Events

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
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the auditorium to view entries from the “Mingo Swamp Flora and Fauna” photography contest sponsored by the Mingo Swamp Friends Association. This annual contest showcases the best of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and the local photographers who cherish it.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the nature center gallery in November to view “Drawings and Conversation from a Missouri Artist's Nature Journal.” This exhibit of graphite sketches with journal entries by Margaret Randol Dement is a must see display this fall!

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm

Women’s Overnight
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 03:30 pm

Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking
October 1 • Saturday • 10:00 am-noon
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy cooking around the campfire. What better to include on the menu but some of our local wild edibles!! Learn some techniques and recipes to make family meals both fun and tasty. We will be using cast iron for some recipes but will be using some other methods also. This will be a hands-on course, so be prepared to lend a hand in the kitchen and get a little smoky at the fire pit. It will be worth it when we taste our finished dishes.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 06, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 06, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy October 6 • 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: Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 07, 2016 09:00 pm

Night Hike October 7 • Friday • 7- 8 pm
Early registration begins September 15 (all ages)
Being a nocturnal animal means having special features that help you get around and find food in the dark. We’ll hit the trail for a night hike to uncover the mysteries of Missouri’s secretive night time animals.

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 08, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Field to Freezer
October 8 Saturday 10 AM-NOON
Registration begins September 15 (ages 16+)
Wondering why the “wild game” taste is tainting your catch? Proper processing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated from the moment you bag your game in the field to the final product you put in the freezer.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 11 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 02:00 pm

Meet the Artist
October 8 • Saturday • 11 AM-2 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Artist Margaret Randol Dement, a native of Cape Girardeau, designed the 500’ Missouri Wall of Fame mural in downtown Cape Girardeau. She also designed and painted the 250’ Red House Interpretive Center mural and the 35’ mural in the Cape Girardeau Veterans’ Home. She is known for her realistic portrait style and collage images. This month’s nature center exhibit is in the form of sketches with journal entries about each subject. Subjects include wildlife, dogwood trees, catfish, cone flowers, hummingbirds and river scenes. Youth and adult groups welcome.

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