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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.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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. 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: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Come and join us virtually as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem.

We will briefly go over caves and safety. There will be a brief break as the in-person crew caravans over to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park. We will then hop back on virtually and go through folks getting gear on, and entering the cave. This will be a hybrid event, with a limited 10 person in-person program. We are making this experience virtual too.

Photos of the cave trip (cave life, etc.) will be sent tp all virtual participants.

Register each individual separately.

Registration period: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Tuesday, June 15th at 930am to briefly go over caves and safety. We will then caravan to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County for a in cave field trip from 12 (noon) to 2pm. For the field trip portion we will survey different cave biology as well as learn how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an extra change of clothes, water, and snacks/lunch. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

*** masks will be required to wear inside the cave (surgical masks or N95 masks- will be provided)

Registration period: May 15 - June 16
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn basic techniques in Missouri tree identification. Observe and learn to identify various native tree species during a 1-mile hike at Rockwoods Reservation. Bring appropriate hiking shoes, clothing, water, bug spray, and sunscreen as needed. Please register each person participating (including children) so that we have an accurate count for social distancing.
Registration period: June 1 - June 15
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Moms are often thought of as the caregivers in the animal kingdom, but did you know there are fathers that play a huge role in rearing their young? Fathers in the animal kingdom often get overlooked so let’s learn about some of those amazing dads out there. Bring your dad, parent, guardian, or anyone you look up to and make a special takeaway to celebrate these often-unnoticed nurturers.

All materials will be provided. We will be using acrylic paint so please bring a smock, large button down shirt, or clothes that can be ruined. COVID protocols will be followed.
Registration period: June 1 - June 17
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Mett at the Claire Gempff Conservation Area for a peaceful stroll to the pond to investigate what wildlife is Hoppening. Toads, tadpoles, dragonflies, Oh My! What all will we find? Join us to go exploring with your 0-3 year-olds for a sensory experience.

Please register everyone that is planning to attend. Please note that this program is intended for children between the ages of 0-3.
Registration period: June 1 - June 17
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Mett at the Claire Gempff Conservation Area for a peaceful stroll to the pond to investigate what wildlife is Hoppening. Toads, tadpoles, dragonflies, Oh My! What all will we find? Join us to go exploring with your 0-3 year olds for a sensory experience.

Please register everyone that is planning to attend. Please note that this program is intended for children between the ages of 0-3.
Registration period: May 15 - June 16
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 3:00 pm - Friday, June 18, 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 14 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Online only
A key to successful vegetable gardening is pest control and pollination, and beneficial native insects do both! In this class you will learn about common garden pests, their beneficial bug counterparts, the native garden food chain, and companion planting.
Registration period: May 16 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is designed as a basic course to provide family's an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. 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.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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. 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 14 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Pollinators provide many services to wildlife, plants, and humans, and are therefore an important natural resource that should receive our support. In this program, participants will learn the process of pollination and how it shapes our world. All attendees will also create a bee bath to take home for their yard.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

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.
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 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.
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.