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Registration period: October 1 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Find out what kinds of leaves are falling, create leaf prints, reveal the leaves’ true colors, and more. Registration required. Ages 7-12 years.
Registration period: September 22 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Watch the sun go down from the highest point at Columbia Bottom. Then walk by flashlight or lantern light to the confluence on a closed road and trails to watch the nearly full Hunters Moon cast a silvery glow across the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Listen for the calls of 3 species of owls as they prowl the night and watch creatures of the night as they scurry away from our dancing light beams. We will walk quietly, listening for the sounds of nature all around us. 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 “K”, about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing of face coverings is encourage when appropriate.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let your imagination run wild in the garden. We will collect our masterpiece materials from the garden (leaves, petals, etc.) before learning a bit about insect body structures before we delve in into creating our own. They can be as creative as we want. Dandelion petal legs? Sure. Seed pod for a thorax? Absolutely. Leaves for wings? You bet. This program is intended for adults but children over the age of 12 with an adult may enjoy it.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 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 aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you 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 fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 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 aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 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 aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration while meeting costumed and real life “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail. For this all-outdoor program, dress for the weather. Total walking distance is about one mile. Start at the Missouri Tree Trail trailhead to pick up a clue sheet to help you find your way. Staff will be at various stations with “creepy” critters and to help guide you.
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/