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Register by October 31

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 17.
Old school meets new school as
technology is the way of today. We will
introduce you to both a compass and
GPS. We’ll start by learning to navigate
using a map and compass. Students will
then set their own course for others to
follow. After taking a break for lunch
we will pursue Geocaching. Participants
should bring a sack lunch, water bottle,
and dress to be outdoors for the day.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday evening and then we will meet at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday morning for the field trip portion. Helmets and one headlamp will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light. Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

IMPORTANT: Do NOT meet at Rockwoods Reservation. You will meet at the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area parking lot. --
Discover the glades, woodlands and sandstone formations of one of Missouri’s most pristine natural areas. Be prepared for a 3-mile trek including creek crossings, elevation changes, and uneven terrain. -- Registration is required. --
For more information about LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/labarque-creek-ca.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:30pm to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

No trail to follow on this two to three mile, off trail hiking experience at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area! Day 1, Nov. 3rd: Learn to use a map and compass for navigation while in the classroom. Test new skills at finding fixed landmarks out in nature while off-trail. Day 2, Nov. 10: Return with your family to navigate the same course as Day 1… only this time… at night! Armed with flashlights, laser pointers, maps, compasses and each other for an unforgettable family outing. Effort = Easy to Moderate. Two to three miles over gentle hills. Briars and thick vegetation is present but can be avoided. Sturdy outdoor footwear and outdoor clothing to match outdoor conditions of the event. Flashlight required for 2nd day of this event. The above is the responsibility of the participant. Suggestions but not required: Water, snack, hiking stick, wool socks.

Register by November 5

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Does your little one have a favorite teddy bear that they snuggle up with at night? Join us as we learn the similarities and differences between their stuffed bears and the black bears that snuggle up in the woods of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear.

Register by November 12

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

There will be a classroom and range session, please dress for the weather. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for outdoor activities. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring your own firearm and ammunition.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for an invigorating mid- November hike of the Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will talk about the habitat, food, habits,
and calls of wild turkeys. If we are really lucky we may even see or hear some wild turkeys. (Effort = Moderate 2.0 miles with hills) -- Registration is required.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Listen for the howls of coyotes or the calls of a few owls during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length.

Register by November 19

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and a trap shooting orientation. This program is for more experienced shooters that have at least a basic understanding of shotguns. Participants must be at least 90 lbs.

Register by November 20

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Are you ready to take your geocaching knowledge a step further? Come learn more about geocaching and try to find more difficult caches. Come dressed for the weather. *****Please only register 1 person per family******

Register by November 23

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities.

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Badgers digging in the prairies, otters playing in the rivers, minks hunting in the lowlands –what do they have in common with each other? Learn how these interesting predators in the weasel family have different adaptations that help them live in such different parts of the habitat.

Register by November 27

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Become an expert animal detective and use clues to identify animals that live around Rockwoods Reservation. You might not see animals, but they often leave behind evidence, such as empty nests, tracks, and scat! --
Registration is required for the children who will be participating. --
Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 6-12.

Register by December 3

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

There will be a classroom and range session, please dress for the weather. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for outdoor activities. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring your own firearm and ammunition.

Register by December 11

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
In winter we see changes to the kinds of birds around us, the kinds of food they eat, their behavior, and sometimes even their coloring. Learn how we can enjoy winter birds and help them survive - join us for learning, activities, and simple birdfeeder crafts to take home.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. All equipment will be provided.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

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