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NATR:727 Discovering Endangered Wolves & Canids at the Endangered Wolf Center03/05-03/05  

Guests will experience the Endangered Wolf Center through an informative and interactive lecture about the wolves and other endangered canids and the role the Endangered Wolf Center has played in the recovery of the endangered canids in our care. We will also examine the myths and misconceptions that surround these misunderstood creatures and what ultimately led to the near extinction of many species of wolves and other canids. After the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to touch real wolf pelts, skulls, and to visit the enclosures. Bring sack lunch and drink. Please call EWC 636-938-5900 for directions to the facility. Offered in partnership with the Endangered Wolf Center. This course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Registration deadlilne 2/25. No refunds after this date. Cost for adults 60 and over $23.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50210
  • Meeting Dates= 03/05-03/05
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Endangered Wolf Center 
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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NATR:709 Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight02/25-02/25  

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= 201605 51154
  • Meeting Dates= 02/25-02/25
  • 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 Owlets04/07-04/07  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 51155
  • Meeting Dates= 04/07-04/07
  • 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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NATR:730 Geology of Missouri04/09-04/09  

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= 201605 50153
  • Meeting Dates= 04/09-04/09
  • 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:715 Go Native! Identification & Natural History of Common Missouri Insects04/15-04/15  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50048
  • Meeting Dates= 04/15-04/15
  • Meeting Days= F
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= David Tylka
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:733 Introduction to Beekeeping02/13-02/13  

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 $15.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50166
  • Meeting Dates= 02/13-02/13
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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NATR:709 Introduction to Bird Watching03/08-03/08  

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= 201605 50314
  • Meeting Dates= 03/08-03/08
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 232
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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NATR:765 Master Naturalist Award - Spring 201601/15-05/15  

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

  • Registration Code= 201605 50073
  • Meeting Dates= 01/15-05/15
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times= 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location=  
  • Instructor=  STAFF
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NATR:720 Monarchs and Milkweed03/22-03/22  

Join biologist Dave Tylka to learn the plight is 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. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50954
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/22
  • 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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NATR:704 Nature Walk04/09-04/09  

With the warm weather upon us, itís time to get outside and see whatís 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 April 23. Meet at the picnic tables across from the visitorís center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50953
  • Meeting Dates= 04/09-04/09
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Shaw Nature Reserve 
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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NATR:723 Spring Flowering Weeds in Missouri04/12-04/19  

Thistles and thorns, native, non-native, invasive, aggressive, exotic, noxious, not noxious, persistent and perniciousóoh my! Learn to identify those weeds covering our lawns, roadsides and waste places in the spring. Emphasis will be placed on the mustards, chickweed and speedwells. Following class discussions, the group will venture out on two field trips (4/16 & 4/23), where members of the Missouri Plant Society will help you create a personal herbarium notebook of species found. Provide own transportation. 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 $50.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50303
  • Meeting Dates= 04/12-04/19
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 106
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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NATR:709 Spring Warblers04/12-04/12  

Known for their bright colors and sweet whistled song, the spring warbler is a fascinating bird. Discover facts about their size and shape, color patterns, behavior and habitat. With over 40 varieties of the species, you'll learn which are year-round residents for our area, which breed in our area and which just are passing through in the spring and fall. 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 $17.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50311
  • Meeting Dates= 04/12-04/12
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 232
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:734 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes03/29-03/29  

St. Louis is in a prime location for severe spring weather conditions. The combination of fronts from cool dry air and warm moist air create an unstable environment for the possible formation of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Are you fascinated with these weather conditions and want to learn more of the scientific meteorology including how they form, where they are likely to occur, the weather forecasting and warning process and how to predict if they might occur? Join meteorologist Joe Schneider as he discusses these concepts, weather indicators to look out for and safety measures to implement to help keep you safe in case of a weather emergency. Be prepared for the upcoming seasons before, during and after severe weather occurs as it can strike with little or no warning. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50895
  • Meeting Dates= 03/29-03/29
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Joseph Schneider
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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NATR:709 Woodpeckers02/16-02/16  

With the exception of Australia, almost every place in the world has woodpeckers. Closer to home, and depending on the season, Missouri is home to seven species. Join Vicki Flier of the St. Louis Audubon Society and take an in-depth look at our local woodpecker species including adaptations compared to perching birds, facts about physical features, communication, habitats, sources of food, lifecycle, how they help trees and forests stay healthier and more. Youíll also learn how you can attract woodpeckers and provide places for woodpeckers to feed and nest. Offered in partnership with St. Louis Audubon Society. Course meets the curriculum requirements of the Master Naturalist program. Cost for adults 60 and over $17.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50313
  • Meeting Dates= 02/16-02/16
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777