Events

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Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Invasive species come into an area, grow vigorously in their new home, and crowd out many native species. How can they out-compete species that are already so well adapted to this environment? We’ll consider some general reasons and some detailed examples. We’ll also play some games, make a craft and (weather permitting) go outdoors and pull up invasive plants. Please dress for the weather and for going off the trail.

Register by April 29

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

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 26

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild Edibles:
Making Jellies with Spring Wildflowers
April 30 • Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 1
Learn to use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud, and dandelion to make wonderful jellies. Learn the processes and make your own jelly. We will have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with prepared jellies.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Island 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, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Carp 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, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bellefontaine Park - Fountain 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 May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to 5-Stand/Sporting Clays
May 7 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 23
This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. The program will start in the classroom where you will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. Afterwards, the program will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Vlasis 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 May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook; trail difficulty is moderate, proper shoes required, bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 14-15 • Tuesday-Wednesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
(Reservations begin April 30)
We will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Legends of Conservation presents:
The Art of Conservation, A Visit with Ding Darling
with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 5:30am to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:00am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

**No Registration Required!**

Citizen science is a way for the public to assist in population and distribution monitoring for all species of plants and wildlife. Come join us as species experts from all over the state survey for the plant and wildlife species at Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods Conservation Area. Surveys will include bird mist netting and banding, bat mist netting, moth surveys, spider surveys, plant surveys and more!

Contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ex 4222 for more information and be on the lookout for flyers with specific times and events on Saturday, May 18th!

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other sitting put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them.

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
May 21 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin May 7
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 May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges 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 Static Archery Range located at the Jay Henges 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.

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges 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 Static Archery Range located at the Jay Henges 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 May 27

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by May 31

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing THE COURIOUS NATURALIST. Award-winning author Sy Montgomery takes the reader on an exploratory adventure through the seasons, into the woods, along the seashore, over frozen lakes, and right outside the back door.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tilles Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by the MDC urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-615-8911.

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #1

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

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