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Registration period: June 1 - August 16
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 6:30 pm - Tuesday, August 16, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the hot weather can be easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes (blueprints): a photographic printing process that uses the sun and water to make a cyan-blue print of naturally found objects like leaves and grasses that we will collect on a short hike around our big backyard. Take home your own personal work of art suitable for framing (guaranteed!) If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 3
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:30 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
No registration required (all ages) The Missouri Department of Conservation and Kansas City Police Department are partnering to offer a free movie experience at the Discovery Center. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs as a naturalist provides a short introductory program to get you connected with nature. The family friendly movie will start at sunset with movie snacks available. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with MDC staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we will explore Sand Prairie Conservation Area in southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff will explore these rare prairies that were formed from river channels that once flowed through the area. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: April 8 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most stunning and unique Winged Things found in the beautiful landscapes of Missouri.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have light boards and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts bead.

Registration period: July 14 - August 19
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 5:30 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 7:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Enjoy an early start to a hot summer day by taking a cool walk to watch the sunrise at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Follow a mostly shaded path as we look for examples of Evening primrose, Great blue lobelias and other wildflowers that were blooming at this time last year. When the sun appears on the horizon it casts its golden glow over the waters.

Meet at the front entrance gate at 5:30 am to caravan to lot "L" with the group leaders.
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 20
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 30 - August 19
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, August 20, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Golds, greens, yellows, browns, and maybe an orange, peach, or red.

In celebration of "A Year in Color" Cape Nature Center is offering a monthly class focused on dyeing fiber with materials you can find and harvest nearby. Each month we’ll explore a new plant (or mushroom), how and when it can be harvested, and how it can be used to create a natural palette. This program is intended for anyone interested in dyeing with natural materials regardless of experience level; attendance every month is not required. At the end of the series you’ll have the opportunity to create something with the fiber you’ve dyed.

For August our feature plant is dogbane. We will take time during this class to harvest dogbane; however, the area we'll harvest from is accessible from a sidewalk and paved parking lot.

All materials will be supplied including fiber. However, if you prefer to bring your own fiber we'll dye up to100g additional animal-based fiber.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.
Registration period: August 8 - August 22
Date: Monday, August 22, 2022 6:00 pm - Monday, August 22, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Cameron YMCA
Registration period: August 1 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
These beautiful orange butterflies make a long and dangerous journey as they migrate across North America. Fly in to learn what makes the monarch butterfly so loved and so special! Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: June 1 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Grab your walking shoes and get ready for a leisurely stroll through the tree lined streets of Calvary, Forest Hill and Rose Hill cemeteries. Covering roughly two miles, this slow-paced hike will utilize cemetery roads and some sidewalks as we discover the beautiful trees of the area. During the hike we will discuss native and non-native trees and the threats to them, wildlife that rely on trees, hiking safety and other great urban hikes. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 24 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Missouri is home to an incredible variety of plants, both native and non-native, which can create amazing dye. Naturalist Jordi Raos will show you how to make a few types of natural dye using plants you can find in Missouri. We will take a lunch break from 12 noon – 1 pm as we let some of our dyes set. We will be working with native plants and wool yarn. Email Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov for more details. Ages 12-adult.
Registration period: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: July 22 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Flowers seem to get all the attention in the plant world, but leaves are just as beautiful and important. We’ll study a few of the plants around the nature enter and collect interesting leaves. Then we'll experiment with gelli plates to create botanical prints.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a purple crafts bead.
Registration period: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 1:30 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 24 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: July 19 - August 26
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:00 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Meet us at the parking lot at Young Conservation Area in Jefferson County and try out your night vision along with your other senses as we explore nocturnal animals.

Activities include live bat mist-netting, black lighting to explore moth and insect diversity, a nocturnal hike, and spider-eyeshine surveys. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes (shoes that can get wet), and bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.

**This program is at Young Conservation Area in Jefferson County. Specific directions will be sent to registrants before the program.

Please register each individual attending
Registration period: August 1 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here comes daddy longlegs, dancing across the forest floor. Learn about these special creatures and make a daddy longlegs craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 11:15 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here comes daddy longlegs, dancing across the forest floor. Learn about these special creatures and make a daddy longlegs craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 12 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, September 2, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Dazzling golds and purples cover the landscape as pollinators migrate and summer begins to fade. Join our native landscape specialists for an insightful walk around the grounds of the Discovery Center where we will discuss what is in bloom and their connection to native pollinators. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 22 - September 3
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It’s time to face the future . . . back to school. But until then let’s pack just a bit more fun into these last summer days. The end of summer and the cooler weather have special meaning to our littlest birds, the hummingbirds, as well. They are preparing for their long journey south for the winter.

Our celebration will include scheduled banding demonstrations, presentations, and crafts and activities to learn more about these tiny but mighty birds. Banding demonstrations will depend on the safety and health of the birds and weather conditions. Indoor activities will occur regardless.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.
Registration period: August 12 - September 3
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Ready to get your hands dirty? Become a biologist while we study a rotten log and discover which decomposers call it home. We'll zoom in on the slimy, wriggly earthworm to learn how they navigate life under the soil. Make your own miniature worm bin to take home and continue your research on the secret life of worms! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 12 - September 3
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool-kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 4 - September 2
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Registration required, register each individual attending.

Join us at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to search for migrating monarch butterflies. We will do a short introduction to monarchs and their migration and then go searching for monarchs. We will capture monarchs using sweep nets and tag them using special monarch tags. Hopefully some of our monarchs will be seen during their hibernation in Mexico!

Meet at the visitors center parking lot. After the introduction we will carpool and caravan around the area.

Program will be canceled in inclement weather (rain or extreme heat)