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Register by February 20

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.

Register by February 22

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Looking for something fun for the whole family. Join in and take part in an outdoor treasure hunt. Learn all about the fun, GPS-driven activity called geocaching. Get practical experience as we go on the hunt for a couple of caches close to the nature center.

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.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Meet Greg Nejmanowski, a veteran’s recreation instructor at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, who paddled his kayak down the Mississippi River to help fund recreation opportunities for returning veterans. You will enjoy learning about his adventure down the largest river in our nation and how the people and water shaped his journey. His inspiring work and trip are sure to make you smile.

Register by February 29

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

2020 has a whole extra day. You know what that means? An extra day on the trail. Join us at the nature center for a hike on White Oak Trace. Be sure and wear clothing appropriate for the weather and hiking shoes. A refillable water bottle and walking stick are optional.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 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.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Interested in foraging for wild mushrooms such as morels but don’t know where to begin? This is the perfect presentation for you! Program will include in-depth information about morel mushrooms and other beginner friendly fungi, including where to find them, how to identify safely, and more. This class is just weeks before the start of the morel season, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn a new skill.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come enjoy a naturalist-lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas. As we explore these areas, we’ll experience waterfalls, unique rock features, interesting plants, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for animals along the way! Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each family will get to build and take home a bluebird house. Please register one adult family member online.

Register by March 13

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Grasses can be some of the more challenging plants to identify. Join University of Illinois Extension Educator, Erin Garrett, for a fun and hands-on class on the basics of grass Identification. Learn how to identify more than a dozen species so that you may better understand your property or the grasslands around you.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:15am to 2:45pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins February 14 (ages 16+)
This year our theme is “Your Yard Can Make a Difference.” Keynote speaker Matt Lebon will talk about having your landscape and eating it, too. Other topics this year include: Ornamentals Gone Wild; Missouri Orchids; Fire: Friend or Foe; and Gardening Without Chemicals. Hands-on sessions will be Plant Propagation and Helping the Native Bees in your yard. To register call 573-290-5218 and a form will be emailed to you. Registration not necessary to visit with vendors but is required for free seminar participation.

Register by March 18

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you have what it takes to survive the wild? Through hands-on activities, we will learn the important steps you need to take if you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness.

Register by March 19

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you have what it takes to survive the wild? Through hands-on activities, we will learn the important steps you need to take if you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness.

Register by March 19

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you have what it takes to survive the wild? Through hands-on activities, we will learn the important steps you need to take if you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness.

Register by March 19

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trees are amazing from their roots to their leaves. After a basic tree anatomy presentation, we will use wire and beads to construct a tree pendant. Your tree can be as unique as you are!

Register by March 20

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Welcome the first day of spring at sunrise on White Oak Trace. It may be too early for spring wildflowers but there surely will be signs of spring. Enjoy the morning and the trail.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This hike will include a short trail down to a waterfall (rain will determine if it is running). A longer loop trail is about one mile. It includes some beautiful sandstone and maybe some early wildflowers. This hike is listed as moderate and may be a little slick if wet. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish. We will take a break to eat lunch on the trail.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. We’ll talk about some you might see and what we should do when we find wild babies.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The first day of spring is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy dropping a line in. Join us as we learn the basics of fishing and play some fun fish-related games. We will get a chance to head out to the park lake and try our hands at catching the big one! All fishing equipment will be provided. Meet at the nature center.

Register by March 24

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. We’ll talk about some you might see and what we should do when we find wild babies.

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