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NATR:709 Bats of Missouri10/03-10/03  

Missouri is home to at least 14 different species of bats. Learn about these different species, where they live, how common they are and methods used to research and monitor them. Taught by Tony Elliott of the Missouri Department of Conservation, you will also explore and discuss the importance of bats to the environment and humans as well as current threats to these fascinating creatures. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70118
  • Meeting Dates= 10/03-10/03
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:727 Busy as a Beaver10/12-10/12  

Beavers are well-known for their talents to restructure the landscape and cutting down trees but there is more to the story! Did you know that the reason St. Louis was established at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers was partly because of beavers? And, that around 100 years ago, they were almost extinct in Missouri? Join MO Dept of Conservation volunteer naturalist Ed Leutwiler as he explores insight into beaver-related attributes including characteristics, habitat, diet, mating, behaviors and conservation efforts that re-established them in our state. He will also display several beaver mounts, pelts and skull and mounts of predators. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70333
  • Meeting Dates= 10/12-10/12
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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NATR:732 Eclipses, Meteors and Comets11/07-11/07  

There is much more to the skies than just star gazing. Some of nature's most spectacular astronomical phenomena were at times terrifying to peoples of the past. They include lunar & solar eclipses, meteor showers and bright comets, all if which can be enjoyed with nothing more than the unaided eye. Learn how to enhance those experiences with inexpensive tools such as binoculars and how to do safe solar eclipse observing with appropriate but inexpensive items such as "eclipse glasses." This is your chance to learn how do to all this from an experienced observational astronomer and past president of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70328
  • Meeting Dates= 11/07-11/07
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Klaus Malolepszy
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:723 Edible Mushrooms of Missouri10/10-10/10  

Discover ten of the most common edible mushroom of Missouri. Students will participate in classroom learning, field exploration and mushroom identification. Dress for walking in the woods. Bring sack lunch. Class held at Babler State Park Visitors Center. Offered in cooperation with the Missouri Mycological Society (MOMS). Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70130
  • Meeting Dates= 10/10-10/10
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Babler State Park 
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:732 Exploring Fall and Winter Night Skies10/19-10/26  

Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. Learn how to use the unaided eye, binoculars or small to medium sized telescopes to find, identify and observe the astronomical objects & events of late fall and winter including the moon, planets, artificial satellites, meteors, comets, stars, constellations and nebula. Bring to class: a planisphere 35 - 45 degree latitude, such as Phillip's planisphere 6" or larger, and current issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. One field trip required. Details to be announced in class. Provide own transportation. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $29.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70329
  • Meeting Dates= 10/19-10/26
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 120
  • Instructor= Klaus Malolepszy
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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NATR:721 For Goodness Snakes!09/10-09/10  

Snakes are one of the most widely misunderstood animals in nature. Learn to identify common Missouri venomous and nonvenomous snakes and dispel those popular myths you might have heard. Join Janet Price, Interpretive Resource Specialist at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park as she shares "tips and tricks" to help you distinguish differences between the species and help you gain accurate knowledge of local serpens. This course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70361
  • Meeting Dates= 09/10-09/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 232
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:722 Forest Ecology of MO10/01-10/01  

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the ecology of Missouri's forests? Mike Walsh, Forestry Programs Manager with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will present a general introduction to forest ecology, and how it relates it to our own Missouri forests. Topics will include elements of a forest ecosystem, competition, succession, forest layers (structure), forest types in Missouri, disturbance, nutrient cycling, and more. Class is offered in cooperation with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $17.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70816
  • Meeting Dates= 10/01-10/01
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:709 Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight10/08-10/08  

Join award-winning, amateur naturalist and speaker Mark H.X. Glenshaw and discover details into the lives of a local mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park. Mark has been closely observing and documenting the owls since 2005. You'll learn how he found the owls, basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he observes and documents with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Don't be surprised if you find yourself looking for owls after this course in a follow up instructor led Owl Prowl! Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70188
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/08
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 232
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:730 Geology of Missouri10/10-10/10  

Spend a few hours learning about the geology and geography of Missouri in an informal atmosphere. We will discuss how our state has been shaped by glaciations, earthquakes, uplift and warm, and shallow seas. Learn about the processes that gave us the nickname "The Cave State." We will also take a look at the economic impact rocks and minerals have had on our state's economy. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70820
  • Meeting Dates= 10/10-10/10
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 106
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Smith
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:733 Introduction to Beekeeping12/05-12/05  

Of the 4,000 native species of bees that live in North America, Missouri is home to more than 400 bee species--including 10 bumblebees. Honey bees are an exotic species first introduced into the New World in 1622. Bees play an important role in agriculture as pollinators of flowering plants that provide food, fiber, spices, medicines and animal forage. Beekeeping can be a hobby, a secondary business, or a full-time vocation. It is a relatively inexpensive hobby that provides a sweet bonus each year. Is beekeeping right for you? Come and learn how to attract native pollinators and honey bees by planting a pollinator-friendly garden and constructing nesting habitat for native pollinators. We will also present introductory information on getting started with beekeeping and honey bee products of the hive. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70806
  • Meeting Dates= 12/05-12/05
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Yvonne Von Der Ahe
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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NATR:709 Introduction to Bird Watching09/15-09/15  

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, more than 45 million Americans identify birding as one of their favorite pastimes. Whether you are an amateur bird enthusiast or are interested in learning more about bird identification, migratory patterns, and wildlife in your own backyard, this class is for you! Join educators from the St. Louis Audubon Society to discover how to identify bird species by sight, song, physical attributes, and behaviors. You'll also learn how to research your findings in guidebooks and how to attract more birds to your backyard through feeding and landscaping. Field trip on Saturday will allow you to practice your new skills and learn about the best places to view a variety of birds in the St. Louis area. Field trip details to be discussed in class. Provide own transportation. Class is offered in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70053
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/15
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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NATR:765 Master Naturalist Noncredit Certification08/12-12/20  

This section denotes the completion and award of the Master Naturalist program noncredit certificate.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70204
  • Meeting Dates= 08/12-12/20
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location=  
  • Instructor=  STAFF
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NATR:723 Master the Asters and Other Fall Wildflowers09/22-09/22  

Learn to appreciate and identify fall blooming members of the Aster Family, including the notoriously confusing “yellow composites” sunflowers, goldenrods, and others. Course includes a classroom discussion followed by a half-day field trip on Saturday to Shaw Nature Reserve. Offered in partnership with the Missouri Native Plant Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70778
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-09/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 106
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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NATR:722 Native Tree Identification09/24-09/24  

This class meets Thursday and Saturday. Learn about Missouri tree identification with Mike Walsh, Forestry Programs Manager with Forest ReLeaf of MO, using characteristics and samples such as twigs, leaves, bark, fruit and more. First class is a lecture format on the Wildwood campus followed by a weekend field trip at Rockwood Reservations (one mile from campus) 2751 Glencoe Rd, Wildwood. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for walking outdoors. Resource booklets provided. Provide own transportation. Offered in partnership with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $27.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70807
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-09/24
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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  Overview of Oaks: Local and Abroad09/10-09/10  

Are you interested in learning more about the native oak trees that live among us and others from around the world? Join Mike Walsh, Forestry Programs Manager at Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and explore the many varieties of native oaks and other interesting oak trees and facts including oak history, differences in red and white oaks, commercial, ecological, urban and wildlife benefits, and much more. You will also learn how Forest ReLeaf grows all kinds of oaks and how you can too! Offered in partnership with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $17.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70814
  • Meeting Dates= 09/10-09/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:709 Owls of Missouri09/22-09/22  

Join in this exploration of the diverse variety of owls found in the United States including the 18 species of North America and the eight species native to Missouri. Special focus will be on the four main owls found here in Missouri: the barred owl, the screech owl, the barn owl and the great horned owl. Participants will also dissect owl pellets in order to learn more about the owls' eating habits. Offered in partnership with St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70054
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-09/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 108
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:734 Severe Weather Phenomena10/05-10/05  

Are you interested in severe weather formation? Join meteorologist Joe Schneider as he discusses the structure of the earth's atmosphere and forces that govern its motion. Learn to apply these concepts to understand the aspects of severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Discover different weather indicators that can keep you safe in case of a weather emergency. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70417
  • Meeting Dates= 10/05-10/05
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 116
  • Instructor= Joseph Schneider
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:709 Something to Crow About10/06-10/06  

American crows are prevalent across much of the continent distinguished by their large, all-black features and cawing voices. Come explore the world of the exceptional American crow including problem solving and behaviors as they interact with their habitat. Learn about food sources, nesting and other educational facts. Offered in partnership with St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70055
  • Meeting Dates= 10/06-10/06
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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