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Registration period: February 13 - March 3
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Purple martins will be arriving back from South America any day. East of the Rocky Mountains they have become almost totally dependent on housing provided by humans. Come and learn how you can help conserve these beautiful swallows that are native to Missouri. We will discuss strategies for attracting purple martins and ensuring they return each year to your housing. The final part of the time will be spent outside observing and discussing the features found in the purple martin house near the Busch Visitor’s Center.

Participants will meet at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Center in Classroom 1.
Registration period: February 17 - March 3
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
With our partner, Tower Grove Park, we present an afternoon of nature and art! Tower Grove Park features many great natural inspirations for artists on all levels. Learn about nature in the park, then create a piece of inspiration to take home. Grab a friend or two, your older child/ren, or make it a date. No experience needed and we’ll provide all the materials necessary. This session will feature a bumblebee on a flower. Coffee and tea will be available. Please register each person.
Registration period: February 1 - March 3
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn more about invasive, non—native plants and animals through hands-on experiences? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss some of the common invasive species in Missouri, followed by work outside removing invasive plants from our trails.

Be sure to wear long pants, work/hiking boots, gloves, water, and bring insect repellent if needed, as we will be in the woods for a good portion of the program.

In the case of inclement weather, the date will be postponed.

**Please register each individual attending. If you have difficulty with registration, please call 314-301-1500.
Registration period: February 8 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 5:30 pm - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will cover what to do to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, including handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques. After the classroom portion we will head to the range to practice what was just taught. All firearms and ammunition will be provided. If you would like to bring your own handgun you may bring one handgun and you must provide your own ammunition. Please leave your ammunition in your vehicle until time to shoot. This program is for individuals age 16 and up.
Registration period: February 21 - March 6
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 6:00 pm - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Food Plots for Wildlife - Presented by The Team from Valley Park Elevator

They will discuss how to determine a site. What time of year to prep and when to seed based on verities.

They will explain the benefits of crop options, what types/varieties to choose based on you location, equipment accessibility, surrounding properties, diversity options and much more.

They will also talk about the Importance of soil sample results and equipment needed.

Lastly, they will be available to answer any question or strategies you may have pertaining to your hunting property.

Registration period: February 23 - March 8
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023 5:30 pm - Thursday, March 9, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This introduction course to shotguns will start in the Education Center where we will discuss safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how choose and shoot shotguns. Next, we will go to the range for live fire, including some clay target shooting. Not recommended for students under 90 lbs

Registration period: February 8 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, March 11, 2023 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is designed as a basic course to provide youths ages 9-15 an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. We will provide .22 caliber handguns and rifles and ammunition for them to shoot. There will be a short class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship. Due to time constraints we will not have any time to provide individuals an opportunity to shoot their own firearms.
Registration period: February 1 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 11, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join naturalists at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center as we explore winter wild edibles! This program will discuss the importance of the shagbark hickory in Missouri as well as how to make shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) bark syrup. In addition to shagbark hickory, we will also discuss various pine (or other evergreen) trees, including Missouri's only native pine tree species, and recipes using pine needles. The recipes we will be covering will be pine needle tea and pine needle shortbread cookies, using needles from non-native eastern white pine trees.

***Register each person individually. If you have difficulties with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Registration period: January 18 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 5:15 pm - Saturday, March 11, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike.

Please dress for the weather and bring a small flashlight and a lawn chair for the field viewing.

Meet at the August A. Busch Administration building classroom area.
Registration period: February 8 - March 14
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 5:30 pm - Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
If you interesting on learning to use a muzzleloader for hunting this is the class for you.
Registration period: February 2 - March 14
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, March 16, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station
Leaves of three...let it be?! Students will be led in a survival-skills based quest to overcome obstacles that stand in their way. Teams will work together to solve challenges that will lead them to surviving the wild. Please meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.
Registration period: February 7 - March 17
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, March 18, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Take a hike with us on Dresser Island on the Mississippi River. Dresser Island is a great place to discover eagles and hawks as well as pelicans, ducks, and other spring migrants. Whether you take the 6.5 miles hike around the southern tip of the island or take a shorter 3.5 mile walk we will also look for evidence of beavers, deer, and muskrats along the way. Dress for the weather and bring a walking stick if you have one. Bring binoculars, field guides, cameras, water bottle and snacks/lunch.

Meet in the parking lot for Dresser Island off Highway 94 about 5 miles west of West Alton in St. Charles County.
Registration period: January 15 - March 16
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Does your little explorer love to pick up every rock or leaf? Come and help them decorate a box to make their own collection of curiosities. In the classroom, explore bones, furs, leaves, and even a critter or two. Participants will learn what characteristics help us identify what we find.

Optional guided 1 mile hike on the Rock Quarry Small Loop. We will explore all the changes in the forest that come with spring and add our findings to our collections.

While all children are expected to be accompanied by a care giver, only the child needs to be registered.
Registration period: February 8 - March 17
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Nothing says “spring” like the call of an eastern bluebird through an open window on a warm day! Come to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to learn more about these beautiful state birds. A great way to attract bluebirds to your own property is to provide housing for them, so you will also have the opportunity to build a bluebird house to take home. One bird house per household please.
Registration period: January 18 - March 17
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023 6:15 pm - Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike. This program is for all ages.

Please dress for the weather and bring a small flashlight and a lawn chair for the field viewing.

Meet at the August A. Busch Administration building classroom area.
Registration period: January 31 - March 18
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023 1:00 pm - Sunday, March 19, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Let’s stop and smell the flowers together at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area, as we take our nature journals out for a Spring Stroll on the Fallen Oak trail, just in time for the Spring Equinox on the 20th. We will begin in the classroom to talk about phenology, or seasonal changes, and how we can document that using nature journaling to be more mindful of nature through seasons in Missouri. All materials will be provided. Look out for more Phenology Nature Journaling programs in the summer, fall, and winter of 2023.

This program is a part of our Women in the Woods series, focused on women coming together and learning and using outdoor skills. This is a judgement free program open to people of all experience levels, identities, and backgrounds.

Please register each person attending individually.
Registration period: February 3 - March 20
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 9:30 am - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

What can skulls tell us? Animal skulls hold many clues to an animal’s adaptations. Participants will use hands-on investigation to gather evidence about Missouri wildlife. Join us as we learn how to identify an animal’s diet and behavior by observing a variety of skull samples. This class is designed for ages 6 – 12, anyone 6 and up is welcome.

Please register each participant attending individually.

Meet in the classroom at the Education Center.
Registration period: February 7 - March 21
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 6:30 pm - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish. After a successful day afield, when it is time to clean fresh fish or game, a sharp knife is a vital tool. While it is not rocket science, there are a few tricks to putting a good edge on your favorite knife using a basic sharpening stone. We will provide the stones and you can bring along your favorite hunting or filleting knife (straight blade, non-serrated). Participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: January 19 - March 20
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 8:30 am - Friday, March 24, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This free landowner workshop will cover management techniques to help you achieve your land use objectives. Participants will choose from a variety of key forest, fish, and wildlife management topics which will be presented during concurrent sessions throughout the day. Available topics will include the following:

Pond Management - Forest Management - Small Game Habitat - Property Rights & Wildlife Code - Turkey Biology & Management - Native Forbs and Pollinator Habitat - Invasive Plant Control - Tree Insect and Disease - Creating and Maintaining Healthy Soil

The workshop is open to all Missouri landowners. Lunch and helpful literature will be provided free of charge.

Registration period: January 4 - March 20
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 9:00 am - Friday, March 24, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
YOU MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE MISSOURI APPROVED ONLINE BURN COURSE AND BRING CERTIFICATE TO FIELD DAY. Field day check-in will be from 8:30 - 9:00am. Workshop will begin at 9:00am and finish by 1:45pm. Lunch will be provided at no charge from noon to 1pm. Dress for the weather. Please note: We will NOT be conducting an actual burn. This will be a field day and MOCK BURN.
Registration period: February 7 - March 25
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023 1:00 pm - Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Fort Belle Fontaine County Park

Experience the natural wonders of Fort Belle Fontaine County Park while hiking through a variety of habitats while searching for early sights and sounds of spring. Walk the trail past the upland prairie leading down to views of the Missouri River and the historic Grand Staircase. Along the way we will look for ephemerals such as Dutchman’s breeches and Spring beauty as well as new growth and buds on native trees and bushes. Parts of the trail are steep and can be muddy.

Dress for the weather and wear shoes or boots that can get muddy. Bring a water bottle and bring a walking stick if you have one. Meet at the parking lot just past the entrance to Fort Belle Fontaine County Park.
Registration period: March 13 - March 26
Date: Monday, March 27, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. You will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. We will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: February 7 - March 31
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Fort Belle Fontaine County Park
Warm Spring days bring rapid changes to the landscape. Walk the trail past the upland prairie and head down to the Missouri River. Along the trail through the woods look for more ephemerals that have made their appearance since last week. We are not allowed to pick them, so bring your camera to get pictures to keep long after these beauties have bloomed. You may finish the hike by climbing up the historic grand staircase or continue the trail to the top. Parts of the trail are steep and can be muddy. Dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring a water bottle and walking stick if you have one. Meet at the parking lot just past the entrance to Fort Belle Fontaine County Park.
Registration period: April 10 - April 16
Date: Monday, April 17, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, April 17, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns 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.

Registration period: January 17 - April 16
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, April 20, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Adlyne Freund Center at Shaw Nature Reserve

Are you someone that has never shot a bow and arrow before and you’re not sure how to get started? Or maybe you did when you were young, but never pursued the activity any further. Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). This course is for those 11 years of age or older with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: All equipment will be provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Not recommended for adults with shoulder or back injuries.

* Classes will be CANCELLED if we encounter inclement weather — precipitation or heat (temps more than 90 degrees).