Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 02, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 31, 2016 05:00 pm

Come and enjoy photographs by local Karin Pelton.

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area
Date: Aug 09, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 12:00 am

Here is your chance to learn all the skills you need to give waterfowl hunting a shot. This hands on program will give participants knowledge and skills in wingshooting, waterfowl hunting techniques, distance estimation, waterfowl identification, bird retrieval, ammunition selection and much more. No experience necessary. Participants must be Hunter Education certified and be 11-15 years of age. For more information about this free clinic, contact the Southeast Regional MDC office at 573-290-5730.

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 12:00 pm

What do bees, flies, hummingbirds, and some beetles all have in common? They’re all pollinators! We’ll have pollinator displays, crafts, and activities for all ages. Come on out to learn how you can help these busy beasts. A pollinator program will be provided at 10 AM. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 09:45 am

Saturday, August 27 - 9 AM
What’s all the buzz about? Bees, of course! They are busy flying around looking for flowers to make delicious food called honey. Bring your little “honey bee” to learn more about these buzzy little insects. Ages 0-2. Registration begins August 2.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 10:45 am

Saturday, August 27 - 10 AM
What’s all the buzz about? Bees, of course! They are busy flying around looking for flowers to make delicious food called honey. Bring your little “honey bee” to learn more about these buzzy little insects. Ages 0-2. Registration begins August 2.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 01, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the lobby in September to view “Fish: Fantasy & Fun,” which features an artistic flair with Missouri fish species by local digital artist Louise Bodenheimer.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 03, 2016 03:00 pm

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Enjoy our vulture day crafts as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 06, 2016 07:00 am - Sep 06, 2016 08:00 am

Flowing with Nature: Yoga Walk
September 6 Tuesday 7– 8 AM
Registration begins August 16 (ages 16+)
Morning is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in nature while stopping occasionally to move through gentle yoga poses. Breathe in the scents of the woodland as we stretch our bodies and our senses. No yoga experience necessary.

Reserve by Sep 04, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 05:00 pm - Sep 08, 2016 08:00 pm

Often sneered at for their looks, these amazing animals are North America’s only marsupial. Don’t know what a marsupial is? Come on in to learn more about the “possum”. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 08, 2016 08:00 pm

Nature Art: Fishing Lure
September 8 • Thursday • 6–8 PM
Registration begins August 16 (ages 16+)
The weather’s cooling off which means it’s a good time to go fishing (but any time’s a good time to fish). Join us and carve a wooden fishing lure that you can take home to paint, and then hit the water.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 10, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Spider Spree
Saturday, September 10 – 9:30 AM
Spider man, spider man (or ladies) doing whatever a spider can... Join us as we learn all about spiders and their amazing skills! Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies: Spider Spree Saturday, September 10 – 11 AM
Spider man, spider man (or ladies) doing whatever a spider can... Join us as we learn all about spiders and their amazing skills! Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Day on the River September 17 • Saturday • 9 AM–4 PM
No registration required (all ages).
Discover what the river has to offer you. Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals, Asian carp samples, and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) at Riverfront Park. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 11:30 am

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 21 • Wednesday • 10-11:30 AM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 10-15)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. We’ll delve deep into the life cycle of a plant focusing on seedling structures, seed dispersal, and germination.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 21, 2016 02:30 pm

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 21 • Wednesday • 1–2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 10-15)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. We’ll delve deep into the life cycle of a plant focusing on seedling structures, seed dispersal, and germination.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 22, 2016 11:30 am

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 22 • Thursday • 10-11:30 AM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. In this program we will make a seed collection and learn about how different seeds get from place to place.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 02:30 pm

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 22 • Thursday • 1–2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. In this program we will make a seed collection and learn about how different seeds get from place to place.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy September 22 • Thursday • 1–2 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Busy Spiders Saturday, September 24 - 9 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Missouri Mammals
Saturday, September 24 10–11:30 AM
Missouri is home to many mammals, including you and I! Get a close-up look at our furry family as we discover their interesting lives. We will also learn how to identify mammals by looking at their skulls. Ages 7–11. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles Busy Spiders
Saturday, September 24 - 10 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 02:30 pm

Autumn’s Bounty – Fall Wild Edibles
September 24 • Saturday • 1 –2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
The woods are beautiful in autumn and full of yummy things to eat. We will learn about the fruits and nuts growing all around us and how we can use them. Afterwards we will be going for a short hike around nature center grounds to learn to identify the trees and plants we just learned.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 02:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 04:00 pm

Meet the Artist
September 24 • Saturday • 2–4 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Visit with local graphic artist and professor Louise Bodenheimer as she works to create fish digitally. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 07:30 pm

Catfishing Basics in the Evening
September 24 Saturday 6-7:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-15)
Evening is the perfect time to wet a line and try to catch a catfish! Not sure what bait to use or how to avoid those barbs? We will begin inside with a little “catfishing how-to” and then try our luck at the Kids Fishing Pond. Equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 29, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Making a Longbow (must attend all 3 sessions)
September 29 • Thursday • 6:30-9:30 PM,
September 30 • Friday • 8 AM-5 PM and
October 1 • Saturday • 8 AM-4 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $100.

Reserve by Sep 28, 2016

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