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Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 8:00 am - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 8:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Programs are offered June through August. To request a summer program brochure and application, please e-mail Pat Behle at Pat.Behle@mdc.mo.gov.
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Artist Hallway Monthly Exhibits are back!

For June 2021: Marian Brickner, a whimsical wildlife photographer who captures the many moods of animals, has traveled worldwide, has produced 60 books on various animals and people, and has currently focused her photography skills around the St. Louis area, including Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. You can visit her website at www.marianbricknerphotrapher.com, and her books can be found on Amazon.
Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Listen for owls and watch out for bats as we hike along the moonlit Trail Among the Trees. We'll meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring a flashlight.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, June 21, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, June 21, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: June 7 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to the Rockwoods Woodland Pond to see if we can catch some of the aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets and other equipment will be provided. We will be following all St. Louis County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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. Face masks are required for the entire program. 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: June 8 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun

(Ages 11 and up)

This is an introduction course to shotguns. Class will start in the Education Center where you will learn shotgun shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how to choose a shotgun that is right for you. Then we will go to the range for live fire, including some patterning and clay target shooting. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: May 22 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This event will cover the safe operation, basic nomenclature, care, cleaning, marksmanship fundamentals, and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.
Registration period: June 2 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us virtually as we learn about the benefits of Missouri’s native butterflies, where to find them, and how to properly view them.

Presentation slides and information will be provided to all participants.
Registration period: June 1 - June 23
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:00 am - Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to a small Busch Pond to see if we can catch some of the aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets and other equipment will be provided. We will be following all St. Charles County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
You have heard of bird baths, but have you ever heard of a bee bath? Join us as we learn about bees, why they are important, and what you can do to help them out. Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them. We will be working with acrylic paint so please bring?a smock, large button down shirt, or clothes?that can be ruined.??
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 7:30 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!

Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

A bird movie will be shown at noon in the auditorium.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for to let us know large groups are going to attend (to make sure we have enough supplies).

**Please wear your mask when social distancing is not feasible.
Registration period: May 26 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This is a follow on program for the Virtual Modern Sporting Rifle class. You must attend the Virtual Introduction to Modern Sporting Rifle class on the 22nd of June before attending this program. The range will be open for attendees to shoot and become familiar with their Modern Sporting Rifle. Staff will be available to provide assistance in the safe handling and sighting in of your rifle. Attendees must provide their own rifle and ammunition. The ammunition must have a projectile that is free of steel in the jacket or core. This can be checked by putting the projectile portion of your ammunition to a magnet. If the projectile sticks to the magnet it may not be used.
Registration period: June 2 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us in-person at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Conservation Area to search for and view butterflies in the wild. Participants will also learn how to catch and release butterflies, as well as use basic photography skills to capture the experience.

Nets will be provided. Please bring a digital camera or smart phone, if you have one, for the photography section. We will be outside in full-sun; please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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. Face masks are required for the entire program. 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.
Registration period: May 15 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.
Registration period: May 14 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

(Families)

Find out about the interesting lives of black bears in Missouri, play the “Bear Necessities” survival game, and learn to be “Bear Aware” to help keep both bears and people safe.

Please meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(Ages 8 & up)

How do you handle a compass when it is 360°? Together, we will decode the mysteries of how a compass works and put it to use with a few fun outdoor activities.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(All ages)

What is a slough? A slough is an old part of a river or wetland that has been cut off. At times it is full to the brim with water; at other times it is just muddy or totally dry. It is the home territory of frogs, toads, turtles and even beavers. At times the slough at Columbia Bottom joins both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will look for turtles and listen for amphibian calls at the slough as we make our way to the confluence. On our return we will watch the sunset from the Cropland Overlook.

Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.

Please bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines as appropriate.

Sunset: 8:29 pm

Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater
The world is full of many amazing things, but at World Bird Sanctuary we are celebrating a World of Wings! Join us this summer to see hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and more! Flying, flapping, hopping, skipping, singing, our birds do it all. Come see all the cool things that birds do and learn all of the ways birds impact the world, from your daily life to entire ecosystems. You'll see why birds are simply the best animals on the whole planet! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. While this program is sponsored by MDC, World Bird Sanctuary appreciates your support through a suggested donation of $8/car when visiting. Registration is required for everyone attending. Due to COVID 19 face coverings are encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.
Registration period: May 12 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn how to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park as we spend our summer day learning the ins and outs of survival in the wild. Survivalist trainees will learn how to properly identify Missouri native plants and animal tracks as well as build a shelter out of debris found in the woods. Survivalists will also learn archery and atlatl as well as take part in a short orienteering course.

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.

Registration period: June 15 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin June 15

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Registration period: June 18 - June 23
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 1, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Journaling for Beginners Series Three

June 24, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for part three of our Nature Journaling Series! This month we will be reviewing and improving on techniques talked about in our last two sessions, practicing journaling together, and discussing our next session, which will be in person!

There will be two parts to this program: part one will be a PowerPoint presentation and part two will be execution of what we learned in a sketching session. Both part one and part two will be virtual.

Participants should have a pencil, eraser, and either a sketching notebook or paper for this program. Participants should also consider purchasing a non-photo blue pencil, a blending tool, and a small paintbrush with water. The links for these materials are provided below.

All ages are welcome to this program. This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact cara.arrigo@mdc.mo.gov.

https://www.amazon.com/Col-Erase-Pencil-Eraser-Non-Photo-Barrel/dp/B0096XVE16/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=non+photo+blue+pencil&qid=1618430063&sr=8-6

https://www.amazon.com/Blending-Tortillions-Drawing-Blenders-Student/dp/B08NJWHSLC/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=blending+stump&qid=1618430405&sr=8-5

https://www.amazon.com/Canson-Heavyweight-Texture-Sizing-Sheets/dp/B002NQ2K16/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2HQ5N2SXF5A6W&dchild=1&keywords=canson+mixed+media+sketchbook&qid=1618432550&sprefix=canson+%2Caps%2C208&sr=8-5

Registration period: May 12 - July 1
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you love learning about our creepy, crawly, buzzy and sometimes fuzzy Missouri insects? Join us at Powder Valley as we dedicate our whole day to talking about everything insect. Participants will learn about pollination and insect life cycles and metamorphosis through interactive activities and games as well as an insect craft. We will also venture out on a larvae hunt, get our hands dirty with an insect dig and sweep, and get our feet wet with a macroinvertebrate study.

This program is open to all ages and registration is not required. Participants should bring lunch, and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.