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Registration period: August 20 - September 18
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Tune in to meet some of the nature center snakes, learn to identify common snakes, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. We’ll also talk about the ecological benefits of having snakes around.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
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Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, September 20, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This online virtual program will cover what to do to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, including handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage. Please make sure to check your emails spam or junk inbox. Sometimes the email with the class link is sent to those folders.
Registration period: August 13 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to many beautiful plants which can provide fall color. Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some easy to grow native plants that can add some spice to your yard! Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. This program will not be recorded.
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Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

Don't want to spend a lot of money but want to show off your deer harvest for years to come? Learn how to European mount your deer head. We will be covering how to make it shine as well as other tips, tricks, and techniques.

Registration period: August 17 - September 21
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Fall may be starting, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops when summer ends! Join us for this virtual program where we will discuss the different activities that come alive as the days cool down.
Registration period: August 22 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Learn about the ins-and-outs of fishing for largemouth bass in Missouri, geared towards the intermediate angler. We will discuss where bass are found in their given waterbody throughout the year, their diet and habits, and what tactics to use to be successful in different scenarios.
Registration period: August 28 - September 22
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual tour through Peck Ranch, which was the site for the reintroduction of elk back into Missouri. We will discuss what to expect on your own visit to the ranch and what to look for (clues) while you're there.
Registration period: September 8 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Online only

Catfishing can be a fun and relaxing activity year round, and who doesn’t like to eat catfish? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn about the mighty-sized fish in the Mighty Mississippi, as well as how and where to find them, different methods to try, gear that you may need, and different baits for different circumstances. This program will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up, but anyone is welcome to join in!

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: August 20 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

The “Mighty Mississippi” is a focal point for our state, but where are the best places in Southeast Missouri to enjoy the river views? Join us as we take a virtual look at three great options: Tower Rock Conservation Area, Trail of Tears State Park (managed by DNR), and the Cape River Walk (managed by City of Cape). We’ll also discuss a few of the plants and animals you may see while visiting these areas. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 8 - September 24
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, September 24, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Mysterious creatures inhabit the murky waters of the Mississippi River, from eels that lay up to 4 million eggs to turtles that weigh over 200 pounds! Discover these fascinating animals and more as we investigate the unique lives of river creatures.
Registration period: August 19 - September 24
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, September 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
As cooler weather makes the great outdoors more enjoyable, you may find yourself looking into exploring a new trail or conservation area. Before you go, join us to learn tips and tricks about the hiking basics that will make your next nature walk or hiking trip a success. Please register with a valid email to receive a link to join the program. All ages, best for 5 and above.
Registration period: September 1
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple river stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.
Registration period: August 20 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Cassie Holcomb, owner of Cassie Bock Landscaping and Flower Garden LLC, will give us a tour of this special native plant pocket garden in Jackson. She will share the history of the garden and let us look at the huge variety of native plants. She will also tell us the benefits of using native plants in the garden for both humans and wildlife. This tour is geared toward adults but children over 12 years old may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 15 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Squirrel hunting is a great way to enjoy time in the woods in fall. You don’t need a lot of equipment to hunt squirrels, they are almost everywhere, and they are delicious! Join us in a discussion about hunting safety, regulations, guns, strategies, and recipes. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before and the the day of the program. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: September 16 - September 29
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

400 Missouri residents were drawn to participate in this year's inaugural black bear hunt which opens on October 18th. Those hunters were invited to attend special educational programs to learn about black bear hunting in Missouri. Now, we’re opening that educational opportunity to the public! This program covers a variety of topics on how to prepare for black bear hunting in Missouri.

A link to the virtual event will be emailed on the date of the event to everyone who registers.

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Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Registration period: September 10 - October 5
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Just when we think the garden is done blooming, BAM! Those beautiful asters start to bloom. Adding color to the autumn landscape is not their only purpose, they provide late nectar and pollen for insects. We are going to dig deep into information about native asters and how to include them in your healthy habitat. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 2 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few drives that could have wonderful fall foliage. We will discuss where they are located, the length of the drive, and other information about the area.
Registration period: August 13 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
White-tailed deer are one of the most challenging game animals to pursue. Pursuing them on public lands is exponentially more challenging. Attend this virtual program for some tips on how to locate and pattern public land deer to make your hunting efforts more enjoyable.
Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual presentation to the Introduction to Traditional Bow-Making where we discuss the history of bow-making, historical significance, and the types of wood used in creating long bows.
Registration period: September 15 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Do you like hazelnut lattes, or Nutella? Did you know that we have native, wild hazelnuts growing in Missouri? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss where to find, how to grow, and recipes on how to fix these wonderful fall wild edibles. We will end with making hazelnut flour and hazelnut butter. Recipes will be sent to all virtual participants. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: September 17 - October 14
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 27 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn what causes leaves to change color in the fall and discover the best time and place to see autumn colors followed by a live Q&A session with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages.
Registration period: September 17 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.