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Powder Valley Nature Center’s Evening with Raptors goes virtual Jan. 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2021

This anticipated annual event will still carry on this year in an online format.

A raptor wearing a blinder

2021 Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival cancelled; public can view bald eagles at Columbia Bottom Jan. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

The popular event has been called off for 2021 due to Covid-19, but Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is offering an alternative eagle viewing experience.

A bald eagle prepares to catch a fish in a lake.

Learn how to help wildlife survive winter with MDC and Pheasants/Quail Forever Jan. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 14, 2021

This free program will teach home and landowners how they can help animals make it to spring.

A white tailed deer in winter

MDC invites public to learn maple sugaring at Rockwoods Reservation in January and February

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 12, 2021

A series of programs geared for both families and homeschoolers will reveal the secrets of creating maple sugar and syrup.

Maple jar

MDC’s cancels 2021 Rockwoods Reservation Winter in the Woods Festival for safety reasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 12, 2021

Due to concerns of public and staff health during the pandemic, the annual festival will not take place in 2021; but MDC hopes to resume it in 2022.

Winter in the Woods 2020

Enjoy a virtual Breakfast with the Birds and MDC Jan. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 11, 2021

This free program will provide the chance to learn about and view birds as participants relax with their morning coffee and breakfast.

Northern flicker rests at a bird feeder in winter

MDC inspires creativity with online bald eagle painting program Jan. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021

This free virtual program will guide aspiring artists through the process of creating their own eagle painting.

Bald eagle illustration

Learn handgun care and cleaning at free MDC virtual class Jan. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021

New handgun owners will learn essential skills needed to maintain their handguns in top working condition.

Two men clean handguns.

MDC offers free virtual class to learn how to read animal signs Jan. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 07, 2021
Become a nature detective as you learn to interpret animal tracks and other signs wildlife leave behind.
turkey track

MDC foresters suggest ways to recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 21, 2020
You can repurpose a natural Christmas tree in a variety of ways to benefit, wildlife, plants and people.
Sinking used Christmas trees in ponds to create fish habitat

MDC offers sequel to popular Birds on the Move virtual program Jan. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2020

Birds on the Move Part Two program will dive deeper into bird migrations during this free online program.

A flock of purple martins migrate through Missouri.

Powder Valley Nature Center joins Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Bows for Birds Challenge

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 14, 2020

The nature center will host a Bows for Birds station throughout the St. Louis area challenge, which runs from Dec. 12-Feb. 6, 2021.

Bows for Birds Challenge

MDC 2021 Natural Events Calendars available for half through Powder Valley Nature Center Dec. 8-19

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 04, 2020

Take advantage of this 10-day sale on these popular calendars and get contact-less pick up at the nature center.

2021 Natural Events calendar

Make wildlife ornaments with MDC’s Nature's Gifts program Dec. 13 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020
MDC naturalists are offering free morning and afternoon classes, and including all materials required.
wildlife-inspired ornaments

Join MDC for virtual Venison Burger and Sausage Making class Dec. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020

Learn to transform your harvest into delicious and healthy meats ready for the table.

Venison chili

MDC to hold virtual Cooking Wild for the Holidays class Dec. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 24, 2020

Enhance holiday gatherings with delicious dishes sourced from nature.

Crawfish dish

MDC holds Introduction to Handguns online class Dec. 7

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 19, 2020

This free virtual course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

A woman shoots a handgun at a shooting range.

Jay Henges rifle/pistol range now open to the public

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 18, 2020
Shooters can take advantage of 20 shooting booths, all offering targets up to 100 yards.
man shooting rifle at Henges range

Discover how and why birds migrate with free MDC virtual program Nov. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 16, 2020

The Birds on the Move program will explore this fascinating phenomenon during this online event.

A flock of purple martins migrate through Missouri.

Deer hunters can turn success into supper for families in need with Share the Harvest

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 09, 2020

Missouri hunters can play a more vital role than ever in providing venison for families facing the financial challenges of COVID-19.

Share the Harvest meat

MDC teams up with World Bird Sanctuary to present two live Raptor Basics events this fall

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 05, 2020
Meet birds of prey in person at these free Nov. 15 and Dec. 12 events.
World Bird Sanctuary person with bald eagle

MDC closes Truman Access on the Mississippi until further notice to mitigate flood damage

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 05, 2020

MDC is working with natural flooding cycles to eventually build up and stabilize the access.

Truman Access map

Powder Valley Nature Center to close Nov. 7-9 for managed deer hunt

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 03, 2020

Managed hunt is being used as a tool to help keep deer numbers at a heathy level.

White tail deer close up

MDC stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes starting in November

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 29, 2020

Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter, including a shot at 10lb lunkers.

Rainbow trout stocking at a St. Louis lake

MDC warns against baiting deer in St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 28, 2020
Spreading feed to attract deer for hunting violates the law, ethics, and increases the risk of disease among deer.
doe eating from baited corn pile

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