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Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

The Junior Duck Stamp is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the talents and environmental stewardship of young people throughout the United States. This competition was open to student’s kindergarten through high school to create artwork depicting North American waterfowl. First place winners from each state advance to the national competition. The final champion artwork will be produced as the National Junior Duck Stamp for 2018. Take a few moments this fall to view the artwork of these talented youth. The display will be at Burr Oak Woods in September.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Clive Iman Farm

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 8 and up)
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find at Rockwoods Reservation this fall. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends.

We will supply binoculars and field guides; however, you may bring your own if you prefer. Dress comfortably for a 1 mile hike and bring bug repellent.

For this class, please register all adults and children who will be attending.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever seen a parakeet or a passenger pigeon in the wild? While your answer is “no” since these birds are now extinct, they were once common in Missouri. Discover the stories behind the loss of these birds because “forgetting is another kind of extinction.” Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No registration required (all ages)
Find out what animals and plants are causing issues for us in Missouri in this display including Asian carp, didymo, honeysuckle, and feral hogs. We will show you what you can do to help keep them under control.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by October 1

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Citizen Science Opportunity: Turtle and Crayfish Survey at Clair Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area
October 2nd • Tuesday • 930am to 12pm
(Ages 3 and up)
Reservations begin September 18th.
Want to learn how to become a citizen scientist? Want to assist with research on turtle and crayfish abundance? Come join us for a brief survey of the turtles and crayfish that live in the pond at Gemp Memorial Conservation Area! We will count turtles and crayfish as well as measure and weigh some. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Please register each person separately.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Enjoy an evening of great art with this reception of 'Plein Air' paintings of the Brush Creek area followed by an awards ceremony for the artists.

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+) This is a 3 day class and attendance for all days will be required to finish your longbow. Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $100 payable in advance with a check made out to MCHF.Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for an Open House to celebrate the nature center’s 30th anniversary. Enjoy cake and a timeline of the nature center’s last 30 years followed by a live musical performance by musician and primitive skills specialist Bo Brown at 7 pm. All ages are welcome to the Open House and no registration is required.

Register by October 5

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins September 15. Local musician Bo Brown is well known for his musical talent but many may not know about his birding prowess. Drawing from his background in music, field biology, and primitive skills instructing, Bo will weave together a program featuring music, stories, images, and musings about birds, nature, and other outdoor pursuits.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Register by October 6

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins September 15. Bring your camera and take a closer look at nature photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll take photos of plants, birds, and insects. Afterward we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Frosty mornings are here and the forest is full of fall bounty. Come sample our harvest table of wild fruits and nuts including pawpaws, persimmons, wild grapes, hickory nuts, chestnuts and so much more.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

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