Events

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Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Register by July 6

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art. Ages 12 to 17 welcome with an adult mentor. Program is free.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 9 AM-4 PM
Registration begins June 15 (ages 12-15)
Come explore the waterways of Southeast Missouri with our naturalists. From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, we’ll discover what lives in and around the water. Must attend both days from 9 am- 4pm. Program is free.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever seen fireflies twinkling in the night sky? These special insects glow to put on a show! Come learn more about these fancy fireflies and what makes them special. Program is free.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever seen fireflies twinkling in the night sky? These special insects glow to put on a show! Come learn more about these fancy fireflies and what makes them special. Program is free.

Register by July 16

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever seen fireflies twinkling in the night sky? These special insects glow to put on a show! Come learn more about these fancy fireflies and what makes them special. Program is free.

Register by July 16

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever seen fireflies twinkling in the night sky? These special insects glow to put on a show! Come learn more about these fancy fireflies and what makes them special. Program is free.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Not everyone likes fried fish, but everyone loves cookies. We will be learning some basic fish identification, then celebrating fish and fishing by decorating cookies. Program is free.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 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. Program is free.

Register by July 19

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Leaves fall, animals die, and logs pile up. Without the help of forest invertebrates, we would be knee deep in garbage! Join the nature center staff for a deep-down look at the spineless critters that clean up all the forest waste. Explore the creatures of a compost bin, see how animals decompose with the help of insects, and participate in many other hands-on activities. Program is free.

Register by July 27

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Register by July 27

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many people feel that cell phones are damaging our relationship with nature. It is disturbing to see people walking along with their head down, missing all the beauty along the trail. Smart phone apps can enhance your family’s experience in nature. We are going to take a look at a couple of apps and how they can help you learn more about nature. Program is free.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When the sun sets you won’t believe how wild it gets here at the nature center! Join staff for a 1.5-mile after-hours adventure on the nature center trails. All ages are welcome for this group hike but be aware that our trails are hilly and can be challenging for some. Please bring a flashlight and suitable shoes. Program is free.

Register by August 2

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us on a walk in Missouri’s forests to discuss the trees that live here, test your tree identification, and learn forest management tidbits. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Youth and adult groups are welcome. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer breezes lift butterflies, moths, and skippers up into the sunlight. The ponds are a buzz with dragonflies. Join us to learn about some of the insects that dance on our skies. Free, family fun for everyone. Activities will include an insect zoo, information on attracting butterflies to your yard, and arts and crafts. Kids, if you have wings or antennae, wear them! No registration required. Families and groups are welcome.

Register by August 3

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will be guided through how to draw a colorful Cardinal shiner from start to finish. Think “Joy of Painting” with colored pencils and fish instead of landscapes.
Participants will be provided paper and can borrow colored pencils if needed. Program is free.

Date: Thursday, August 8, 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. Program is free.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Friday, August 9 6-7:30 PM and
Saturday, August 10 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Registration begins July 1 (ages 16+) Event is free.
Enjoy a float from Trail of Tears State Park to Red Star Access on North America’s largest river—the mighty Mississippi! Eat lunch on a sandbar and explore the river with expert guides. This is for experienced paddlers only and participants must attend the Friday night session about navigation, river flows, hazards, and other important information to participate in the float. Navigating the river requires skill and strength-please consider your personal fitness before signing up. No first timers on this trip! Registration will be by phone, please call 573-290-5218. Participants need to attend the Friday pre-float meeting at the nature center.
Participants will meet at Red Star Access at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning for transportation to Trail of Tears State Park. Individuals that are bringing their own boats can drop off their boats at Trail of Tears from 6:45-7:10 am, they can then drive to Red Star Access to leave their vehicle and catch the shuttle.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDS/Life Jackets) are required.
Please bring your lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, water shoes (no flip-flops), shorts, etc.
Float consists of 13 river miles and is dependent on weather and river stages. The river flows at 5 mph on average.
A support boat will be present at all times and will be used to carry water coolers. Personal gear should be light enough to be carried in their boat.

Experienced = i.e. participants who have more than one year of experience paddling rivers like the Current, Missouri, or Black, OR participants who have participated in a large river float before on rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri.

Register by August 15

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will learn how to use driftwood to create a beautiful piece of art.
Materials will be provided but feel free to bring small pieces of driftwood.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 16

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deer browse through the leaves, muskrats munch on reeds, and our lawnmowers chop our lawns, but plants have a surprising number of ways to fight back. Learn how plants protect themselves from predators with thorns and chemical weapons. Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

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