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: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm

This program will teach what to do with the deer after the shot. We will cover all the aspects of field dressing, safe knife handling, and tools you need to properly prepare your venison for the freezer. We will also cover proper packaging techniques and may go over some cooking methods. Program will take place in the Busch CA. Dress for the weather. Children 11- 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 11:30 am - Oct 01, 2016 04:30 pm

Jakes stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. Designed for the 6 to 12 year old, this skill-building day is filled with a variety of outdoor activities. Join the NWTF members and Twin Pines staff for sessions on archery, air rifle, hunting safety, outdoor skills and fishing. Lunch will be served. Participants will have a chance in our drawings and don't forget to pick up your goodie bag before you leave. Pre-registration is strongly advised. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 07:30 pm

Matinee · Noon-3:30 PM (final matinee tour departs at 3:30 PM)
Meet & Greet · 4:30-5 PM
Evening · 6-7:30PM (final evening tour departs at 7:30 PM)
No registration required (all ages) Strange things are happening in the forest. We’ve heard unusual sounds coming from the Missouri Tree Trail and something that looks like a space ship just landed! Let’s check it out. You never know what or who we might find! Join us in celebrating the forest with many of your favorite Star Wars characters along the trail such as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader as we discover all the important jobs that trees do on this planet! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed every other Friday (Oct 14 & 28). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Oct 05, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 05, 2016 03:00 pm

Bennett spring hatchery staff will be cutting weeds in the spring branch. We will start in zone 3 and work our way upstream into zone 1. Please pardon this temporary inconvenience as we work to make these trout waters more accessible to fishermen.

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: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Come join our experts and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up.)Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin Sept. 8 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 05, 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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (0-36 months with an adult) Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 07, 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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 12, 2016 02:00 pm

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 13, 2016 09:00 pm

Are you prepared if an emergency happens during an outdoor adventure? This class will teach the basic survival necessities when stranded, lost, or injured, in the woods. Our experts will go over finding food, water purification, shelter, and other aspects that will help you survive. You must attend part one, on Wednesday, in order to attend part two. Class will be held at the August A. Busch CA regional office classroom. (Ages 9 and up.)Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 12 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 12, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Have you ever wandered through the woods? Come out for an evening of forest exploring! We will explore the plants and animals that thrive in the forest, observe the forest layers and learn about how foresters measure trees to study them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am

(Ages 0-3) It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the wonders of nature, and fall is a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age. (Reservations begin Sept 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 07, 2015

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