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Register by December 20

Date: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Did you know Missouri has bears? Join us as we discover what these large omnivores are all about and finish up with a small painting. We will be using acrylic paint so please come dressed in clothes that can be ruined.

Register by January 2

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by January 5

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you recently received a new firearm and want to learn more about how it functions, this
program will help you learn the basics. You may bring your firearm and owners- manual. Please, no ammunition.

Register by January 6

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Register by January 12

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, and want to learn more, this is class covers various firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage.

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your firearms. After a discussion, you will have the opportunity to dismantle and clean pistols, rifles and shotguns. You may bring your own firearm, absolutely no ammunition.

Register by January 20

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and tailor the loads to your rifle and 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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Just because the temperatures drop, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! There are many fun activities to do during winter, like maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, outdoor photography, and fishing to name a few. MDC and local partnering organizations will help uncover the many different outdoor activities you can do in winter, along with information about how animals weather the season as well. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy! All activities are free and no reservations are required. Handicapped parking only will be available on-site. All other parking will be off-site at the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr.) and Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on-site. This is a rain or shine event, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This 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 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 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.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 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.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 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. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views of 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 10

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 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.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 24

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 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.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

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