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Register by April 12

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Let’s learn about what makes frogs and toads so unique! You’ll even have a chance to look at some live animals. Then we’ll go outside to find some wild amphibians so please bring waterproof shoes and a change of clothes. We will meet at the Columbia Bottom Visitor Center.

Register all children (between ages 3-6) that will be participating.

Siblings are welcome but please note that this program was designed for children ages 3-6.

Registration opens on Monday, April 1 and will close on Friday, April 12.

Register by April 7

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Turkey Calling for the Beginner:
Have you always wanted to learn how to call turkeys, but just didn’t have anyone to teach you how---or didn’t know where to begin? Well this may be just the program for you, designed for the
beginner with little to no turkey calling experience. Learn how to use a variety of turkey calls
including: box calls, push button calls, slate calls and even mouth calls. Learn the different sounds ‘
turkeys make during the breeding season and how to duplicate those sounds with your favorite calls.
This course will be some lecture and a lot of time trying different kinds of calls. Feel free to bring your own call, or try the ones we have.

NOTE: If students want to try a mouth call they need to bring their own call --- and those students 15 years of age or younger need to have parental attendance and supervision to use these calls.
This course is for beginning turkey callers ages 6 years old and up.

Age of Participants: 6 years old and up (6 – 15 years need to have a parent with them)
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather and bring your favorite turkey calls

Register by April 15

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 15

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Beginning Archery
April 16 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Families, ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin April 2
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This program begins in the Education Center then moves to the static archery range. This is a fun program for the entire family,

Register by April 15

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 2.
Water connects all living things. Investigate the water cycle, macroinvertebrates, and water in a forest through fun, engaging activities. Learn what you can do to help keep your watershed healthy!

Register by April 17

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 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.

Register by April 18

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Get creative with native plants in a more formal setting. Learn what native plants you can plant in your garden that rival the aesthetics of ornamental plants. Bring pictures of your garden, measurements of your plot, know your soil type and moisture level, and know how much sunlight the area receives and at what times of day.
Please bring pictures of your garden and measurements of your plot if you would like help planning your garden layout.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to DSLR’s, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding our subject all while capturing the beauty around us.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 81 years has transformed Rockwoods into a wonderful place.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Attend a “marsh concert” presented by the toads and frogs of Missouri! Join us as we learn how to identify each call from the levees at Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area.

****Participants meet at: Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area on Island Road****

Bring a small flashlight, water, snacks, and dress for the weather

Register by April 19

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Nature is waking up and the nighttime soundtrack often features the choruses of the frogs and toads of Missouri. Let’s decorate an abode for these vocal amphibians that you can place in your yard or garden for your own private concerts throughout the spring and summer. If times allows we will venture out on the area to find some of our jumping residents.

All ages are welcome!

Register by April 22

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

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
April 23 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 9
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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