Conservation Education

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From Missouri Conservationist: Apr 2009

Nature Activity

Wetlands for Kids Day

Where: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area 2360 Hwy. D, St. Charles, MO

When: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who should come: Families, Scout troops, school and church groups

To Register: This free event requires no registration.

How cool are wetlands? Find out at the annual Wetlands for Kids Day at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited have teamed up to host this event, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. More than 20 demonstration and activities stations will give families and kids the chance to see live birds of prey, create wetland artwork, explore a beaver lodge, learn to identify waterfowl and other birds, tie fishing flies, and see and touch snakes, frogs and turtles. Be sure to sign the kids up for a free Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Membership, which includes a one-year subscription to the Puddler Magazine. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at the August A. Busch Conservation Area ((636) 441-4554).

Discover Nature—Women

Workshops give women a fun, safe way to learn.

Inexperience doesn’t have to keep women from enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors. Get hands-on outdoor skills training at the Discover Nature–Women Summer Workshop, June 12–14, at the Windermere Conference Center in Roach. Formerly known as Missouri Outdoor Women (MOW), the Discover Nature–Women Summer Workshop continues the tradition of helping women learn popular outdoor activities, such as fishing, canoeing, archery and shooting sports. View a full schedule of offerings online. The Discover Nature–Women Workshop is open to women ages 18 and older, but girls age 14–17 may also attend, as long as an adult accompanies them. The registration deadline is May 23, and a $20 deposit is required at the time of registration. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Tomson at or (573) 522-4115, ext. 3808. Participants are responsible for making room and meal reservations with Windermere at (573)346-5200 or (800) 346-2215.

Fun With Family and Friends

Register now for a 2009 Wonders of Wildlife School.

Want to have more outdoor fun with friends and family? Sign up for a W.O.W. National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School. Five schools are scheduled throughout the state: Springfield April 24–25, Columbia May 1–3, St. Louis June 5–6, Kansas City Sept. 25–26 and Roaring River State Park Oct. 9–11. Cosponsored by a number of businesses, nonprofits and state agencies, including the Missouri departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, W.O.W. Schools cover outdoor skills, conservation, safety and ethics. For more information or to register, call (877) 245-9453 or go to their web site.

This Issue's Staff

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler