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Registration period: August 1 - October 19
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:15 am - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore the slimy secrets of Missouri's coolest amphibian, the salamander. Discover how they survive, which salamanders live in your neighborhood, and what they do when it's chilly outside. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 9:00 am - Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:15 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Let's get those babies and toddlers outside for a walk on the Nature Center trail. We will look for signs of the season and discover how the leaves are changing. Please bring a trail-ready stroller or pack to carry baby. This program is for children ages 0-2 and their adults/caregivers.
Registration period: August 17 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we explore the cypress swamps of Missouri's bootheel. Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff will explore the plants that make up our cypress swamps. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: September 20 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 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: August 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 7:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Find out what is happening after dark at the Nature Center. See live nocturnal animals presented by the Dickerson Park Zoo. Docents will offer indoor programs at 7 and 8 pm. Bring your family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities from 6:30-9:30 pm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you are on your own. All ages.
Registration period: August 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 8:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 8:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Find out what is happening after dark at the Nature Center. See live nocturnal animals presented by the Dickerson Park Zoo. Docents will offer indoor programs at 7 and 8 pm. Bring your family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities from 6:30-9:30 pm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you are on your own. All ages.
Registration period: August 1 - October 20
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Fall is the perfect time to explore the city by foot. Our day-long thru hike will cover roughly seven miles from the Discovery Center through the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods. This moderately paced hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in these older neighborhoods. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact hike details to the participants the week prior to the hike. Lunch will be on your own at one of the area restaurants along our hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 17 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) There is something spooky and mysterious about the discovery of an animal's bones. How did they get here? What happened? What kind of animal is it? Join us for this skeleton-centered program investigating what we can learn from an animal's bones. We will focus on the characteristics of animal skulls and discover how variation in features - including the teeth - can reveal the true identity of an animal. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 17 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, October 22, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Help us celebrate the spookiest time of year with a not-so-spooky event perfect for all ages. This year is an insect extravaganza! Show up wearing your costume and take a stroll down our short Trek N’ Treat trail where you’ll meet our creature-characters who will teach you all about Missouri’s most numerous, but often most misunderstood, creepy crawlies. Bring your treat bucket because after you learn a little about each character they love to hand out treats! The nature center will be alive with games, activities, a squirmy-wormy zoo, and crafts which will surely make you scream (with joy). The Trek N Treat trail is stroller but not wheelchair accessible. In case of adverse weather the event will take place inside. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.

Registration period: October 1 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 27, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Swoop in to discover more about Missouri’s only flying mammal – bats! We will learn all about the bat lifestyle including where they live, what they eat, and how they find their prey, even in the darkness of night. Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: August 19 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Spiders are not 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. This program is designed for ages 7-11 but all are welcome. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 19 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ladybugs, lady beetles, ladybird beetles… We hear so many names, but what are they? And, why are there so many in my house!? Much of the year these little red beetles often go unnoticed, however during the fall they seem to come out of the woodwork. As the weather gets colder and you begin to see more, you may want to tune in to learn more about these interesting insects. This class is best suited for those 12 years of age and older, but open to all ages. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick their bead up at the nature center after the program.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 19 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 27, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Spiders are not 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. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 19 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 9:30 am - Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Spiders come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and, although frightening to some, they help us out. Join us as we go on a spider spree and learn what is great about our eight-legged neighbors. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 17 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 29, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that are not that artsy. We will introduce you to some favorite fall native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we will help you create a colorful fall tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 17 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, October 29, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that are not that artsy. We will introduce you to some favorite fall native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we will help you create a colorful fall tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 19 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 12:00 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2022 3:00 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 October our feature plant isn't a plant but a lichen; usnea or old man's beard.

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 17 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that are not that artsy. We will introduce you to some favorite fall native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we will help you create a colorful fall tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 9 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022 5:45 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Watch the sun go down over the Columbia Bottom. fields. Then walk by flashlight or lantern light to the confluence on a closed road and trail to listen for the calls of 3 species of owls. We will walk quietly, listening and watching for creatures of the night as they scurry away from our dancing light beams. Who knows what we will find on the moonlit trail ahead?

Dress for the weather; wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring a flashlight or lantern, walking stick, if you have one, insect repellant and a water bottle. Meet at lot “L”, about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.
Date: Friday, November 4, 2022 5:00 pm - Friday, November 4, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
At the Cape Nature Center, we have been celebrating all the colors of nature this year, and Fall is no exception. Join us as we celebrate the changing colors of Fall with a family craft night. We’ll provide all the supplies needed for your creative adventure, you bring the creativity! This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series; the nature center will be open from 5 to 7 pm this evening. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.
Registration period: September 16 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you noticed the changing leaves outside? Or the leaves falling to the ground? It’s Fall! Come learn more about the changes Missouri trees go through as the temperature grows colder. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a green plant bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.

Registration period: September 16 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, November 5, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you noticed the changing leaves outside? Or the leaves falling to the ground? It’s Fall! Come learn more about the changes Missouri trees go through as the temperature grows colder. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a green plant bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.

Registration period: September 16 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 6:30 pm - Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake

To wrap up the spookiest time of year, we’re doing a night hike! We’ll walk the trail around Tywappity Community Lake to experience all the sights and sounds of nature at night. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

This trail is about 2.5 miles and rated as easy to moderate. Transportation to Lake Tywappity will be provided. We will leave from the nature center at 6:30 pm and plan to return at 9 pm. Please bring a water bottle and any other comfort items you may need (ie. bugspray, walking sticks, etc.).

Registration period: September 16 - November 8
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 8, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you noticed the changing leaves outside? Or the leaves falling to the ground? It’s Fall! Come learn more about the changes Missouri trees go through as the temperature grows colder. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a green plant bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.

Registration period: September 20 - November 17
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, November 17, 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.