Thursday, September 21, 2023 4:00 pm - Thursday, September 21, 2023 5:00 pm
Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station
Do your little ones enjoy being in nature? Appreciate the natural world through a story, songs, movement, and play as you sit under the canopy for a “nature” adventure. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Younger children and siblings are welcome. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. Please dress for the weather.
Thursday, September 21, 2023 5:00 pm - Thursday, September 21, 2023 7:00 pm
St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Does the sport of fly-fishing interest you but you just don’t know where to start? Join us at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, Lake 2 to learn the basics of fly fishing. In this class we will cover Fly fishing safety; rod selection; line, backer, leader, and tippet; basic knots; and the basics of fly casting. You will need a valid Missouri fishing permit for this class (participants 15 years of age or younger are exempt). To purchase permits, see, mdc.mo.gov/permits. You will also need to bring a hat and eye protection. If you have your own fly rod you are welcome to use it otherwise, we have rods for you to use. Ages 14 and up.
Friday, September 22, 2023 9:00 am - Friday, September 22, 2023 11:00 am
Want to know more about what you see and hear when you hike? Want to explore the Rock Quarry Trail with a group? Slow down and get more from your hikes than cardio exercise. Use easy free apps Seek and Merlin to help you to identify plants, insects, and birds when you hike.
Meet at the pavilion for an introduction.
Trail is 2 miles long, includes an elevation gain of 246 ft. In case of rain there may be a shallow stream water crossing.
Bring your phone with the apps already downloaded. For Merlin, download the bird pack for our area.
Dress for the weather and protection from poison ivy. Insect repellant is recommended. Bring water and a magnifying glass or binoculars if you have them.
Saturday, September 23, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, September 23, 2023 10:30 am
Forest 44 Conservation Area
Forest 44 Conservation Area is 998-acres of rugged forest land situated on the northeastern-most extension of the Ozark Uplift. Join MDC Naturalist Andy Klingensmith as we explore the sights and sounds of this unique conservation area. Here we’ll find plants and animals typical of Ozark ecology. Several springs feed Williams Creek, which flows along the eastern portion of the area. Flowering dogwood and redbud trees add to the area’s natural beauty, especially in the springtime.
We'll hike the Dogwood Ridge trail~ 2 miles
Trails are mostly compacted dirt and rock with some elevation change.
We'll meet in the parking lot.
Good gear to have: Sturdy trail shoes, layered clothing, water bottle, backpack, camera, notebook, hiking poles.