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Out Of The Classrooms & Into Nature

Lesli Moylan, director of the Missouri Environmental Education Association, works with children during a program several years ago in conjunction with the YMCA. Photo courtesy of Lesli Moylan.

Missouri Environmental Education Association helps educators inspire youth people to care about, understand and act for environment.

Nature and outdoor teachers all over the state are psyched about the Missouri Environmental Education Association conference coming to St. Louis on Nov. 1-3. Lesli Moylan of Kirkwood is the new executive director of MEEA, and she’s a busy bee these days.

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Want To Know More About Missouri’s Wolf spiders? Here’s Your Chance!

Photo by David Bruns and courtesy the MDC.

October is that spooky time of the year! What better time to attend a special presentation on spiders? Especially when there could be ten thousand of them lurking in your local field.

Visitors will discover the secret world of these arachnid hunters, with a chance for close encounters during this free nighttime presentation on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m.

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iNaturalist Family Festival at Powder Valley Nature Center Oct. 12

Photo courtesy MDC.

Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the name of that bug?”  “What species of tree is that?”  “Is that a brown-eyed or black-eyed Susan?”  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center has an event that will introduce visitors to a powerful nature discovery tool you may already have in your hand.

Join Powder Valley for the iNaturalist Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about a free mobile app that can unlock an incredible body of nature knowledge for you.  The free iNaturalist app can identify plants and animals around you using your smartphone’s camera, internet connection, and a comprehensive, world-wide base of expert knowledge.  It also enables users to contribute valuable citizen science to its expanding database for themselves.  MDC staff will conduct training sessions on using this potent app during the event.

There’s still plenty to do even if you don’t have a smartphone because this free family festival will also feature many non-electronic ways to connect with nature.

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What Does A Wildlife Veterinarian Do? Find Out At Powder Valley Nature Center Oct. 4

Photo courtesy the MDC.

You may already know a veterinarian who treats dogs, cats, or perhaps parakeets. But what about one who works with deer or elk, or even bears and mountain lions? How about great prehistoric fish like sturgeon and paddlefish? What’s a day like for that kind of veterinarian? What does it take to become one? What are the rewards and challenges they face?

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is welcoming MDC’s State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Sherri Russell Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. to share a special inside look at her job.

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ZOOTOBERFEST – Beer, Bands and Brats At The Saint Louis Zoo!

ZOOTOBERFEST at the Saint Louis Zoo October 5-6 and 12-13!!

Enjoy a Zoo-themed, family-friendly Oktoberfest at the Zoo, including fall-related kids’ games and crafts; live music; German specialty food for purchase; and German bars serving a variety of beers (ages 21 and older), root beer and other soft drinks. An exclusive Zootoberfest beer stein with discounts for refills will be available for purchase (while supplies last).

See more information and schedule below.

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Jiminy Cricket! Where’s The Beef?

Holy cow! Jiminy Cricket! Sarah Schlafly of Des Peres wants us to kick the red meat burger habit in favor of incorporating a little more cricket into our daily diet. She is issuing a “Cricket Challenge” in the Gateway City.

“The idea behind the exciting Cricket Challenge is to dare St. Louisans to try a dish or beverage made with powdered crickets,” said Schlafly, CEO of her company named Mighty Cricket. “The idea is to put St. Louis on the map for innovation in sustainable food choices.”

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Explore The Outdoors: St. Louis

Support the outdoors with “Explore The Outdoors: St. Louis” presented by Conservation Federation Missouri.

Where: Quail Ridge Lodge  24 Columbine Lane, Wentzville, MO 63385

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Pricing: Youth: $20; Individual: $60; Couple: $100; Table (8 individuals): $400

Meal: Rib Dinner

Beverages: Open bar compliments of St. James Winery and Public House Brewing

Keynote Speaker: CEO Susan Trautman- Great Rivers Greenway

Activities: Silent and Live Auctions, Yard Games, live music tentative

Contact Elizabeth Peoples at 573-634-2322 ext 108 for information and sponsorship opportunities. To purchase tickets online CLICK HERE.

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It’s All About Butterflies Of The Night At Cuivre River State Park Sept. 28

Visit Cuivre River State Park Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 p.m., for a free Moth Night program. Meet in the park amphitheater for a celebration of nature’s nocturnal pollinators!

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Let’s Cook With Venison! Culinary Class Offered, October 26

Above: Venison steak skewers. Photo courtesy MDC.

Venison: Freezer to Fork is a class being offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at East Central College on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Deer hunters go through many steps to prepare for a hunt, from checking tree stands, to sighting in firearms, to reviewing trail cam footage, to picking their favorite scent blocker. But what about preparing to enjoy the harvest when the hunt is over? What can you do with the bounty of nutritious meat after it’s processed?

The MDC is partnering with East Central College to help put you on the path from freezer to the fork by presenting a Venison: Freezer to Fork class. The course will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at East Central College in Union. Participants will discover extraordinary meals they can create with the venison they harvest.

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“Organic” – What Do You Think It Means?

This is an interesting article by Modern Farmer about the items labeled “organic” that we purchase at our local grocers and markets. It seems there is a battle on the menu between the “Big Ag version of organic agriculture” and the “organic purists.”

The purists say the USDA certified organic label no longer represents the “spirit” of what organic should be.

This easy-to-read article from Modern Farmer answers five questions about what the organic labels do not clearly mean for consumers. It’s worth the few minutes!

Read the article HERE.