Events

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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects all call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, frogging and using nets to catch aquatic insects and other invertebrates. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required. (Ages 18+) This course continues where the Basic Pistol course ends. The topics of discussion include purchasing and owning a firearm, ammunition facts, cleaning and storage of your firearm. We also will work more on your marksmanship skills on the range. To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:30 am - Sep 24, 2016 03:30 pm

(Ages 12 and up) Discover the beauty of Missouri glades. Explore two different kinds of glades and what makes them unique. Bring water, lunch, and sun protection. We will be hiking 4 – 5 miles total. Meet at Rockwoods Reservation at 8:30 a.m. to carpool, or meet at Hughes Mountain NA, near Potosi, MO, at 10 a.m. Valley View Glades NA is near Hillsboro, MO. (For reservations, please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
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: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

In today’s world of electronic gadgets, many people don’t know this easy skill which requires no batteries or satellite signal. This is a skill set to know if you are looking for a particular location or become lost in the outdoors. This program will teach you how to properly read maps and use a compass. We will start in the Busch Conservation Area Regional Office classroom and then proceed outside to see if you can find some marked locations without the use of today’s modern conveniences. Dress for the weather. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin august 25 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 21, 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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather, and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations.Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.


Reserve by Sep 21, 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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we venture on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Box turtles, red-eared sliders and snapping turtles, OH MY! We will see them all and learn some fascinating facts about each of them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Sep 26, 2016 10:30 am - Sep 26, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3-5) Get to know the turtles of Missouri. We’ll gather up for story time and construct a craft. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to meet and touch living turtles. (For reservations, please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 27, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 27, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Discover pawpaws, persimmons and other native fruits. We will take an identification hike and then learn to prepare delicious dishes from nature’s bounty. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 22, 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: 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

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