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Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Terror at Tower Grove
October 18 • Friday • 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
(All ages)
MDC will be joining Terror at Tower Grove this year for their 4th annual spook-tacular event! The FREE, family-friendly festival is open to the public and features music, food trucks, candy, arts and crafts, games and a mystery movie. Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a ghostly good time!
For more info
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419909134850257/
or
https://www.towergrovepark.org/terror

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wolf Spiders are distinctive, diverse, and beneficial. Join David Bruns as he shares images, experiences, and insights about wolf spiders he has encountered, including how to recognize them, how and where they live, what makes them distinctive from other spiders, and why they should be appreciated. This program will be followed by an optional, guided, night-time foray to find and observe a variety of wolf spiders in the habitats of Powder Valley Nature Center. Participants in the nighttime foray should bring a headlamp and wear sensible shoes.

Register by October 17

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This class is for Women ONLY!

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Circle S Feed Company

Lunch provided. Weather permitting, a demo burn will be conducted in the afternoon so dress appropriately (leather boots and gloves) as participation is highly encouraged. 660-885-6981 for information.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This workshop will cover types and uses of traps, regulations and ethics, trap preparation and demonstrations of water and dry land sets. Participants under 16 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult that is also registered for the workshop.

Register by October 18

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(NOTE: This program takes place at Forest 44 Conservation Area.) Have you ever seen a stream disappear? Join MDC naturalists to discover this and other wonders at Forest 44 Conservation Area in St. Louis County. As we hike the 2.5 mile Dogwood Ridge Trail, we will explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of the area. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Directions: Near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 141, take Meramec Station Road west 1 mile, then left on Hillsboro Road 1/2 mile to the area entrance. We will meet in the parking lot. Questions? Call Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever wondered, why opossums hang around dumpsters, know when trash day is and do they really hang upside down with their naked tails? Discover the answers to those questions and more interesting facts about Missouri’s only marsupial.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngsters to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Fish or Treat - Halloween Fishing for Families - wear your Halloween costume and spend a little family time fishing this Halloween season. Fishing, games and prizes for biggest fish of the day and scariest costume.

Rods, tackle, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

No fishing permit required to fish during this event.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate the cool fall air at the Nature Center! Warm cider, S’mores, fall games and activities are just the beginning. Come dressed in your costume and walk our Trek N’ Treat Trail to meet some of our night time creature characters. They may seem spooky at first, but once you get to know these animals you’ll see they are just misunderstood and love to give out treats! This event is perfect for all ages.

Register by October 15

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and National Park Service (NPS) present “Gigs and Ghosts” Oct. 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Round Springs lower landing.
Gigging season on Ozark streams and rivers runs from Sept. 15 through Jan. 31. Gigging consists of spearing fish rather than catching them with a hook and line. It is primarily a nighttime activity and is most effective in shallow, clear water.
MDC will instruct youths, ages 8 to 15, on fish identification and gigging techniques and regulations. NPS will host a storytelling session around a campfire on the gravel bar.
Participants should note this is program is not at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center but is at Round Springs lower landing.
Limit 20. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information call (573)325-1381. Information about gigging can be found at www.mdc.mo.gov/fishgigging.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by October 23

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. We will embrace fall with a canvas painting and information about the season. While paintings dry join us for a short hike. This class is for all experience levels. You may bring your own snacks and beverages, please no alcohol.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by October 23

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience as we sample and savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, share warm and wild native teas and listen to stories (weather permitting) around the campfire.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Some of your favorite super heroes make a surprise visit to the nature center and come to the rescue in this action-packed Halloween-style hike. Expect a few surprises, learn a conservation fact or two, and laugh out loud as these unlikely characters save the day. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9 pm. Other activities will take place in the building. It’s sure to be insightful, not frightful. All ages. No registration required.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 1
Join us for some fall fun as we use inspiration from nature to create a Jack-O’-Lantern. Choose one of our carving stencils to add Missouri’s wildlife to your fall decor. For the little ones we have simple and unique no-carve pumpkin ideas, too!!

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

October 25 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
October 26 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
You must attend both days.
Registration begins October 1 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

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