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Signs
Feb 26 • Tuesday • 10 –11:30 a.m.
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin January 25.
Winter is a wonderful time to look for animal signs. If not in the snow, then in wet mud. Let’s take a short hike to look for tracks, scat and more. Dress warm to be outdoors and meet at the Hatchery in Forest Park.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the basics of shotgun, handgun, and rifle shooting. We will start in the classroom for a safety orientation then head out to the range for some live fire.

Register by February 28

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
February 28 • Thursday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservation begin February 14
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.

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Bridlespur Hunt Farm

This workshop will involve a 3 hour classroom session in the morning, followed by a demonstration burn in the afternoon (conditions permitting). Lunch will be provided. Come prepared to participate on the burn. Attendees should bring field clothing (cotton or wool; no synthetics), leather boots and gloves, to wear for the demonstration burn. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins will be arriving back from South America any day. Come and learn how you can help conserve these beautiful swallows that are native to Missouri. We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard. You will also get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center.

Register by March 4

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 4

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Shooting Sports Sampler
March 5 • Tuesday • 6-8 pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 19
Are you interested in the shooting sports, but have no experience with guns or bows? Here is your opportunity! This program will offer you a chance to experience air rifles, shotguns and archery equipment. Find out what interests you most. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Register by March 6

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Shotgun Patterning
March 7 • Thursday • 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 21
What is your maximum effective range of your shotgun? What shot size should you be using? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on shotgun patterning. We will help you find the most effective choke/shotshell combination for your shotgun. Come discover the answers at this educational hands-on program!

Register by March 8

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

PLEASE NOTE: An ADVANCE REGISTRATION FEE for this program is required. Register at https://bit.ly/2X2CGVa

Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener will discuss how to nurture wildlife habitat and human gardening philosophies at 6:30 p.m. Meet the author for a book signing and visit with native plant professionals starting at 5 p.m.

For more information go to https://bit.ly/2GfPFNX

For questions, e-mail Mitch@stlouisaudubon.org or call 314-599-7390

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Artisan Series
Watercolor and Stitched Tree Art with Suzanne Galli Koenen
Mar 9 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
No Reservations Required
Come and watch as Suzanne works watercolors, fibers, and threads into art quilts. Visitors will have the chance to interact with Suzanne, as well as make their own fabric mosaic fiber coasters.

Register by March 8

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike.

This program will be offered for all ages on March 16, 2019

Register by March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 -16) Armadillos are mammals. Strange mammals! Our nine-banded armadillos have armor-plated bodies but can roll up nearly into a ball. When startled, they can jump 4 feet straight up in the air. They have exactly four identical babies at a time. In many ways they are very different from most other mammals. Come prepared to be amazed by armadillos!

Register by March 8

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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