Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

Become a Master Naturalist. Explore the majesty of nature, the beauty of landscape and gardening, and the importance of ecology in our world. From home gardening to birdwatching and exploring nature, the Master Naturalist program has it all!

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Continuing Education



Register and pay online for nature courses

Summer 2018 registration has started! Call 314-984-7777 to register by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.


Explore the world of the magnificent little hummingbird. Learn about the habits and happenings, as well as tips to improve your home environment to attract hummingbirds to your garden and the best locations to view hummingbirds in the St. Louis area. Offered in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society. Senior discount does not apply.
NATR:709 | $25
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m.
June 19 MC - SO, 206

Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight

Join award-winning 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 when you find yourself looking for owls after this course in a follow-up, instructor-led Owl Prowl! Senior discount does not apply.
NATR:709 | $25
S02 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mark H.X. Glenshaw
July 26 FP - G Tower, 115

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the St. Louis Area

This class meets Tuesday and Saturday. With summer upon us, Missouri ponds and streams will be teeming with insect life. Join us and explore the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies in the St. Louis area. In class, you’ll study photographs to identify field marks and learn about behavior patterns. Then, apply your new knowledge and skills on the weekend field trip. Field trip location details to be discussed in class. Provide own transportation. No nets or collecting, please. Binoculars and cameras are helpful tools in the field. This class is offered in partnership with the North American Butterfly Association, St. Louis Chapter. Senior discount does not apply.
NATR:715 | $35
S01 Tu 6-8 p.m. Yvonne Homeyer, Pat Garner
June 5 MC - SO, 204
Sa 10 a.m.-noon
June 9 Off Campus

Insects of Missouri

Join Chris Brown, research entomologist, conservationist and photographer as he shares information on the broad variety of insects with specific habitat associations within Missouri’s ecoregions. Through photos, you’ll learn about the fantastic diversity, introductory level morphology and taxonomy along with some of the fascinating natural history aspects of Missouri’s insects. Senior discount does not apply. Room MC-SO 108.
NATR:715 | $25
S02 W 6-8:30 p.m. Chris Brown
June 13 MC - SO, 108

Native Tree Identification

This class meets Tuesday and Saturday. Join Tom Ebeling of Forest ReLeaf of MO to learn about Missouri tree identification through 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 Rockwoods Reservation (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. This Senior discount does not apply.
NATR:722 | $35
S01 Tu 6-8 p.m. Tom Ebeling
July 10 WW, 208
Sa 10 a.m.-noon
July 14 Rockwood Reservation

Geology of Missouri

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, 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.
NATR:730 | $29 | SR $21.50
S01 Sa 9 a.m.-noon Jeffrey Smith
June 23 MC - SW, 106

Looking at Summer Night Skies

Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. Observe and enjoy the night skies of summer. Learn how to find and identify the constellations and planets of this summer with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes. Discover how to observe meteors, auroral displays, artificial satellites and other naked eye phenomena. An introduction on how to observe the moon, planets, stars, constellations and nebula with a telescope will also be covered. Required: The current issue of Sky & Telescope (Sky Publishing) and The Night Sky 30-40 degree planisphere (Large; North Latitude) Large Plastic 30-40 degrees Edition by David S. Chandler and David Chandler Company, $11.35 on or equivalent planisphere. ISBN-10: 0961320753 or ISBN-13: 978-0961320751. Field trip to the Planetarium will be discussed in class.
NATR:732 | $59 | SR $36
S01 MW 7-9:30 p.m. Michael Malolepszy
July 9 – July 18 MC - SO, 111

Managing Hives for Honey Production: Extracting and Bottling Instruction

Designed for individuals who are currently involved in beekeeping, those who are thinking about keeping bees and want to learn more about the harvesting of honey and folks just interested in learning about the process. You’ll learn the concepts of honeybee development and identifying seasonal patterns to prepare your colonies for honey production; what to expect with a honey harvest, as well as when and how to process bottled local honey. Come explore the different colors and flavors of honey, what makes honey different from other sugars, and how to cook with and pair honey with other foods. Senior discount does not apply.
NATR:733 | $29
S01 Tu 6-9 p.m. Jane Suene
June 19 MC - SO, 232

The Wonders of Weather with TV Meteorologist John Fuller

Join KPLR-TV Chief Meteorologist John Fuller as he shares his knowledge from the basics of weather instruments to their function in making a forecast. Exciting labs will have you building the weather maps seen on television and understanding the technical terms. Fun experiments will demonstrate how rain, hail and tornadoes develop. We will examine tornado case events and the dynamics behind them. Finally, we will explore internet techniques that will make you the weather expert in your family or group of friends in just three hours. If you have ever wondered why the sky is the color blue, or why the weather changes so quickly, this class is for you!
NATR:734 | $29 | SR $21.50
S01 Sa 9 a.m.-noon John Fuller
June 16 MC - SO, 204

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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