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Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Could you solve the mystery of which animals were here by discovering the clues left behind? Activities include animal CSI, animal track identification, and hiking to search for wild clues.

Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Embroidery blocks while also learning about Missouri prairies by designing quilt blocks based on that theme. The 1st block and topic for this month is buffalo (American bison). By attending all twelve of the monthly sessions, you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire “prairie-based” quilt. Please bring your own embroidery hoop, needle, and scissors.

Register by January 24

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter bass fishing can be a great time to catch monster bass if you have the skills and tackle which encourage sluggish fish to bite. This program is geared to new anglers or those who wish to learn finesse fishing skills such as drop shot, Ned rig, neko rig, shaky head and other techniques which may get the bass biting when fishing gets tough. While we will not be fishing, participants will be hands on with tackle and learn when each style of rigging is most effective on different parts of the lake. Participants will go home with several lures to test on their favorite winter water.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

From the chuck wagon to the campfire, come learn fun ways to prepare great meals outside. Get hands-on with Dutch ovens, foil packets, and other ways to cook without a microwave. All participants will get to sample their work! Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for weather.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be “naturally” inspired by artists who love nature and have some interesting ways of incorporating it into their work. Listen to music, visit with artisans, and watch as these talented individuals demonstrate their passion. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

So, you say you want to be a wildlife veterinarian? What do they do? Specifically, what does the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife veterinarian do on a daily basis? Join Sherri Russell, MDC's Wildlife Veterinarian, for a behind the scenes look at her job and the work of wildlife health including bears, grouse, deer, and fish. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Are you wise as an owl? Come test your wits at the nature center trivia night. Questions will cover a range of topics from sports to history and everything in between, all with a nature twist! Teams may have a maximum of 6 players each. Please have only one member of your team register online to reserve your table. There will be light refreshments available and prizes for the winning teams. No charge for entry.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover more about Missouri’s winter wildlife and how they survive the frigid temperatures through participating in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is geared towards families and children with disabilities as well as with sensory processing needs but all are welcome.

Register by February 6

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In this program, we’ll become bear aware by learning about bear ecology and how our actions can prevent bears for becoming a nuisance. We’ll conclude by doing a paint pour on a wooden bear cutout. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art that you’ve created. Children under 16 must have an adult present. No painting experience required. Paint pouring can be messy. Wearing old clothes is recommended.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” This message from The Lorax means a lot to trees and those of us who care for them. We will watch the movie together, then participate in a few fun nature activities.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology, and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. This will be a wood duck class. Children under 16 need to have an adult present. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all 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 February 13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring seems so far away!! Are you missing the wildflowers? We will be creating some of our wonderful Missouri wildflowers from paper. Everyone will go home with some paper flowers to help them hold on until spring.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 14-17. Drop by the nature center for some early morning bird identification at our feeders. We can help you learn how to use binoculars and field guides. Then, you can do your own count in your own backyard. We will be snacking on some bird food ourselves – trail mix and juice. Families and groups are welcome.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create our 2nd block in our series for a “prairie-themed” quilt top. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete blocks for an entire “prairie-based” quilt. Please bring your own embroidery hoop, needle, and scissors.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you enjoy watching wildlife at home? Songbirds, squirrels, bats, and owls are all fun to watch. We’ll talk about some simple projects you can do to encourage these critters around your home. Then, we’ll try our hand at building a nest box to take home! Space available for up to 12 families. Each group must have at least one adult present. Each family will receive one nest box kit. Please register one person per family.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This hike loops through a beautiful wooded area. Even in the winter forested areas have a silent grace. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved one to discover some of Missouri’s wild valentines. Find out the silly things some animals do to find a valentine through stories and interactive play.

Register by February 25

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved one to discover some of Missouri’s wild valentines. Find out the silly things some animals do to find a valentine through stories and interactive play.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This hike loops through a beautiful wooded area. Even in the winter forested areas have a silent grace. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Often, we overlook the smallest things in nature around us. Fungi, insects, cells and other things which are too small to see easily still make up a wonderful and wild world all around us. Join us for open time in our nature center lab exploring these smallest of things through our scopes. This event is perfect for the whole family.

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