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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: 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.

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.

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 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.

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is for the attendees from the Virtual Introduction to Shotgun to come to the range and shoot a shotgun with an instructor. We will provide a shotgun and ammunition to those who need it, but you may bring your own. You MUST attended the Virtual Introduction to Shotgun on August 3rd to be able to attend the live fire. Once you have registered you may come at any time between 10am and 2pm to shoot and receive instruction.
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.

Registration period: June 10 - August 5
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021 9:00 am - Sunday, August 8, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us August 8th 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.

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, August 9, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Prepare yourself with a session on bow hunting gear, proper clothing, stands, calls, and techniques to improve your chances of success. We will discuss best bow hunting practices, safety and how bow hunting differs from hunting deer with a rifle
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 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, August 10, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program for women that includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, July 19 from 6pm to 7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, August 10th from 5-6 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on July 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on August 10th.
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

With our partner, Tower Grove Park, we present an evening of nature and art! Tower Grove Park features many great natural inspirations for artists on all levels. Learn about nature in the park, then create a piece of inspiration to take home. Grab a friend or two and favorite drink. No experience needed and we’ll provide all the materials necessary. This session will feature pond life and its role in the park then we will paint a sunset over cattails. Please meet naturalist at the Stupp Center. You may have to park along Arsenal and Grand to enter into the park.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 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, July19 from 6pm to 7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, August 10th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on July 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on August 10th.
Registration period: May 13 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Explore the pond and prairie life at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. You will become a citizen scientist as we net for pond life, trap small mammals, collect and identify insects, and look for wildlife signs. If you have a smart phone, download the Seek by iNaturalist app. We will discuss this free, kid/teen friendly app!

Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy, bring sunscreen, bug spray, a sack lunch, and water.

Parents/guardians will sign a waiver prior to camp. Parents/guardians may leave their child with us via the waiver/emergency contact form. Please register each child separately. Masks will be worn when social distancing is not feasible.

We will meet at the parking lot at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area (address listed above).

NOTE: DATE CHANGE TO THURSDAY, August 12th due to some scheduling conflicts:

- incase of rain, we will host event at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: July 1 - August 11
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us August 12th 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, fun places to explore in Missouri and important planning procedures.

Registration period: July 15 - August 12
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 8:00 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 12 - August 13
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, August 14, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for a 2 ½ mile hike on the levees at MTC to view reptiles and other native wildlife of eastern St. Charles County. Learn the identifying characteristics of the native turtles and snakes as we view them through spotting scopes.

Please dress for the weather, and bring binoculars, a camera, water, and snacks.
Registration period: July 31 - August 13
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, August 14, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Youth .22 Rifle

(Ages 9 and up)

Interested young people may experience shooting .22 rifles by an instructor. Each participant will be learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 14, 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.