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Master Naturalist

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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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STLCC's Master Naturalist program combines classroom learning and volunteerism to cultivate your interests, grow your knowledge and build your community connections. Learn more about this continuing education program, and get started today! The courses listed under Nature, Ecology and Landscape and Gardening meet the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist program. Classes may be taken for your own personal enrichment or as part of the Master Naturalist program.

Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

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Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight

Join a local award-winning naturalist and speaker for an informative glimpse into the lives of a local mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park. He has been closely observing and documenting the owls since 2005. Learn how he found the owls, basic facts about the species and various behaviors he observes and documents with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors.
NATR-709 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F03 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mark Glenshaw
Aug. 19 | FP-D 215

Forest Park Owls: Mating, Nesting and Owlets

Join a local award-winning naturalist and speaker and explore the mating, nesting behavior and the owlets raised by the great horned owls he has been observing and documenting in Forest Park since December 2005. Learn what he has observed and documented including mating, nest selection, feeding of the owlets, fledging and gradual maturation of owlets, and the dispersal of the owlets. You will be amazed at the delights and challenges these owls and their families face daily.
NATR-709 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mark Glenshaw
Nov. 4 | MC-BA 116

Monarchs and Milkweeds

Join a local biologist and learn the plight of these beautiful 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.
NATR-720 | 1 session | $21.50 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Th 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dave Tylka
Oct. 7 | MC-SO 108

Humane Trapping of Unwanted Guests

Pesky pest problems? Explore how to address incessant problems with animals such as: mink, weasels, raccoons, opossums, foxes and coyotes. Discover some of the most effective yet humane ways of trapping and removing those furry unwanted guests from your property.
NATR-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guy Niere
Oct. 16 | MC-SO 108


Indoor Composting: Making a Bokashi Bucket

Nearly 20% of household trash can be composted. The quick and convenient Bokashi Bucket system can be used year-round and produces no household odors. Construct an indoor composting system capable of decomposing food and house plant trimmings for a family of four. In a space-saving Bokashi system, effective microorganisms transform all types of kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. All equipment, materials and handouts provided are included in fee; you will be contacted about supply pickup. Class is offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center.
ECOL-704 | 1 session | $59 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Maggie McCoy
Sept. 15 | Online

NEW! Backyard Chickens For Beginners

Have you thought about keeping chickens in your city or suburban backyard? Learn local ordinances and where to find more information for your area. Hear about the benefits of keeping chickens, appropriate housing and feeding, and different ways to keep your chickens healthy and happy. Instructor has years of personal and professional experience and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable healthy-chicken farmer! Bring a sack lunch to class.
ECOL-705 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
F01 Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Guy Niere
Sept. 25 | MC-SO 108

Backyard Chickens For the Seasoned

If you’ve been keeping chickens for a while and are looking for answers to your specific questions, this class is for you! Gain an overview for more in-depth information on: diseases, parasites and treatments; chicken anatomy and egg development; incubation and broody hatching; culling and processing; breed characteristics, showing, and judging for standards of perfection, supporting heritage breeds; and changing ordinances. This is an intermediate level class and will not include introductory information covered in Backyard Chickens for the Beginner.
ECOL-705 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Guy Niere
Oct. 2 | MC-SO 108

NEW! Incubating Bird Eggs

Explore successful incubation of all species of birds (with emphasis on chickens) as well as other species of poultry and waterfowl. Gain additional information on brooding chicks, poults, ducklings and goslings.
ECOL-705 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F03 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guy Niere
Oct. 9 | MC-SO 108

Landscape and Gardening

Landscaping With Trees and Shrubs

Ready to ditch the lawnmower, watering system, fertilizer spreader and leaf blower? Discover how to bring more birds and butterflies to your garden. You’ll learn how to recreate a lively landscape, reduce maintenance, and increase four-season interest while drawing birds and butterflies to your garden.
HORT-708 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 Tu 9-11 a.m. | Elizabeth Struckhoff
Sept. 14 | MC-SW 103

Maintaining Native Plant Gardens

Explore ways to tend your native garden and maintenance required. Learn tips and tricks to minimizing maintenance time. This session will included a seasonal maintenance and discussion of invasive plants and aggressive natives. Learn when to let your native guests prosper and when you pull them.
HORT-713 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 Tu 9-11 a.m. | Elizabeth Struckhoff
Sept. 28 | MC-SW 103

Winter Prep for Your Garden

Summer’s over. What can you do with your garden? Learn how to properly prepare your garden for winter. A little time spent in fall can produce big benefits for a successful garden next spring.
HORT-707 | 1 sessions | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 W 6-8 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
Sept. 29 | Online

Go Native! Native Landscaping for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Healthy landscapes boast large numbers and a wide diversity of pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Discuss some of the best plants to lure pollinators through pollen, nectar, resin and oil, and evolving visual and olfactory cues (e.g., nectar guides, color and fragrance). Gain practical advice about optimal native selections that attract pollinators.
HORT-713 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Th 9 a.m.-noon | Dave Tylka
Sept. 30 | MC-SW 103

Animal Care

NEW! Pimp My Paws! Pet Grooming 101

Learn from a professional animal trainer and handler, the ins and outs of grooming your animals. From ears to anal glands, learn what is appropriate for you to do at home and the stuff to leave to the professionals. This discussion will include grooming tips for cats, dogs, birds, rabbits and rodents.
ANIM-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F04 F 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson
Aug. 27 | MC-SO 108

Feeling Frisky: Understanding the Whiskers in Your Life

Does your cat have you curious? Take part in an informative evening designed just for cat owners. Our feline behavior consultant will discuss the development, health, and behavior of domestic cats with emphasis on behavior, training and health of your pet. If you have specific cat troubles—ranging from furniture scratching, multi-pet households conflicts, feeding concerns, or litter box problems—bring your questions.
ANIM-710 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dorene Olson
Sept. 11 | MC-SO 111
F02 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson
Oct. 14 | MC-SO 108

Strut Your Mutt 101

With the right training, there are sports and activities that dogs of any breed at any age can learn to do and perform with you. Learn about local groups that offer agility, lure coursing, herding, carting, flyball, free style (dancing with your dog), competition obedience, dock diving, tracking and more. Looking for a way to help outside of sport? Maybe Therapy Dog work or Reading Dogs who help children with learning disabilities is more for you or your senior dog’s speed. Learn about the many different types of assistance dogs and their role in society.
ANIM-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 Sa 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson
Sept. 18 | MC-SO 108

Bird’s the Word!

Learn about types of birds and the households that they are best suited for. Housing, medical care, diet, and environmental enrichment are all integral parts of your commitment to this pet, who may out-live you. Discover how to find and properly choose a bird. Explore cage considerations. Examine vet, boarding or housing facility resources. Evaluate food and toys appropriate for species. Learn how to get a bird from a rescue or a breeder and how to find a reputable breeder. Tackle what to do with your bird should something happen to you. There will be two bird teaching assistants present, but please leave your own two-legged ambassadors at home.
ANIM-715 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson
Oct. 25 | MC-SO 108

NEW! Emotional Support Animals as Companion Animals

What is an emotional support animal? How are they different from assistance animal? Discuss the legalities, care and differences of emotional support animals and assistance animals. Learn how to qualify an animal and what Missouri has to say legally in regards to them. Hear a personal story on living with an Emotional Support Animal.
ANIM-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F03 F 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson
Nov. 5 | MC-SO 108

Band-Aids® and Bandits: Basic First Aid For Animals

If you own a pet, it’s important to know how to approach an injured animal and how to give basic first aid. Protect yourself and your pet from further harm, injury, or suffering during emergencies by learning prompt, effective actions that will safeguard the life of your injured pet until you can get him/her to professional veterinary care. Do not bring your pet to class.
ANIM-702 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dorene Olson
Nov. 20 | MC-SO 108

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