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Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Come on out for a fantastic fall harvest 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 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and sometimes they frighten us. Join us as we go on a spider spree and learn what’s great about our eight-legged neighbors. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever thought about earthworms? How does an earthworm live? What do they eat? Why are they important to the soil? Then, wiggle your way to the nature center to learn about world of earthworms.
Registration begins October 2 (ages 7-11)

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and sometimes they frighten us. Join us as we go on a spider spree and learn what’s great about our eight-legged neighbors. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The beauty of our native flowers has inspired paintings, quilts, and many other forms of art. Now we are going to recreate their loveliness on cookies. Everyone will be decorating their own “wildflours” to take home. They will be as delicious as they are pretty. Registration begins Oct. 2 (ages 12+) Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know Missouri’s state nut? Missouri’s forests are full of different species of nut producing trees. Explore down the Ridgetop & Paw Paw Valley Trails (~0.6 miles) to look for these nutty natives.
Registration begins October 16 (ages 7-11)

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 8+)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult mentor.
Guests are welcome to bring personal GPS units or smart phones as well but instruction will be limited to department GPS units.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of 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 November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 12+)
If you are new to Dutch Oven cooking, this is the class for you! We will discuss how to get started and some basic techniques. We will talk about lots of tips to make your cast iron experience easier and enjoyable. Participants are encouraged to stay and practice their new skills by preparing a dish for the Dutch Oven Skill Test.

Register by November 6

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 16+)
Let nature inspire you to make decorations for the season. We will provide the supplies while you bring your imagination. (This is not our annual wreath making class.)

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 12+)
Show off your cast iron skills and teach others how to prepare an amazing dish! Bring your own recipe, ingredients and equipment to whip up your best dish to share with others. Everyone will learn from one another and share experiences with cast iron. By the time we are done, everyone will taste something new, get new recipes, and new tips.

Register by November 14

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 10–15)
Ready, aim, shoot! Learn the basic steps to shooting a bull’s-eye while we explore the use of archery as a management tool. Investigate urban deer issues through hands-on activities.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy the splendors of November and celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking through multiple different habitats at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. What better way to relieve stress than go hiking through Southeast Missouri’s backyard. Children ages 12 and up must have an adult.
We won’t be going into areas where hunting on the refuge is taking place, however, please bring blaze orange to wear as safety precaution during hunting season. Also, bring a sack lunch, water, and any other personal items (insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.).

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

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