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Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
We invite you to bring all your conservation questions to Powder Valley. One of our highly trained naturalists will be ready to answer any question. See you soon!
Registration period: February 13 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Follow a seldom-used trail through the woods and look for long-buried forgotten treasures and new treasures under the fallen leaves.

Peek beneath the leaves to see green shoots of new plants pushing upward as they lift the fallen leaves. Look for early leaf buds on the trees.

Listen for the sweet spring songs of the birds, the gobbling of turkeys, the trills of spring peepers, and calls of chorus frogs.

Warm up with hot chocolate at the end of the hike.

Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle, camera, and a walking stick if you have one.

Meet the naturalist guides at lot "H," a 20-minute drive from the Columbia Bottom front gate.
Registration period: February 1 - March 2
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC volunteer Pickett Lema for a hands-on lesson in watercolor. In this program you will learn the best ways to include wildlife in your paintings. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a Missouri landscape.

All materials will be provided.
Registration period: January 15 - March 2
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024 12:00 pm - Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

The Busy Beaver’s Trading Post is open for business! Climb inside MDC’s own Beaver Lodge to learn all about beavers and earn your very own Junior Trappers Permit. Then, put your beaver knowledge to the test to follow clues in search of beaver pelts to barter and trade for goodies at the Trading Post.

Meet in the classroom in the main building at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area. This program will be indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

This program is targeted at children ages 5-10, but all are welcome to attend.

Please register each child attending individually. Adults attending with children need not register themselves.
Registration period: February 4 - March 3
Date: Monday, March 4, 2024 5:00 pm - Monday, March 4, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Are you interested in learning to care and maintain your current cast iron cookware? Do you have older pieces you wish to restore to be able to enjoy and use? Please join us as we will go over how to maintain and ways to restore your cast iron.
Registration period: February 23 - March 5
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 9:30 am - Tuesday, March 5, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us this month for two stories! We will be reading “Maple” and “Where the River Ends.”

Registration for this event is required.
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 5, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Get an up-close look at the fascinating feeding habits of Missouri venomous snakes! Join Powder Valley naturalists for the feeding of our captive snakes while learning more about the interesting lives of both copperheads and timber rattlesnakes. Open to all ages. No registration required.
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 11:00 am - Tuesday, March 5, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Come meet one of the ambassador snakes who calls Powder Valley home. Learn all about that species and hear about its journey of coming to live at the Nature Center. After the snake encounter, spend time enjoying the rest of the exhibits! An MDC naturalist and ambassador snake will be located inside the Nature Center lobby.
Registration period: December 28 - February 29
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024 1:00 pm - Thursday, March 7, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Have you ever wanted to learn how to scout for deer sign, but just not sure how to get started? Or how do you know where’s the best place to put your deer stand or hunting blind when deer season arrives? This program is designed for the person with little experience and wants to learn how to scout for deer sign, it’s not just for the beginning deer hunter though. This program can also be for other wildlife enthusiasts such as photographers, hikers or folks who just enjoy being in the outdoors and like looking for clues of what wildlife might be living in the area.

Late winter and early spring are great times of the year to be out in the woods scouting for deer sign in preparation for next deer season. With no foliage on the trees and the ground usually wet, you can easily find deer sign such as tracks, deer droppings, rubs, bedding areas and even old scrapes. The sign you find this time of the year can reveal a lot about deer movement and habits that will give you a “head start” for the upcoming season in the fall. It’s also a great time of the year to find deer sheds (dropped antlers) and see the sign of other wildlife while you look for deer sign.

This is an in-person program and pre-registration is required. Please provide a good email address and cell phone number. All participants will be emailed prior to the day of the program with a list of items they should bring. Participants 12 to 15 years of age must have an adult guardian attend the program with them.

Date and Times: March 7, 2023 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve – Freund Center

Age: 12 and older

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024 3:00 pm - Thursday, March 7, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
"Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is a natural oasis nestled within 112 acres of oak hickory forest near urban St. Louis. Join MDC Naturalist, Andy Klingensmith, for a guided hike as we explore and discover the natural wonders found throughout this unique conservation area. This program will touch on a range of ecology topics to deepen our appreciation of Missouri’s natural resources. Topics include plant and animal ID, natural history, ecological management, and conservation philosophy. Whether you’re a regular to Powder Valley, or someone looking for new hiking trails, join us as we discover the sights and sounds of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center."