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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.

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (adults)
Learn how to prepare and make delicious products from native Missouri fall fruits. Optional hike is included. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) There are several mysteries about the familiar black and orange monarch butterfly, like where they go for the winter, why milkweed is important to them, and what their bright colors tell their predators. We’ll learn about monarchs and celebrate their mysteries with interactive discussions, games and crafts.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me under the Canopy: Pollinators
September 19th • Wednesday • 10am-11am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Reservations begin September 5th. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Snakes are superheroes! Even without arms or legs they search out and catch prey using their super sensitive tongues. Come on in and learn what it’s like to be a snake! Registration required for attending youngster only.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 10–15)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Snakes are superheroes! Even without arms or legs they search out and catch prey using their super sensitive tongues. Come on in and learn what it’s like to be a snake! Registration required for attending youngster only.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

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

Location: Clive Iman Farm

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some 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, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some 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, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

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 20

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

If you enjoy working with your hands, you will enjoy this workshop. Participants study the history of the longbow, bow design and performance. Then you will carve your own longbow from a wooden stave using basic hand tools. Some woodworking skill is helpful. The class starts with an introductory session on Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM and continues Friday and Saturday with sessions that run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Attendance at ALL sessions is REQUIRED. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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.

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