Nature is a wonderful source of artistic inspiration! Drop in Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm to view volunteer naturalist, Angie Jungbluth's beautiful water color pieces. Angie finds that art deepens her sense of connection with the natural world and helps observers notice more detail. For more information call Columbia Bottom CA at 314-877-6014.
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation's Nature Journaling group as we explore some of Missouri's native birds in the Saint Louis Zoo's 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage! We will first meander through the Flight Cage to observe the birds and discuss a little of their story - their role in Missouri's ecosystems. Then we will focus on a brief lesson, which will include how to quickly sketch the birds. Yes they move - and yes it may be a challenge, but there are techniques that you can employ to help capture as much as possible in your journal. Additional techniques will be discussed to help participants add useful information on their journal pages to create fun and vibrant entries. NOTE: If it is raining, we will meet inside the Bird House which is an enclosed building - and separate from the Flight Cage. Space is limited, so please register at: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area at (636) 441-4554.
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.
October 25 & November 1 · Tuesday · 6:30–8 PM (pre-trip training)
November 5–6 · Saturday–Sunday · All Day (backpacking trip)
Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Backpacking is an outdoor skill that allows you to experience the beauty and peace of nature. The Discovery Center staff will be offering an introduction to backpacking program that will teach you the skills needed to backpack, what is needed and how to pack. There will be two required pre-trip programs followed by a weekend backpacking trip where you will experience the colors of fall from the trail.
This is for youth ages 11-15 and women ages 11 and up, new to duck hunting, who want to learn how to become successful at this rewarding activity. On October 27th we will meet at the August A. Busch CA classroom for a clinic where we will cover safety, clothing, blind and decoy placement and more. On November 5th for youth and 9th for women, we will head to the wetland area at Busch and do an actual duck hunt. Must attend clinic to participate in the hunt. All participants must be hunter education certified. Youth ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. This is for new hunters who have not participated in this hunt in the past.(Reservations begin September 27 by calling 636-441-4554.)Reserve by Oct 25, 2016
Women’s Hike at General Watkins CA
November 5 • Saturday • 9 AM-12:30 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 14+)
Enjoy the crisp air on a hike at General Watkins Conservation Area. We’ll see American Beech mixed in among the trees along the ridge, and might even see a few other rare plants. Hike is 3 miles and rated moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike on the 3.5 mile Busch Hiking/Biking trail. We may hear howling coyotes and owls if we're lucky! Reservations begin Nov 4 and can made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
This two-part program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session, followed by a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own. Due to the Busch Range renovation, this program will be held at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.(Reservations begin November 7 by calling 636-441-4554).