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Registration period: November 5 - December 7
Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 6:30 pm - Friday, December 9, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
It’s game night at Tower Grove! While the weather outside may be frightful, you can join us for an indoor, nature-themed board game night that should be delightful. If you have a nature themed game, feel free to bring it along! Games are for ages 8 and up. Please register all who are attending.
Registration period: October 13 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Don’t miss this fun beginner’s archery program at Jay Henges shooting range. Master the steps to success and practice your new skill on stationary targets. All equipment will be provided by MDC. Even if you’ve never picked up a bow, this program is for YOU!

*All archers participating must be registered individually.

*Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

*Meet at Jay Henges shooting range. Specific directions will be sent via email the week of the program.

Registration period: October 13 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 9:00 am - Sunday, December 11, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center
Come and learn beginner trapping, fur harvesting, and handling techniques from some of Missouri’s expert trappers and fur handlers. This two day class will cover hands on techniques used by fur harvesters and land managers to trap Missouri’s Furbearers. Hands on activities will include techniques used in foothold, body grip, cable restraint, and other types of traps, demonstrations on how to properly skin and care for harvested fur, as well as activities designed to learn furbearer identification and best management practices. Lunch will be provided both days and a significant portion of time will be spent outdoors. This event is for ages 6 and above. Any participate from the age of 6-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: November 14 - December 10
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022 1:00 pm - Sunday, December 11, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Are you looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a fun and festive DIY day? Join us at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area to get outside for a bit and then warm up in the classroom as we put together some scented wax fire starters that are cute enough to gift, using materials gathered from nature. We will begin with a short walk on the Pine Trail, weather permitting, to gather fallen needles and cones, and then carpool back to the classroom. We will have plenty of materials available in the classroom for anyone unable to gather from the trail for any reason.
Registration period: November 12 - December 12
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Please Join us for Firearms Basic Care and Cleaning program. One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your firearm. We will also demonstrate some of the basic procedures of firearm maintenance.
Registration period: November 7 - December 12
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 6:30 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Let's admire some of Missouri's stunning snakes! These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are incredibly beneficial to the environment and to us. Join us to untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

This program will be entirely indoors in the classroom at the main building.
Registration period: November 6 - December 14
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022 4:30 pm - Friday, December 16, 2022 6:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station
Who’s hooting? Take an evening stroll through sunset as we explore Tower Grove and its nocturnal wildlife. We’ll be searching primarily for owls but will also be on the lookout for a variety of other critters. Families, birders, and nature lovers alike are welcome. Dress for weather and bring a flashlight. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.
Registration period: November 8 - December 13
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, December 16, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
Need a last-minute gift from the heart with a natural touch? Bring the family out for some holiday fun. There will be nature inspired crafts for all ages to make and take home. Program will be indoors in the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.
Registration period: November 7 - December 15
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022 6:30 pm - Friday, December 16, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Who’s that hooting it up each December evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. We will then take a walk on the Short Loop of the Fallen Oak Trail and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us.

Dress appropriately in warm clothing (including gloves) since we will be outside part of the time. Please bring flashlights.

Participants will meet at the Busch Visitor Center in the classroom.
Registration period: August 26 - December 16
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 9:30 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls as we learn how to identify them. We will discuss common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin! We will finish up the presentation by discussing the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity to report the birds in your backyard.

**This is a beginner's guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, but everyone is welcome to attend.

***Register each person attending individually.

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Winter is coming but how do the animals survive the cold? Missouri is home to amazing wildlife who all have different adaptations to help them when the seasons change. We will discuss deer, bears and eagles just to name a few. You can even build a bird feeder to help wildlife at your home survive winter.

Drop by the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor and Education Center anytime during the 4-hour period. No reservations required.
Registration period: August 19 - December 16
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling, and also hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Please dress for the weather and bring a small flashlight.
Registration period: October 20 - December 20
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:30 pm - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join a naturalist as we discuss Missouri’s most endangered natural community- the prairie. With twelve different types of prairies in Missouri, some of the most imperiled plants and animals call these unique communities home. Voices of the prairie such as the eastern meadowlark, Bell’s vireo, and bobolink are declining at rapid rates. Charismatic megafauna such as elk and bison, which were once very common, are now a rare site at our Missouri prairies. We will discuss why prairies are important and what you can do to help these important natural communities in Missouri.

This is a virtual program; registrants will receive a Webex link with instructions no later than 5pm the day of the program. Please register each person participating.
Registration period: November 11 - December 17
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 21, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Happy Winter Scoliotic, the day with the shortest amount of sunlight. Using light from the sun we will create silhouetted images in beautiful shades of blue. Class participants will learn how to alter fabric, and clothing into unique prints using just the sun to develop the images. Participants will use found natural objects to make one-of-a-kind designs.

Please register all attending so an appropriate amount of supplies can be provided.
Registration period: November 23 - December 21
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, December 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Stop by the Busch Classrooms for a variety of nature-inspired crafts. Whether it's giving back to the wildlife with natural birdfeeders, or creating something for your home, there will be something to build and take for all ages! The classrooms will be open for art activities from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Sugar cookies to decorate and hot chocolate will also be provided!

**Please register all attending so an appropriate number of supplies can be provided.**
Registration period: November 8 - December 28
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022 4:30 pm - Saturday, December 31, 2022 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Watch the sunset over the fields and prairies at Columbia Bottom and end the year with a quiet stroll in the crisp, clean air along the wooded path to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We'll spend a few minutes at the confluence before heading back. Dress warmly for the weather with boots or shoes that can get muddy.

Meet at lot “L”, about 4 miles from the front entrance gate. Allow 15 minutes to drive from the front gate to lot “L”.

Sunset 4:49 pm
Registration period: December 1 - January 4
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, January 6, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective nighttime hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will take a short walk and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Dress appropriately since we will be outside part of the time. Bring flashlights and gloves.

Meet in the Rockwoods Education Center
Registration period: December 7 - January 6
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, January 7, 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: December 6 - January 10
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 9:00 am - Tuesday, January 10, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Where do the animals go in the winter? Dress for the weather to explore outside looking for the animal hiding places. How do those animals stay warm? Find out how fur and feathers help our outdoor friends. The class activities are structured for 0-2 year olds.
Registration period: December 6 - January 10
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Where do the animals go in the winter? Dress for the weather to explore outside looking for the animal hiding places. How do those animals stay warm? Find out how fur and feathers help our outdoor friends. The class activities are structured for 3-5 year olds.
Registration period: December 27 - January 9
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 6:00 pm - Tuesday, January 10, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss needed supplies and equipment and how to properly dismantle and maintain your firearms. We will also go over the various techniques needed to clean different types of firearms. After a discussion, we will have stations set up for some hands-on experience. We will clean pistols, shotguns and rifles.

Registration period: December 1 - January 12
Date: Friday, January 13, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, January 13, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. We will then take a walk on the Short Loop of the Fallen Oak Trail and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us.

Dress appropriately in warm clothing (including gloves) since we will be outside part of the time. Please bring flashlights.

Participants will meet in the classroom at the Busch Visitor Center.

**Please register all participants attending the program.**
Registration period: January 5 - January 18
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, January 19, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Here is your opportunity to learn the process of reloading shotgun shells using simple equipment. The technique is easy and may save you money over the cost of factory ammunition. We will produce quality shotshells with low-cost equipment. This program covers the needed equipment, materials, and techniques used to reload shot shell

Registration period: November 21 - January 21
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, January 21, 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 be hands-on learning how to tie several different camping knots and then put your new skills to the test. From the clove hitch to the bowline, there are some vital knots to know before you venture out to enjoy Missouri’s outdoors!
Registration period: January 19 - February 1
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 2, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Have you always wanted to get into the art of fly tying but do not know where to start? Join us for our 4-part fly tying series that will introduce you into the world of fly tying. You will learn about the basic tools, materials, and skills needed to get you rolling on tying your own flies. The materials used in this class will be provided however, if you would like to bring your own equipment, that is acceptable as well. Each class will build on the previous classes’ skills so attendance of all 4 classes is required. Each class will start at 6:00pm and will run for approximately 2 hours. The class will be held at the Education Center at the Jay Henges Shooting Range. February 2nd, 9th, 16h, 23rd.