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Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Take a musical journey into the lives of Ozark settlers that describes a way of life surrounded by virgin forests, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers. Michael Fraser, author of “Fiddles and Forests,” is joined by Tenley Hansen as they recreate authentic mountain music while weaving a narrative about living in the Ozarks before the arrival of electricity during the timber boom of the late 1800s.

Register by March 30

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

March 29 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
March 30 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins March 1 (ages 18+)
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. Cost for materials is $15.
Please bring or send a check to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to MCHF. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins February 23 (Ages 0–2)
Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins February 23 (Ages 0–2)
Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 5+)
Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, is an invasive small metallic green beetle that is responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in North America, including Missouri. Join Community Forester Jennifer Behnken to learn more about this insect, how to look out for it, what it means for your ash trees, and what you can do about it.

Register by April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 15 (ages 7+)
Do you want to learn how to fish? This class is a pre-requisite of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing. Come by the Nature Center and you will get to learn about fishing equipment, casting, and proper fish handling techniques.
To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Register by April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 15 (ages 7+)
Have you taken DNF: 1 before? This is the second of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing.* You will learn how to properly tie a knot, bait a hook, and what you need to stock a basic tackle box.
*DNF: 1 is a required prerequisite for this class.
To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Date: Thursday, April 11, 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.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Peeep, peep, peep, peep. Is it a bird? No! It’s a tiny frog called the spring peeper! Discover the many types of frogs at our big frog event! Take a froggy stroll to the pond, make a froggy craft, see live frogs up close, or play a froggy game. Frog Chorus presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. There’s a hopping good time for everyone! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Please register to give blood through the American Red Cross to shorten your wait time.

Register by April 18

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 18+)
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 20

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins March 16 (ages 7-11)
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!

Register by April 20

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
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 20

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
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 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

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
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

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
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

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
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

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
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

Registration begins April 1 (ages 16+)
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 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

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.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 7-15)
Before the rod and reel came along, cane pole fishing was the way to go. Join us as we go back in time and you can learn how to make your very own cane pole, then try it out at the kid’s pond!

Register by May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

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