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Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Poisonous and Venomous Discovery Table
October 5 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(All ages)
Come and learn about the poisonous and venomous plants and animals found in the State of Missouri. We will discuss snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, hornets, scorpions, mushrooms, and everybody’s favorite, poison ivy. There will even be live examples of venomous animals found in the area. Drop by the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park, anytime, during the four-hour period. No reservations required.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 21
Listen to fantastic fish story, learn about Missouri’s fish, cast a line for magnetic fish, and sing a fish song.

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

As the weather cools critters of all sorts prepare for winter, including native bee species! Join Rockwoods naturalists to create 5-star winter accommodations for our important native pollinators species. **NOTICE**Please be advised that this class will include light use of power and hand tools. Bring your own hammer! If you are a family signing up for this event please only sign up one person in your party as seats are limited by build kits.

Register by October 6

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes the 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 will be provided.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
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.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
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.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(All Ages)
Ladies and gentlemen step right up and experience all the fun nature has to offer! Join us for a night full of nature inspired games and even take a ride around the area on one of our hayrides. Rides are first come first serve.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ever wonder who that bug is? Or what's the name of that plant? Learn how to use the free iNaturalist app and your smart phone to identify the plants, animals, and other species you discover. This festival-style event will include nature discovery stations, local honey tasting, crafts using nature's art supplies, guided hikes, and many more family-friendly activities. Local conservation partners will host information tables and fun activities for all ages. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 12

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This event is a chance for your little guppy (4-6) to come try out fishing at Lake # 15 which is one of our stocked education only lakes. This is a free event and all equipment/bait will be provided. Discover Nature Fishing volunteers will be present to assist and no experience is required. All participants must have a parent/guardian with them at all times. Adults are expected to help the little ones and should not fish on their own. If dangerous weather conditions are present or develop during the event it will be immediately canceled.

Register by October 11

Date: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Leaves are Falling
Oct 14 • Monday • 12:30 -2:30 p.m.
Let’s keep it elemenTREE and explore leaves, trees and seeds. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Meet at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.
(Ages 5-12)

Register by October 14

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is for youth that have not duck hunted before and want to learn how to. The clinic is mandatory and will focus on safety, duck habitat and migration, decoys, clothing, firearms etc. The hunt will be held on Sunday, October 27. Youth must be hunter education certified by the time of the hunt.

Register by October 14

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is for youth that have not duck hunted before and want to learn how to. The clinic is mandatory and will focus on safety, duck habitat and migration, decoys, clothing, firearms etc. The hunt will be on Saturday, October 26. Youth must be hunter education certified by the time of the hunt.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) If you walk outdoors near woods or trees, the mammals you are most likely to see are squirrels. In spite of the playfulness that makes them fun to watch, squirrels face the same challenges in their lives as any other kind of wildlife. Learn more about these lively little mammals as we celebrate their lives with activities and crafts. Please dress for the weather because if possible we will go outside to look for squirrels.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Terror at Tower Grove
October 18 • Friday • 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
(All ages)
MDC will be joining Terror at Tower Grove this year for their 4th annual spook-tacular event! The FREE, family-friendly festival is open to the public and features music, food trucks, candy, arts and crafts, games and a mystery movie. Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a ghostly good time!
For more info
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419909134850257/
or
https://www.towergrovepark.org/terror

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wolf Spiders are distinctive, diverse, and beneficial. Join David Bruns as he shares images, experiences, and insights about wolf spiders he has encountered, including how to recognize them, how and where they live, what makes them distinctive from other spiders, and why they should be appreciated. This program will be followed by an optional, guided, night-time foray to find and observe a variety of wolf spiders in the habitats of Powder Valley Nature Center. Participants in the nighttime foray should bring a headlamp and wear sensible shoes.

Register by October 18

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(NOTE: This program takes place at Forest 44 Conservation Area.) Have you ever seen a stream disappear? Join MDC naturalists to discover this and other wonders at Forest 44 Conservation Area in St. Louis County. As we hike the 2.5 mile Dogwood Ridge Trail, we will explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of the area. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Directions: Near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 141, take Meramec Station Road west 1 mile, then left on Hillsboro Road 1/2 mile to the area entrance. We will meet in the parking lot. Questions? Call Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. We will embrace fall with a canvas painting and information about the season. While paintings dry join us for a short hike. This class is for all experience levels. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, please no alcohol.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 1
Join us for some fall fun as we use inspiration from nature to create a Jack-O’-Lantern. Choose one of our carving stencils to add Missouri’s wildlife to your fall decor. For the little ones we have simple and unique no-carve pumpkin ideas, too!!

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 18 and up (Must be able to hike 14.3 miles)
Hike the entire Green Rock Trail through Rockwoods Reservation, Greensfelder County Park, and Rockwoods Range with Rockwoods Reservations Naturalists. We will hike the entire trail one way starting at Rockwoods Reservations and ending at Rockwoods Range. Fall color will be near peak brilliance all along the trail. Naturalist staff will pick up participants after finishing the trail and take them back to Rockwoods Reservation. Please come prepared to hike the entire day with backpacks, snacks, a light lunch, water, and other essentials. The Green Rock Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. Please wear appropriate clothing and gear for the weather and terrain.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Weldon Spring Conservation Area

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!

Dress for the weather. Bring water, lunch, binoculars for bird viewing, camera.

Program meets at Weldon Springs Conservation Area/ Lewis and Clark Trail head

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: East Central College

Many deer hunters go through extensive preparation getting ready for deer season. Preparation should include what to do with the deer after it’s harvested. How to get it from the “field to freezer” and then from the “freezer to fork”. This class at East Central College covers the second part of that process, the “freezer to fork” part.
If you’re looking for new ways to prepare your venison, well this workshop is for you. Join Chef Mike from East Central College as he demonstrates the basics of market butchery and preparing venison for the dinner table. We will use 100% of this deer to make tasty morsels with something everyone will enjoy; offering alternatives to brats or sausages. Registration for this class is required --- by telephone only. Call East Central College at 636-584-6529

If you’re interested in the “field to freezer” part, join the folks at Henges Shooting Range on September 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 16th) or at the August A. Busch Shooting Range on October 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 7th). Both of these classes require pre-registration on this same website.
Look for other related courses on the MDC website (pre-registration required):
Sausage and Burger Making October 1st 6:00pm Henges
Venison Cooking Class October 2nd 6:00pm Henges

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October 26 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
No Registration Required
Join us for a family-friendly art project that will bring fall color inside your home. This leaf-themed activity was designed with young children in mind but is available to anyone who likes to create.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

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