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Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 8:00 am - Friday, March 31, 2023 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Corvids: crows and ravens

are very intelligent and curious birds.

Encountered in many mythologies:

significant to shamans, they speak from the other world;

as tricksters, they carried light to the indigenous peoples;

often, they play a role in creation stories;

they guard souls on journeys to other worlds.

Their perspective of height

and the capacity of breadth

allow them to quickly message patterns of change.

As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed

to a curious mind, learning from nature

and the elements of water, earth, air, wind, and fire.

My work encompasses sculpture, paintings, and photography,

oftentimes using a combination of media:

beeswax, resin, and oil; stones an wood;

lead sheeting, wire, and precious metals; textiles;

collected papers, found objects, cast bronze and glass.

The historical reverence for the power

and sacredness of earth

spans our cultural memory.

We live in a chaotic world.

It is difficult to feel a part of the whole

with the loss of balance and control:

personally, politically, and spiritually.

When we become still and silent,

we may then listen

to the past, the present and the future.

Hopefully, we will continue to find ways

to understand and bond,

not only to our environment,

but most importantly,

to each other.

Catherine Eaton Skinner

2022

www.ceskinner.com
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: February 13 - March 21
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023 12:00 pm - Thursday, March 23, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This will not be a typical map and compass class.

Participants will gain skill in reading specialized maps and clue sheets to navigate through natural terrain to locate distinctive flags with the aid of a compass.

Orienteering is an international sport that can be both competitive and fun!

No prior experience is needed. All materials, tools, and guidance will be provided.

Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who will also be participating.

This program will take place completely outdoors, rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

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 15 - March 23
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 7:00 pm - Friday, March 24, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Let’s go for a night hike to look at the amphibious first signs of spring throughout August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area’s aquatic habitats. We’ll meet at the Classroom for a short amphibian ID presentation, then caravan to the Lake 33 wetlands as the sun goes down in search of reptiles and amphibians emerging from winter hibernation. Be prepared to get dirty as we explore the site’s pond and surrounding areas. Please dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight/headlamp.

Difficulty = Moderate: natural, gravel, and paved surface hiking at night. The number of amphibians expected to be seen will depend on the weather. Best results will be when temperatures stay above 50 degrees F at night. Because of this, there is a small possibility this program will be rescheduled to March 31st (same time) to take advantage of optimal temperatures.

Registration period: February 9 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: February 15 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you enjoy both nature and crocheting?! If so, join a naturalist at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center for a nature and crochet-filled morning. We will learn about Missouri’s sunflowers, and then we will crochet our very own sunflower coasters.

Please note that we will not be learning how to crochet during this program, so please make sure you are familiar with how to do the basic crochet stitches such as chain, slip stich, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.

All supplies will be provided including a 3.5 mm crochet hook. You can also bring your own crochet supplies if preferred.

Please register everyone who plans to participate.

Registration period: February 1 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 25, 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: 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 9 - March 26
Date: Monday, March 27, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of shotgun shooting. This class includes equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will begin in the classroom them move to the shotgun range. Shotguns and ammunition will be made available.
Registration period: February 9 - March 27
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 5:00 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
With turkey season right around the corner, patterning your shotgun is important. If you are interested in learning how to pattern your shotgun and want to know how to interpret the results? This is the class for you.
Registration period: March 16 - March 29
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, March 30, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and produce custom loads suited to your rifle/handgun for the particular target or game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Audubon Center at Riverlands
Travis will discuss the lake sturgeon spawning events at the Mel Price/Lock and Dam 26 and the recovery efforts across the state of Missouri, which have been ongoing since the 1980’s. Lake sturgeon are Missouri’s second largest fish weighing in at 250 pounds and the longest-lived animal in the state at 150 years.
Registration period: March 10 - March 31
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Get all wrapped up in this fun program at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center! We will learn hands-on how to tie several different camping knots and put our new skills to the test. From the clove hitch to the bowline, we'll practice some essential knots to know before you venture out to enjoy Missouri’s outdoors!
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.
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 1:00 pm - Wednesday, April 5, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join us this year for the inaugural Jay Henges 5-Stand League. This is a great way to prepare for hunting seasons, improve your sporting clays game, and enjoy a fun shooting experience. This will be a weekly league from April through September during the range business hours on Wednesday (1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Some details on the league include:

• League will run from April through September

• League will be shot on Wednesday (1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) each week.

• Shooters will participate as individuals in the league, not in a team format.

• Participants must purchase at least two rounds of 5-stand to be scored for the league.

• Participants can shoot their league rounds on either Wednesday or Thursday, but participants will only be scored on one of the two days each week.

• Instruction will be available for those shooters newer to sporting clays.

• No pre-registration is required. Participants will register at the 5-stand field on the day that they shoot.

• Trophies will be awarded at the end of the league in September, with other awards throughout the year as well.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, April 6, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join us this year for the inaugural Jay Henges 5-Stand League. This is a great way to prepare for hunting seasons, improve your sporting clays game, and enjoy a fun shooting experience. This will be a weekly league from April through September during the range business hours on Wednesday (1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Some details on the league include:

• League will run from April through September

• League will be shot on Wednesday (1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) each week.

• Shooters will participate as individuals in the league, not in a team format.

• Participants must purchase at least two rounds of 5-stand to be scored for the league.

• Participants can shoot their league rounds on either Wednesday or Thursday, but participants will only be scored on one of the two days each week.

• Instruction will be available for those shooters newer to sporting clays.

• No pre-registration is required. Participants will register at the 5-stand field on the day that they shoot.

• Trophies will be awarded at the end of the league in September, with other awards throughout the year as well.

Registration period: March 25 - April 7
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, April 8, 2023 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting the compound bow and arrow. This program begins in the Education Center then moves to the static archery range. This is a fun program for the entire family.

Registration period: February 15 - April 7
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Lake 33 Wetlands at August A Busch CA

Join us at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area for a fun-filled afternoon of amphibian activities! We will meet at the Lake 33 Wetlands area, where we’ll sign-in and separate into 3 large groups to move through 3 different activity stations in 30-minute rotations. During this program, participants will learn all about frogs and toads of Missouri, engage in fun froggy activities, and even take up a net to search for and ID frogs themselves! We will end the program with an optional Trash Bash at Lake 33 from 3:00pm to 3:30pm, to compete for an opportunity to bring home the 2023 Trash Trophy.

Please register each individual attending separately.
Registration period: March 10 - April 9
Date: Monday, April 10, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, April 10, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This virtual class will cover the ins and outs of keeping your fishing gear in tip top shape. The program will cover materials and demonstrate how to properly maintain your fishing rods and reels.
Registration period: March 10 - April 11
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 9:00 am - Tuesday, April 11, 2023 10:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a day all about turtles! Visit with our resident turtles to see how they carry their shells on their backs. Have you seen them out and about lately? We will learn what they eat and then go look for them in the forest.

From 10:00 - 10:25, we will have a special guest joining us from Kirkwood Public Library for storytime!

This class is designed for children ages 0-2. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: March 10 - April 11
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 9:30 am - Tuesday, April 11, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a day all about turtles! Visit with our resident turtles to see how they carry their shells on their backs. Have you seen them out and about lately? We will learn what they eat and then go look for them in the forest.

From 9:30 - 9:55, we will have a special guest joining us from Kirkwood Public Library for storytime!

This class is designed for children ages 3-5. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: March 11 - April 10
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 5:00 pm - Tuesday, April 11, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will introduce turkey hunting techniques and calling tips for beginners and how to get started hunting these elusive birds. We will cover habitat, safety, firearms, different calls, when to call, how often to call, and different types of equipment used to help you have a successful hunt.