Events

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.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Tuesday, October 11 – 9 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 10, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:30 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Tuesday, October 11 – 10:30 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 10, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 13, 2016 08:00 pm

Nature Art: Flower Wreath
October 13 • Thursday • 6–8 PM
Registration begins October 1 (ages 16+)
The trees are joining with the fall flowers to provide a beautiful display of color. Let them inspire you to use our scraps of paper to make a pleated flower wreath to remember the flowers of summer.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 03:00 pm

Birding by Canoe
October 15 • Saturday • 8 AM–3 PM
Registration begins October 1 (ages 10+)
Join us as we canoe the open marshlands of Duck Creek Conservation Area in search of wetland species. Frank Nelson, MDC Wetland Ecologist, will lead the excursion. Age 10-17 welcome with a participating and registered adult.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 04:00 pm - Oct 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Fall Festival October 22 • Saturday • 4–8 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Come on out for a fantastic fall festival. Join us to explore the world of nighttime flyers. Meet magnificent owls in our live bird presentations at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Take a stroll down our trail on one of our naturalist-led hikes to discover more about whooo’s awake at night. Sit outside, enjoy a fire and a few fall treats or come on in for crafts. Bring the whole family for the fun! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Going Nutty
Saturday, October 29 - 9 AM
Nuts are falling from the trees! Inside each one is a baby tree seed. Find out through stories and activities what will happen to the seeds. We will also explore the nature trail to find different types of nuts. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Spectacular Spiders
Saturday, October 29 10–11:30 AM
Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. Ages 7–11. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles: Going Nutty
Saturday, October 29 - 10 AM
Nuts are falling from the trees! Inside each one is a baby tree seed. Find out through stories and activities what will happen to the seeds. We will also explore the nature trail to find different types of nuts. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 01, 2016 08:00 am - Nov 30, 2016 05:00 pm

Enjoy “Hidden Treasures of Our Natural Community,” a photographic journey exploring natural history treasures off the beaten path by Lance Merry. Within this exhibit, one can dive underwater to witness fish interactions rarely seen, wade through bogs to see the best of our orchid fauna, and muddy their boots to discover the complicated lives of salamanders.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 04, 2016 07:00 pm - Nov 04, 2016 08:00 pm

Fireside Fun: Wildlife Stories
November 4 Friday 7-8 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 5+)
Bring a lawn chair and gather around the fire for some stories about the fish, forests, and wildlife of Missouri. Tall tales and legends of colorful characters will entertain us for the evening.

Reserve by Nov 03, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 05, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 05, 2016 12:30 pm

Women’s Hike at General Watkins CA
November 5 • Saturday • 9 AM-12:30 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 14+)
Enjoy the crisp air on a hike at General Watkins Conservation Area. We’ll see American Beech mixed in among the trees along the ridge, and might even see a few other rare plants. Hike is 3 miles and rated moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Reserve by Nov 04, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 05, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 05, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Natural Basketry
Saturday, November 5 10–11:30 AM
Before the age of plastic, people were harvesting their own natural resources to make the containers they needed. Find out which native plants can be used to weave baskets. Then, try out the ancient art of basketry by making a simple, basket to take home. Ages 7–11. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 04, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 10, 2016 06:00 pm - Nov 10, 2016 08:00 pm

Nature Art: Nature Card Set
November 10 • Thursday • 6–8 PM
Registration begins November 1 (ages 16+)
When you think of gift giving why not think about nature inspired gifts. Join us as we make a few cards and learn how to make a nice folder in which to present them.

Reserve by Nov 09, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 12, 2016 09:30 am - Nov 12, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whitetail Tales
Saturday, November 12 - 9:30 AM
Hear a tale of a young whitetail deer. We’ll learn about deer from birth to adulthood. Ages 3-6. Registration begins November 1.

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

Mudpuppies- Whitetail Tales
Saturday, November 12 - 11 AM
Hear a tale of a young whitetail deer. We’ll learn about deer from birth to adulthood. Ages 3-6. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 11, 2016

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