Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Nov 17, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy November 17 • 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: Nov 18, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 18, 2016 10:00 am

Wild Animal Yoga
November 18 Friday 9– 10 AM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 4-8 with Adult)
Come play with us as we learn about wild animals and stretch our bodies. We’ll have fun as we try out various nature related poses. No yoga experience necessary.

Reserve by Nov 17, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Nov 19, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 19, 2016 11:30 am

What’s better than cooking up a bunch of wild game for a weekend lunch? Cooking it up outside. Whet your appetite with “Cooking Outdoors” and join us for this Nature Nuts program where we’ll teach a variety of ways to cook a variety of wild game. Everyone will have a chance to prepare their own wild dish and then sample their classmates as well. Everyone cooks and everyone eats. This activity is designed for ages 8 to 12. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Nov 11, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 19, 2016 01:00 pm - Nov 19, 2016 03:30 pm

“Treasure” Hunting with GPS
November 19 • Saturday • 1–3:30 PM
Registration begins November 1 (ages 8+)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult mentor.

Reserve by Nov 18, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Nov 24, 2016 12:00 am - Nov 24, 2016 11:30 pm

The range will be closed for the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Building like a Beaver
Saturday, November 26 - 9 AM or 10 AM
Do beavers actually use their tails to build? What do they cut down trees with? We will hear from a beaver puppet about how he’s always busy building. Then we’ll get busy with activities to answer those questions and discover even more! Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 25, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles: Building like a Beaver
Saturday, November 26 - 10 AM
Do beavers actually use their tails to build? What do they cut down trees with? We will hear from a beaver puppet about how he’s always busy building. Then we’ll get busy with activities to answer those questions and discover even more! Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 25, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 12:00 pm

Make holiday treasures for your family from the abundance of natural objects this season has to offer. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 20. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Nov 18, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 02, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 03, 2016 02:00 pm

Duck Decoy Carving
December 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
December 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15.

Reserve by Dec 01, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 03, 2016 08:00 am - Dec 03, 2016 04:00 pm

Conservation Destination: Ketcherside Mountain CA
December 3 • Saturday • 8 AM–4 PM
Registration begins November 15 (ages 12+)
Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.

Reserve by Dec 01, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 03, 2016 10:00 am - Dec 03, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Nature’s Gifts Saturday, December 3 10–11:30 AM
It’s the time of year for gift giving! Use nature as an inspiration to make a few gifts for your loved ones. To keep it a surprise, parents won’t be allowed to join. Parents may drop participants off at 10 AM and should return by 11:30 AM.
Ages 7–11. Early registration begins November 15.

Reserve by Dec 02, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 10, 2016 09:00 am - Dec 10, 2016 04:30 pm

Nature Art: Nature’s Decor
December 10 • Saturday • 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM or 3 PM
Early registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want) and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Reserve by Dec 09, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Dec 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 14, 2016 09:00 pm

All of your hard work is finally going to pay off. You have harvested a deer, processed the meat and now it is time to cook. You will want to bring your appetite to this class. Our experienced hunters and cooks will give you hands on training on cooking venison and sausage making recipes and how to prepare the venison for the table. When complete, there will be some food to sample. This program will be held at the Busch CA regional office classroom.(Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin November 14 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Dec 11, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Dec 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Dec 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning November 15 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Learn how to pluck a duck and break it down to manageable pieces. Then Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” will be preparing our birds in delectable ways that will make you want to learn how to use a duck call! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Dec 19, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Dec 25, 2016 12:00 am - Dec 25, 2016 11:30 pm

The range facility will be closed for observance of Christmas Day.

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