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NATR:709 Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight03/23-03/23  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50298
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Forest Park Owls: Mating, Nesting and Owlets04/06-04/06  

Join Mark H.X. Glenshaw, an award-winning amateur naturalist and speaker for a class focusing on the mating and nesting behavior and the owlets raised by Great Horned Owls he has been observing, documenting, and doing outreach in Forest Park since December 2005. Learn what Mark has been able to observe and document including: mating, nest selection, feeding of the owlets, fledging and gradual maturation of owlets, and the dispersal of the owlets with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. You will be amazed at the delights and challenges these owls have when they raise their families. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50301
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:730 Geology of Missouri04/08-04/08  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50282
  • Meeting Dates= 04/08-04/08
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 106
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Smith
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:715 Go Native! Identification & Natural History of Common Missouri Insects04/19-04/19  

Ever wonder why insects are the most successful and ecologically important class of animals in the world? They form a vital link between plants and vertebrate animals, such as birds and mammals. Although their biodiversity can be overwhelming, after learning some basic anatomy, you'll be able to identify ten major groups or orders of insects and recognize the most commonly encountered species found in the greater St. Louis area. See close-up images of insects, discuss their natural history and receive identification resources to take home. Students are encouraged to obtain the Golden Guide paperback titled, "Insects" for use in class. Book is available from most area bookstores and libraries. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50146
  • Meeting Dates= 04/19-04/19
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= David Tylka
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:733 Introduction to Beekeeping02/18-02/18  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50188
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-02/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:709 Introduction to Bird Watching04/05-04/05  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50304
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/05
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:765 Master Naturalist Award - Spring 201701/15-05/14  

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

  • Registration Code= 201705 50015
  • Meeting Dates= 01/15-05/14
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times= 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location=  
  • Instructor=  STAFF
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NATR:720 Monarchs and Milkweed03/28-03/28  

Join biologist Dave Tylka to learn the plight of these beautiful animal ambassadors of the air, how you can help monarchs by planting different milkweed species around your home, and where milkweed seeds and seedlings may be obtained. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50148
  • Meeting Dates= 03/28-03/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= David Tylka
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:704 Nature Walk04/22-04/22  

With the warm weather upon us, it's time to get outside and see what's blooming! Join our small group tour to explore, discover and study the spring landscape observing the splendor of the environment of Shaw Nature Reserve. Naturalist Nancy will guide you along a 2-3 mile walk on well-maintained, mostly level paths through the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and on the Brush Creek Trail. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. In case of rain, class will be rescheduled to May 6. Meet at the picnic tables across from the visitor's center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50201
  • Meeting Dates= 04/22-04/22
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Shaw Nature Reserve 
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:727 On the Brink Again? Recovering Two Endangered Wolves02/25-02/25  

Recovering a species from 14 individual animals, or even 7, is a challenging process. Both the red wolf (who was native to Missouri) and the Mexican gray wolf have come back from the brink of extinction by the passion and efforts of several facilities. This class will focus on the Endangered Wolf Center's key role in their recovery and the current status of each species in the wild now. A tour of the animals will be included. Children ages 12-15 may register when accompanied by a registered adult. Call EWC at 636-938-5900 and for directions and location details. This course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Offered in partnership with the Endangered Wolf Center. Registration deadline 2/17. No refunds after this date.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50202
  • Meeting Dates= 02/25-02/25
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Endangered Wolf Center 
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:709 Owls of Missouri02/08-02/08  

Join in this exploration of owls. We will look at the eight species of owls native to Missouri with special focus on four local species: Barn, Barred, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned owls. Participants will also dissect owl pellets to investigate owl eating habits. Offered in partnership with St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50302
  • Meeting Dates= 02/08-02/08
  • Meeting Days= W
  • 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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314-984-7777
 
NATR:720 Spring Butterflies04/18-04/18  

Enjoy the beauty of butterflies both indoors and outdoors. In the classroom session, you will learn basic identification skills through a Power Point and video presentation. On the field trip, you will experience the magic of butterflies in their natural habitat while spring wildflowers are in full bloom. Field trip date Saturday 4/29. Location: TBA. Provide own transportation. Although not required, binoculars and the field guide "Butterflies through Binoculars: The East" by Jeffrey Glassberg would be useful tools for the field trip walk. Offered in partnership with the North American Butterfly Association. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50191
  • Meeting Dates= 04/18-04/18
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
NATR:709 Waterfowl03/01-03/01  

There are 63 species of ducks, geese, and swans in North America, eight of which breed in Missouri. Come learn about the habitat, behavior and markings of those found in the greater St. Louis area. Coot, cormorant, and grebe will be included in the discussion. Offered in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50303
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777