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Registration period: February 29 - April 20
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 2:00 pm - Saturday, April 20, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Celebrate Earth Day all week with us! Learn how different plants, fungi, and even animals clean up the environment, also called bioremediation. This program will not be recorded. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link.
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 2:00 pm - Saturday, April 20, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Celebrate the spring season by heading out on a scavenger hunt! It will be fun for the whole family as you search for signs of spring. There will be an easy, moderate, and difficult scavenger hunt available. Just drop by, select the scavenger hunt page of your choice, and return completed pages for a small prize.
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 9:00 am - Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:15 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Let’s toddle down the trail and see what the rain brings us! We’ll let the babies explore spring together. Bring a heavy-duty stroller, baby carrier, or toddler to enjoy this walk. Ages 0 to 2.
Registration period: March 1 - April 23
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 1:00 pm - Tuesday, April 23, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages (should be able to do a 1 ½ mile hike)

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers and flowering trees. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 86 years has transformed Rockwoods into an amazing place. The entire program is outdoors, and we will be hiking the Trail Among the Trees. We will meet at the Rockwoods Visitor Center.
Registration period: February 29 - April 23
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 3:00 pm - Tuesday, April 23, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Mussels are often hidden and seldom seen, but they are a vital part of Missouri's aquatic ecosystems. Join Naturalist Sam Grove to learn about mussel life cycles, unique adaptations, and mussel conservation. This program will not be recorded. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link.
Registration period: January 19 - April 24
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Recruit some help this gardening season by building a toad garden! We will learn all about toads and why these bumpy amphibians are so nice to have in our gardens. We will provide all the supplies you need to design and create your very own toad garden to take home.
Registration period: February 29 - April 24
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Missouri is home to many kinds of frogs, but the bullfrog is the king of the pond. Come find out what makes this frog so special.
Registration period: January 23 - April 24
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 1:00 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Spring is in the air! Birds are calling, wildlife is emerging from cold weather dens, and the beauty of Missouri’s spring wildflowers is on full display. Join us for a introductory look at spring “ephemeral” wildflowers, those that bloom and grow before the canopy of leaves shade them out. This hike will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and transportation will be provided to Trail of Tears State Park, about 25 minutes from Cape Girardeau. The goal of these leisurely walks is to provide a wonderful nature experience to a wide diversity of ability levels as the hike is largely on gravel roadways and flat trails. There may, however, be uneven terrain on occasion. Please bring sturdy athletic or hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and a bottle of water. Binoculars, cameras, walking sticks, and snacks would all be welcome accessories as well.
Registration period: January 19 - April 24
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 2:00 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Recruit some help this gardening season by building a toad garden! We will learn all about toads and why these bumpy amphibians are so nice to have in our gardens. We will provide all the supplies you need to design and create your very own toad garden to take home.
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024 3:00 pm - Thursday, April 25, 2024 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. Youth and adult organizations welcome.