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Registration period: September 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lessons 1&2

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following current masking and distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Class at Lake 15
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, September 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on September 20th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on September 28th.
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Meet the most iconic of American conservationists from the last two centuries in this self-guided exhibit featuring life-size cutouts of conservation-minded pioneers such as Rachel Carson and John Muir. This exhibit is provided by the not-for-profit organization, "Legends of Conservation". All ages are welcome; no registration required.
Registration period: September 10 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:15 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Take a leisurely stroll to the Confluence in the morning twilight. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a doughnut as we watch the sun rise over the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Don’t forget your camera for this Golden Hour.

Bring sunglasses, insect repellant, a water bottle, and a walking stick if you have one, Dress for the weather, including boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy.

Meet at the Columbia Bottom front entrance.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: September 14 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 3&4

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following local mask and social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Directions to the Hatchery: Use the Forest Park entrance at West Pine Parkway off Kingshighway Blvd, and turn left on Grand Drive.

Registration period: September 9 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
This program is for ages 6 and up.This cane pole fishing lesson will include all of the basics including proper fish handling. Participants must be free from symptoms of illness, must not have had contact with any person who has symptoms of illness within two weeks, and are strongly encouraged to wear a covering over mouth and nose. This program meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .
Registration period: September 9 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
This program is for ages 6 and up.This cane pole fishing lesson will include all of the basics including proper fish handling. Participants must be free from symptoms of illness, must not have had contact with any person who has symptoms of illness within two weeks, and are strongly encouraged to wear a covering over mouth and nose. This program meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .
Registration period: June 18 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 3:30 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Over 100 species of fish call the Mississippi River home, including the blue catfish, which can grow up to 150 pounds. Come join Powder Valley Naturalists as we fish the mighty Mississippi at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. While catfish are our target, fish such as bluegill, freshwater drum, and shovelnose sturgeon may be caught. Limit to 20 people. We have 12 large catfish poles, one per family, or you may bring your own gear. A valid Missouri Fishing License is required for participants 16 and older. If legal sized fish are caught, we will also do a filleting demo and you can take your fish fillets home. We must be out of the area before sunset when the front gate locks.

Meet at parking lot O (also known as the canoe launch).

Register each participant individually.

Specific directions and information will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
Registration period: September 15 - October 1
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the Mississippi River, looking for some of the water birds native to the region. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, October 4, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
field trip
Registration period: September 20 - October 3
Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Field to Freezer

October 4, Monday, 6 - 8 p.m.

(Ages 11 and up)

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Registration period: September 14 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3&4

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following local mask and social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered

Class at Lake 15
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.
Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, October 8, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Come join us for a Naturalist led Auto-Tour of some of the different habitats that are found at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. You will follow the Naturalist in your personal vehicle to multiple habitats within the conservation area. While at each habitat we will record i-Naturalist observations on our smart phones of flora and fauna observed (please download the

i-Naturalist app and create your free account beforehand). Please dress for the weather and for walking on uneven surfaces. Roads are gravel-based and can be dusty and have potholes/dips, so please be sure your vehicle is suitable. (Reservations begin September 15th)

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 4:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Women’s Managed Deer Hunt, Shaw Nature Reserve

Hunting Date October 9

Hunt # 97

Apply for the hunt, July 1 – 31

Go to mdc.mo.gov/managed hunt to apply

Email Kurt Otterstein at kurt.otterstein@mdc.mo.gov if you have any questions.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Forest Park Visitor Center

(All ages)

Come and learn about the poisonous and venomous plants and animals found in the state of Missouri. We will discuss snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, hornets, scorpions, mushrooms, and everybody’s favorite, poison ivy. There will even be live examples of venomous animals found in the area. Drop by the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park anytime, during the four-hour period. No reservations required.

Registration period: September 10 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to learn all about owls and what makes these elusive birds of prey unique! Each participant will be able to make a fun owl paint pour craft to take home. We will be using acrylic paint, which does not come out of fabric, so wear clothes that can be ruined. Weather permitting, we will be outside, so please dress accordingly. Masks will be strongly encouraged when social distancing is not possible, and current COVID-19 guidance will be followed.

Everyone present must register.
Registration period: August 20 - October 6
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021 9:30 am - Sunday, October 10, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

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.

Coronavirus safety protocols will be used. Space is limited to ensure safe social distancing, so sign up early. Instructors will be wearing masks, participants must be free from symptoms of illness, must not have had contact with any person who has symptoms of illness within two weeks, and are strongly encouraged to wear a covering over mouth and nose.

Registration period: August 20 - October 6
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:00 pm - Sunday, October 10, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

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.

Coronavirus safety protocols will be used. Space is limited to ensure safe social distancing, so sign up early. Instructors will be wearing masks, participants must be free from symptoms of illness, must not have had contact with any person who has symptoms of illness within two weeks, and are strongly encouraged to wear a covering over mouth and nose.

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Field trip
Registration period: September 14 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lessons 1&2

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following current masking and distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Class at Lake 15
Registration period: September 15 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Do you like hazelnut lattes, or Nutella? Did you know that we have native, wild hazelnuts growing in Missouri? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss where to find, how to grow, and recipes on how to fix these wonderful fall wild edibles. We will end with making hazelnut flour and hazelnut butter. Recipes will be sent to all virtual participants. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: September 15 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you like hazelnut lattes, or Nutella? Did you know that we have native, wild hazelnuts growing in Missouri? Join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center naturalists as we discuss where to find, how to grow, and recipes on how to fix these wonderful fall wild edibles. We will end with making hazelnut flour and hazelnut butter.

Masks are encouraged when indoors and social distancing is not feasible.

**Limit 25, due to limited space, please register each individual attending.

This program is intended for ages 10 and up.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This clinic will cover the basics of duck hunting for youth hunters who are curious about getting into duck hunting.
Registration period: September 10 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us on a hike at Valley View Glades Natural Area (in Jefferson County off of Hwy B) to see the bright fall colors on display and learn about why trees change color, among the many other changes we experience in autumn. This program will be outside, and we will be hiking in intermediate terrain for over an hour; the trail is approximately 2.6 miles. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water and sunscreen.

Registration is required and current COVID-19 guidance will be followed. Ages 10 and up.