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Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Age 12 and up)
Reservations begin February 1
Break out of your cabin fever! Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

The Amazing Monarch Journey Begins!
February 16 • Saturday • 10 a.m.-noon
(All ages)
Reservations begin January 15
Imagine a tiny dome-shaped egg as it morphs into an international traveler. How far might it go? Join us for information and tips to give milkweed, and other native plants, a positive start in your own yard.

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 18

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Did your child’s school miss out on a Maple Sugar school field trip? No problem. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn to boil it down into syrup.

Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. A portion 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 join Angie Jungbluth as she teaches participants techniques about nature journaling and watercolors. Participants will get their own nature journal to take with them.
"I began taking watercolor classes and workshops about 17 years ago. I am a Signature Member of the St. Louis Watercolor Society, and I have displayed and sold both originals and prints of my work at a variety of galleries and nature centers. Additionally, I enjoy teaching Nature Journaling classes. Through a variety of techniques that I teach, I help people explore the world around them with fresh eyes to capture their observations and experiences on paper. It is an amazing gift to pass on to others!"

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

If you were a seed you’d have a complicated job to do. 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 sprouting experiment to take home.

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.

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 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 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.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Art and science both depend on one thing, observation skills. In these monthly programs, we will observe and record with cameras the natural world from flora to fauna and the habitat that supports both. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to dslrs, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding the subject of the month while creating artistic photographs with our interpretation of the subject.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping. They solve common gardening problems and attract a variety of wildlife. Come and learn about what natives might work best in your gardens. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Art and science both depend on one thing, observation skills. In these monthly programs, we will observe and record with pencil, pen, or watercolor the natural world from flora to fauna and the habitat that supports both. Bring pencil and paper and we will discuss the habitat surrounding the subject of the month while creating art with our interpretation of the subject.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Late winter and early spring is a great time of the year to be out in the woods scouting for deer sign in preparation for the next deer hunting season. With no foliage on the trees and the ground usually wet, you can easily find deer sign such as tracks, deer droppings, rubs, bedding areas and even old scrapes. The sign you find this time of the year can reveal a lot about deer movement and habits that will give you a “head start” for the upcoming season in the fall. It’s also a great time of the year to find deer sheds (dropped antlers) and see the sign of other wildlife while you look for deer sign. This course is designed for the person with little experience and wants to get started hunting deer. This course isn’t just for the beginning deer hunter though, it can also be for other wildlife enthusiasts such as photographers, hikers or folks who just enjoy being in the outdoors.

The course will start in the classroom at 10:00am and we will learn about deer habits and what to look for while scouting. The next part of the course will be actually going out into the woods for about 1.5 to 2 hour hike looking for the deer sign you learned about in the classroom. The last hour or so will be returning to the classroom to share your discoveries with the rest of the class. Class will be canceled during extreme cold or rainy weather.

Date and Times: Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve; Freund Center (directions will be emailed to you)
Age of Participants: 6 years old and up (6 – 15 years need to have an adult guardian with them)
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather and bring good hiking boots, gloves, stocking cap, high energy snacks (granola bars, trail mix, nuts, raisins or other fruit) binoculars and something to take pictures with (smart phone or digital camera).

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

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.

Register by March 22

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 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.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The public is invited to hear Dr. David Ashley (Professor Emeritus of Biology, MWSU) give a presentation titled “Natural History of Missouri Prairie Orchids”. He will discuss the natural history and biology of two state-endangered prairie orchids based on more than 20 years of collaborative work among researchers from MWSU, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will also discuss population trends and seasonal phenology of the eastern and western white-fringed prairie orchids on the only Missouri prairies where they are still known to exist.

Register by April 6

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

What is your maximum effective range to harvest a turkey? What shot size should you be using for turkey hunting? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on shotgun patterning for turkey hunting. We will help you find the most effective choke/shot shell combination for your shotgun. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided however you are encouraged to bring your own shotgun, chokes, and ammunition. Ages 10 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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