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Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Riverfront Park

Discover what the river has to offer you! Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi River and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides take place throughout the day with the last boat leaving around 3:30 pm. This event is located at Riverfront Park depending on river levels. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by September 20

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Apple Creek Conservation Area

This event will be conducted over 2 evenings. The first evening will start from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Southeast Regional Office at 2302 County Park Drive. Participants will learn the basics of safety, operation of handguns, shooting stances, types of ammunition, etc. The second evening students will meet at the Apple Creek Conservation Area from
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm for an evening of shooting revolver and semi-automatic handguns. Firearms and ammunition provided at no charge. Students are permitted to bring their own handguns to the range. A minimum of 6 students must be signed up by 9/20 to have this course.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Help us monitor the health of a local stream by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Waste not, want not! Reusing items we already have saves our natural habitat. We will learn how to take an old feed bag and make it into a jazzy tote bag. Machine sewing skills necessary. Please bring your own machine if you have one.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

If you want to become an experienced birder, this is your chance. Dr. Allen Gathman will be teaching the basics of bird identification in this workshop. If you want to apply your new knowledge, sign up for the birding hike Saturday morning. Join more experienced birders who can mentor you.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Paul Breitenstein Farm

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 September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:45am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Sand Prairie Conservation Area

If you are riding with us from the Cape Girardeau Nature Center, please select the "Ride with Us" option. If you want to meet us there, select the "Drive Yourself" sign up.
A rare habitat can be found in Southeast Missouri. A place where Dusty hognose snakes burrow and Prickly pear cactus grows. Trek the sandy soils of Sand Prairie Conservation area in search of unique plants and animals that depend on this site for survival.
Participants must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.) Program will be canceled if severe weather is in the area. You will be contacted if program is canceled.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Sand Prairie Conservation Area

If you are riding with us from the Cape Girardeau Nature Center, please select this option. If you want to meet us there, select the "Drive Yourself" sign up.
A rare habitat can be found in Southeast Missouri. A place where Dusty hognose snakes burrow and Prickly pear cactus grows. Trek the sandy soils of Sand Prairie Conservation area in search of unique plants and animals that depend on this site for survival.
Participants must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.) Program will be canceled if severe weather is in the area. You will be contacted if program is canceled.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Free fishing event hosted by Missouri Department of Conservation, Cape Girardeau Police Department, and Fishing League Worldwide. This event will take place at the Cape County Park North Lake. Bring the kids (ages 1-15) out and join us for a fun-filled day where they can learn check out a fishing pole to fish at the lake, shoot archery, and meet some special guests that will be attending the event. There will other activities for the kids to participate in throughout the duration of the event. There will be prizes given away towards the end of the event. Participants must register at the event. Registration begins at 12:00pm. All registered anglers will be provided with a free lunch by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Food will also be available for purchase.

Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Thursday, October 3 6:30-9:30 PM,
Friday, October 4 8 AM-5 PM and
Saturday, October 5 8 AM-4 PM (this is a 3 day program)
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110. Checks should be made to MCHF and mailed or brought to the Nature Center before the class to complete your registration. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided. If you have questions call 573-290-5218.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands, CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:00am 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.

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.

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: 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 - 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 - 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.

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