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Date: Friday, December 29, 2023 5:00 pm - Friday, December 29, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ridgetop Trail will be lit by luminaries offering a whole new perspective of the forest. The trail is asphalt-paved and approximately 0.5-mile round trip, it is stroller accessible and power wheelchair accessible. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series; the nature center will be open late from 5:00 to 7:00pm this evening.

After your stroll enjoy a warm fire and some hot chocolate or cider. This experience is really special and a great family time. Groups are welcome.

This program is weather dependent and in the event of inclement weather or icy trail conditions the trail walk will be cancelled.

Registration period: October 12 - December 29
Date: Friday, December 29, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, December 29, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Make yourself a hot beverage, curl up on the couch, and join us online for stories about nature. Listen and relax as our staff delights you with tales of plants and animals, some new, some old. A perfect way to spend a cold winter night. 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, December 30, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, December 30, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies in our own backyards. Welcome in the new year as we explore the native habitats throughout the Discovery Center's big backyard and gather dried stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other winter treasures. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:00 pm - Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:45 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.
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2024 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 4, 2024 9:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Come join the boardgame club for nature lovers! This monthly program will begin with a short program highlighting a different nature-themed board game, and how it relates to Missouri’s mission to have world class fish, forests, and wildlife. After the intro…let the games begin! There will be games available for all experience levels, though on average these games have a higher complexity level than family board game players may be used to, these games are most appropriate for ages 12 and up. You are welcome to bring any snacks and non-alcoholic beverages you wish, as well as nature-themed board games to share from your collection.
Registration period: November 29 - January 5
Date: Friday, January 5, 2024 10:00 am - Friday, January 5, 2024 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Winter is here! What a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the frosty air! We’ll learn about the changes in nature and then go for a short stroll around the building. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: November 29 - January 5
Date: Friday, January 5, 2024 11:15 am - Friday, January 5, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Winter is here! What a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the frosty air! We’ll learn about the changes in nature and then go for a short stroll around the building. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: December 1 - January 4
Date: Friday, January 5, 2024 6:30 pm - Friday, January 5, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective nighttime hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. We will then take a short walk and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Dress appropriately since we will be outside part of the time.
Registration period: October 15 - January 6
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024 9:30 am - Saturday, January 6, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Eagles are beloved birds in America. They soar with big wings that stretch six feet and play a great part in keeping their habitat healthy. Learn about these regal fliers in this program. 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.
Registration period: November 29 - January 6
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, January 6, 2024 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Winter is here! What a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the frosty air! We’ll learn about the changes in nature and then go for a short stroll around the building. Please dress for the weather.