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Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Seventy-Six Conservation Area

Join Dr. Allen Gathman as he leads a morning hike, looking and listening for birds. Whether you are new to birding or experienced, this will be enjoyable hike. You will need to bring your own binoculars and water bottle. Good hiking boots are recommended. After registration, directions to the location will be emailed to you. The hike will be near Patton. If you want to bring your lunch and enjoy it there, you are welcome.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 7-15)
Come on out to the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond and get the chance to learn the basics of catfishing. Participants will learn all about catfish, which includes their basic biology, their habitat, and what kind of bait to use when fishing for them.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Seventy-Six Conservation Area

The river bluffs will be awash with fall color for this hike. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch. Wear good hiking shoes/boots and bring bug spray. This is a more difficult hike with some hills to climb. If the weather prohibits hiking, it will be rescheduled for October 12. Meet at the trailhead at 10 AM.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Jakes stands for Junior Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. This event is designed for children ages 6 to 12 and features a variety of activities related to the great outdoors. National Wild Turkey Federation members and the Twin Pines staff will present sessions that introduce and improve skills related to archery, air rifle, hunting, fishing, plants, wildlife and safety. Lunch will be served. Each participant will be entered in the event’s prize drawing and will receive a goodie bag and Jakes membership. On-site registration is available but pre-registration is advised . To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. For ages 9 and up, but adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

NATIONALLY AWARD WINNING
SPECIAL EVENT:
On the trail performance of:
Superheroes and the Curse of the Alien Invaders
Walk-in (all ages)
If you listen carefully, you may hear the incredible story of the war between the Superheroes and the Alien Invaders! Meet the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Aqua Girl, Spiderman, Captain Marvel and even Superman along the trail as they battle against the Alien Invaders of Burr Oak Woods! Activities, crafts, prizes and refreshments included! Experts will also be available to discuss some of these troublesome exotic species. There will be something for everyone! Registration is not necessary, but you may pick up tickets for your selected time at the nature center prior to OR on the day of the performance. Performances begin approximately every 15 minutes. Each will last 45 minutes. Tickets are limited.

Register by October 6

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes the handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 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 October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ever wonder who that bug is? Or what's the name of that plant? Learn how to use the free iNaturalist app and your smart phone to identify the plants, animals, and other species you discover. This festival-style event will include nature discovery stations, local honey tasting, crafts using nature's art supplies, guided hikes, and many more family-friendly activities. Local conservation partners will host information tables and fun activities for all ages. Registration is recommended. For more information, call Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us on the nature center lawn to create beautiful works of art using sticks, rocks, flowers, leaves, and other found pieces of nature. We can create our own masterpieces or work together to make one really big, totally spectacular work of genius.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come howl at the moon as we celebrate all things lunar. A night hike through the forest will reveal how Missouri’s nocturnal creatures prepare themselves for the cooler months ahead. We will end the night with a campfire and treats.

Register by October 6

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Duck Horn Lodge

Participants activities will include instruction in Wing shooting , Duck Calling, and Hunting strategies. Clinic participants will be invited to waterfowl hunt sometime during the youth or regular Duck Season. For More information call 660-885 6981

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Autumn leaves have some of the most spectacular colors! It is hard to think they could be any prettier. We are going to add just a little bit of paint to make them even more beautiful. We will learn about why fall leaves are so colorful then pick up a paint brush and add some of our own color to some pressed leaves.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) If you walk outdoors near woods or trees, the mammals you are most likely to see are squirrels. In spite of the playfulness that makes them fun to watch, squirrels face the same challenges in their lives as any other kind of wildlife. Learn more about these lively little mammals as we celebrate their lives with activities and crafts. Please dress for the weather because if possible we will go outside to look for squirrels.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come on out for a cornucopia of fun at the Fall Festival. We’ll celebrate the bounty that Missouri has to offer in the fall both through human and wild animal eyes. Taste a few fall treats, enjoy a campfire, try out crafts and games, or join us for a hike. There’s so much to do at our festival!

Register by October 15

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and National Park Service (NPS) present “Gigs and Ghosts” Oct. 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Round Springs lower landing.
Gigging season on Ozark streams and rivers runs from Sept. 15 through Jan. 31. Gigging consists of spearing fish rather than catching them with a hook and line. It is primarily a nighttime activity and is most effective in shallow, clear water.
MDC will instruct youths, ages 8 to 15, on fish identification and gigging techniques and regulations. NPS will host a storytelling session around a campfire on the gravel bar.
Participants should note this is program is not at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center but is at Round Springs lower landing.
Limit 20. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information call (573)325-1381. Information about gigging can be found at www.mdc.mo.gov/fishgigging.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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