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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: Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Mary Burns is a vibrant, versatile artist whose watercolors speak of her deep love of the beauty of nature, whether birds, animals, or landscapes. Mary has lifelong experience as an artist from her beginnings as a young girl in Brazil. She has a degree in Visual Art from the Federal University of the Valley of San Francisco and has worked as and artist and elementary teacher in her home country. Mary has lived in the United States since 2015, and has dedicated herself to producing pieces of the highest quality art that evoke her love of nature, people, and the world around her.

Mary Burns has her Watercolor Art Studio at her home in Arnold, MO, and she can be reached at watercolor-mary-burns.myshopify.com or mburnsart@outlook.com.

Her beautiful watercolor art will be on display at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center throughout the month of July.
Date: Monday, July 26, 2021 7:30 am - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Youth Conservation and Hunter Education Camp is a FREE, 2-day camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for ages 11-15. The camp will be held on July 26th and 27th. One goal of this camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Youth Conservation and Hunter Education Camp will provide them with a supportive learning environment where they can actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by MDC staff. Some of these skills include archery, shooting sports, fishing, atlatl, and canoeing. At the completion of camp, the kids will become Hunter Education certified so that they may continue using their newly learned skills. Registration is open to the first 60 applicants. You will need to create a username and password for your child to register.

This is a multistep process step 1) register online 2) watch for an email and a packet in the mail (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTED WHEN REGISTEREING) 3) fill out the packet ASAP and return 4) student must complete the knowledge portion explained in packet and return. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email Becky.Robertson@mdc.mo.gov or phone (636) 441-4554 Ext. 4126 or Bryant.Hertel@mdc.mo.gov or phone 636-300-0258 Ext 1550.

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 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: July 13 - July 26
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

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

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.

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This program will cover how to get started in bowfising. We will cover equipment, safety, regulations, and what species can be taken with a bow. On Saturday the 31st of July we will have a live event in which participants can come out and put their newfound knowledge to the test. The live program is separate and you must sign up for it separately in order to participate. All of the necessary equipment will be provided for the live program.
Registration period: June 11 - July 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us July 30th for Backpacking Preparation 101 to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack and fun places to explore in Missouri.

Registration period: June 22 - July 23
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than spending time outdoors? Join us as we sample different ways you can enjoy conservation right in your own backyard. We will spend time learning about the different plants and animals of Missouri, practicing mini archery and other fun activities in the comfort of the nature center and the surrounding woods.

This minicamp will take place at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Please bring a water bottle, a lunch, and any other supplies that you might need for the duration of the camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

Registration period: June 11 - July 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

The compass is an excellent tool to help you reach your destination, identify your location, and map your route. Learn how to do all three by joining us at Warrenton Pool Park Pavilion for this free orienteering program. Included will be a treasure hunt for free giveaways. This event will take place outdoors, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear, clothing attire for gravel trails, water, and potentially hot weather.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Children younger than sixteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Registration period: June 15 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join a naturalist for a 3.5 mile hike on the Hiking and Biking trail at dusk to catch a glimpse of some of Missouri’s summertime magic...the bioluminescence of fireflies!

This guided hike will meet at the Busch Hiking and Biking trailhead. Please bring water and good walking shoes.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This event will be a live Bowfishing event. The attendees of this event will be taken on a mentored Bowfishing day. Participants must attend the virtual Bowfishing event on July 27th to attend the live event. All necessary equipment will be provided. The site of the program is to be determined.
Registration period: June 15 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:30 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for a 2 and ½ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the MTC marsh. The young have just left the nests so we may see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds.

This event will be held at Marais Temp Clair Conservation area. 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.

Registration period: July 20 - July 29
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Journaling for Beginners: In-Person

July 31, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us for the in-person portion of our nature journaling series! We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, in the main lobby of the visitor center. From there, the group will have the option to either participate in hiking while nature journaling, nature journaling while seated outside, and nature journaling from inside.

Please bring water, sunscreen, a notebook or sketchbook, pen, pencil, and wear appropriate clothing for outdoor exploration.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.

Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, August 2, 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, August 2, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, August 2, 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.
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 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, August 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Do you want to learn how get started shooting a shotgun but do not know how? This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.
Registration period: July 20 - August 2
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Food Plots for Wildlife - Presented by Mr. Chris Grellner from Valley Park Elevator s the presenter

Chris will discuss how to determine a site. What time of year to prep and when to seed.

He will explain the benefits of each crop option, Rye vs clover, oats over beans.

He will also talk about the Importance of soil sample results and equipment needed.

Registration period: July 20 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free in-person program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home.

This is an IN-PERSON program. Please meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: July 20 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free virtual program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home.

You will receive a link for the program about 24 hours before the program
Registration period: July 15 - August 4
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 am - Friday, August 6, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the waterway in Forest Park, looking for some of the water birds native to the city. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Please meet at the fish hatchery.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines.? Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: July 22 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 7:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Come and meet the Missouri Department of Conservation newest team member. This team member has highly specialized skills and abilities that no one else possesses. He also has four paws, fur, and a nose that is 40 times greater than ours! You might say MDC has gone to the dogs. K9-Tex and his handler Cpl. Alan Lamb will be at the nature center to explain and show what it is they do to help protect wildlife. Tex is also going to show off his amazing nose and ability to detect scent.
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 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.

Registration period: May 21 - August 3
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Are you a Scout wanting to get closer to earning a badge? Join us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday, August 7, 2021 for the scout event of the year! Scouts will be able to visit multiple stations and complete activities that will satisfy a multitude of badges. The following stations will be on site:

• Wilderness Survival

• Water Conservation*

• Orienteering*

• Mammal Study

• Bird Study

• Archery*

• Canoeing*

• Geocaching

• Forestry

• Fishing*

• Environmental Science

• Forest Bathing

• Hiking

• Reptile and Amphibian Study

* Indicates stations that require reservation through email, due to limited spaces

If you wish to attend this event, you must register each participant here. if you wish to add an activity that has limited spaces available to your registration (see * in list above):

• Email Powder.Val@mdc.mo.gov with your:

o Age/s

o A list of the stations with limited spaces you would like to attend that require reservations

• You will then receive a confirmation email with your reservations.

This event is designed for Scouts of America and Girl Scouts.

Scouts are responsible for securing Merit Badge Counselors for the event.

Scouts must bring their Merit Badge Cards.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase through the bait shop concession stand.