Events

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Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Pine Needlers continues as you work on the seventh block to your “prairie” themed quilt. This month learn about the bob white quail, what can be done to reduce its decline in population and improve the Missouri prairie land it calls home. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Pine Needlers continues as you work on the seventh block to your “prairie” themed quilt. This month learn about the bob white quail, what can be done to reduce its decline in population and improve the Missouri prairie land it calls home. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 18

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native bees are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops and flowers. They, like honey bees, have declining populations. Join us in making a beehouse that is both functional and beautiful that you can place on your property.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Stephen VanRhein, Community Conservationist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Weeds are not enjoyed by gardeners. We will discuss several alternatives to weed barriers besides the traditional mulch and discuss the pros and cons of each. There will be an opportunity to purchase native plants from the MO Prairie Foundation’s Plant sale between the lecture and work sessions.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be on site to offer a native plant sale. Grow Native! vendors will be on hand with a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Vendors will contribute a percentage of plant sale proceeds to benefit MPF's prairie conservation in Missouri. Visit https://moprairie.org for participating vendors and information about preordering.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a day of learning about the wide variety of native plants that can suit your landscaping needs. You will learn about and make a "seed ball" to get an easy head start on planting native seeds of grasses and flowers. You can also learn about native trees and how they can add long-lasting value and beauty to your landscape. We will be giving away free native plant and tree seedlings for you to take home and plant. We will offer guided landscape tours along with opportunities to ask experts for advice on how to improve your landscape with native plants. There will activities for the whole family!

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You probably thought I was going to say, “April showers bring May flowers.” The increased rainfall of spring doesn’t only help plants grow, it also creates seasonal wetlands that a lot of wildlife benefit from. Come learn about the animals that use these wetlands and how they’re an important part of our yearly cycle!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats Missouri’s Southeast region has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to make and take a fish-related craft. Enjoy a nature film in the auditorium or sit and watch the birds at our bird viewing area. There’s something for everyone at the nature center. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 19

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Create a unique, wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, or brooch. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Registration ends April 19th at 11:30 pm.

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC's own Noppadol Paothong.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Veteran's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. All veterans fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Carondelet Park - Boathouse Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jefferson Lake - Forest Park

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1. The nature center is partnering with the Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department to clean up Cape LaCroix Creek during their annual Park Day. Gather your friends, family, or organization to help bring the beauty back to the creek between Walden Park and Shawnee Sports Complex. We’ll meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park to divide and conquer. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided at Capaha Park afterwards. Youth and adult groups welcome. Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1.

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