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Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday evening and then we will meet at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday morning for the field trip portion. Helmets and one headlamp will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light. Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by October 15

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 1:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

For information and to apply Call 660 530 5500.
Participants must have Hunter Education or Bow Hunter Education.
Participants must not have filled an Archery permit prior to the hunt.
Participants must attend a pre-hunt clinic.
This hunt is intended for novice archery hunters. looking to harvest their first deer.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know Missouri’s state nut? Missouri’s forests are full of different species of nut producing trees. Explore down the Ridgetop & Paw Paw Valley Trails (~0.6 miles) to look for these nutty natives.
Registration begins October 16 (ages 7-11)

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

IMPORTANT: Do NOT meet at Rockwoods Reservation. You will meet at the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area parking lot. --
Discover the glades, woodlands and sandstone formations of one of Missouri’s most pristine natural areas. Be prepared for a 3-mile trek including creek crossings, elevation changes, and uneven terrain. -- Registration is required. --
For more information about LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/labarque-creek-ca.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:30pm to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

No trail to follow on this two to three mile, off trail hiking experience at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area! Day 1, Nov. 3rd: Learn to use a map and compass for navigation while in the classroom. Test new skills at finding fixed landmarks out in nature while off-trail. Day 2, Nov. 10: Return with your family to navigate the same course as Day 1… only this time… at night! Armed with flashlights, laser pointers, maps, compasses and each other for an unforgettable family outing. Effort = Easy to Moderate. Two to three miles over gentle hills. Briars and thick vegetation is present but can be avoided. Sturdy outdoor footwear and outdoor clothing to match outdoor conditions of the event. Flashlight required for 2nd day of this event. The above is the responsibility of the participant. Suggestions but not required: Water, snack, hiking stick, wool socks.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 8+)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult mentor.
Guests are welcome to bring personal GPS units or smart phones as well but instruction will be limited to department GPS units.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 5

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Does your little one have a favorite teddy bear that they snuggle up with at night? Join us as we learn the similarities and differences between their stuffed bears and the black bears that snuggle up in the woods of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 12+)
If you are new to Dutch Oven cooking, this is the class for you! We will discuss how to get started and some basic techniques. We will talk about lots of tips to make your cast iron experience easier and enjoyable. Participants are encouraged to stay and practice their new skills by preparing a dish for the Dutch Oven Skill Test.

Register by November 6

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 16+)
Let nature inspire you to make decorations for the season. We will provide the supplies while you bring your imagination. (This is not our annual wreath making class.)

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 12+)
Show off you cast iron skills and teach others how to prepare an amazing dish! Bring your own recipe, ingredients and equipment to whip up your best dish to share with others. Everyone will learn from one another and share experiences with cast iron. By the time we are done, everyone will taste something new, get new recipes, and new tips.

Register by November 12

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

There will be a classroom and range session, please dress for the weather. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for outdoor activities. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring your own firearm and ammunition.

Register by November 14

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 10–15)
Ready, aim, shoot! Learn the basic steps to shooting a bull’s-eye while we explore the use of archery as a management tool. Investigate urban deer issues through hands-on activities.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create a quilt block based on that theme. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete an entire “prairie- based” quilt. The first session runs from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and the second session runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov\twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy the splendors of November and celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking through multiple different habitats at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. What better way to relieve stress than go hiking through Southeast Missouri’s backyard. Children ages 12 and up must have an adult.
We won’t be going into areas where hunting on the refuge is taking place, however, please bring blaze orange to wear as safety precaution during hunting season. Also, bring a sack lunch, water, and any other personal items (insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.).

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

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