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Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

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 December 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in a Missouri Department of Conservation press release and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2020. 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: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Junior Duck Stamp: Best of Show Exhibit

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Students complete a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers”. The Junior Duck Stamp *Best of Show* pieces are displayed throughout the United States from May until April the following year. The artwork will be exhibited at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center during the month of November 2019.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Landscapes and Birds of Missouri, November hallway exhibit.

The exhibit is multimedia, with the various works being done in classic water color, opaque water color (French Gouache), acrylic, oils, and photography. Most of the artwork consists of birds of Missouri, including common songbirds, water fowl, and raptors. In addition, the exhibit includes a few Missouri landscapes, which may be familiar to you, presented in different styles and media. Typically, a work is inspired from original photographs taken by myself right here in Missouri ranging from my own backyard to the Mississippi Flyway.
I like birds for perhaps all the usual reasons that you do, but as an artist, I am intrigued by the variety of striking plumage pattern and color, yet commonly maintaining a similarly simple shape that is easy to capture. I appreciate the wide variety of ecosystems that birds inhabit, which adds to the challenge and pleasure of integrating classic landscape art, but in a way, that will enhance and not distract from the subject.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 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 November 11

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Trees are not just shade, shelter and food. Come out and discover their amazing medicinal qualities.

Register by November 12

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we venture out into the night to explore Missouri's nocturnal nature. Learn about night critters and the adaptations that allow them to succeed in darkness. Then see how your nighttime senses compare to theirs.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Workshop is free.
Proper pruning techniques, why to prune, basic biology, How to Hire an Arborist will be presented.
Registration is requested but not required at 417-629-3434 or email jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by November 13

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's Elk population is growing! Join us to learn more about this sensational cervid! We will have fun with elk activities, crafts, and even an elk hunting game!
Registration Required (ages 3 - 6)

Register by November 12

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Plants & animals are both equipped for survival. Turtles have shells, but what about those little seeds falling from the trees? That’s right those seeds have shells too! Come on in and learn more about natures shells.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Animals are preparing for winter. Some hunker down while others travel thousands of miles to avoid winter. Join us to learn about how local critters ready themselves for the cold months.

Register by November 12

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Ropes have the potential to be the worst bane or the best friend of the outdoorsman. By learning a few simple knots, you can quickly learn to secure your gear, pitch your tent, tie your tarp or manage whatever else the outdoors throws at you. Join our instructors for some how-to, and a little practice to help you master a few of the most useful knots.

Register by November 13

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join a volunteer naturalist in the outdoor viewing area to experience some of the sights and sounds at Runge in the early morning. Then, at your own pace, we take to the trails (approximately 1.3-2 miles) for some fresh air, exercise, and nature. It's a great way to start your day!

Register by November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin October 31
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin October 31
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The history of the "hawk" is interesting and surprising. Join us to learn first-hand how these tools have been used over the ages and practice some tomahawk throwing in our outdoor range. The outdoor range is not ADA accessible.
Registration Required (ages 7+)

Register by November 14

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Did you know the wasp was the original papermaker? Join us to learn about making paper from pulp - the modern way! We will blend newspapers, magazines, even unwanted junk mail with pieces of nature (seeds, leaves, petals, snake skin and more) to create not just paper, but works of art! Discover how nature and recycling go hand-in-hand. Please bring several magazines and a bath size towel.

Register by November 13

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Trapping furbearers should be a part of every hunter's game management plan. Join our team of experienced trappers to learn the basic equipment needs and some simple trapping strategies you can use to manage the furbearer populations in your hunting area.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cassville City Hall Council Chambers

Workshop is free.
Proper pruning techniques, why to prune, basic biology, How to Hire an Arborist will be presented.
Registration is requested but not required at 417-629-3434 or email jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by November 13

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
They slither on their belly, searching for something yummy to eat. Snakes are an important part of nature in Missouri, plus they are pretty cool too! Join us as we explore the scaly world of snakes. We will find out what makes them special, then meet some live snakes up close!

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) From almost zero to half a million turkeys in 50 years – Missouri’s restoration of the wild turkey gives us a chance to observe its interesting natural history. Let’s celebrate the return of the wild turkey while learning about these interesting and unique birds, with discussion, activities and crafts. Dress for the weather, because if possible we’ll go outside to look for turkeys or their sign.
Note: if this class is full, please consider registering for the special repeat event on Saturday, November 16.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's Elk population is growing! Join us to learn more about this sensational cervid! We will have fun with elk activities, crafts and even an elk hunting game!
Registration Required (ages 0-2)

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417 629-3434 for more information.

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