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Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Sit around the fire and discover nature through the stories of Lewis and Clark. These two, along with the Corps of Discovery, traveled west discovering new plants and animals as they went. How have things changed since then? Stop by to hear a tale or two and enjoy a hot beverage as you warm yourself by the fire. Please bring a chair and blanket for our lawn. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bluebirds bring joy to nearly everyone who sees or hears them. Learn the bluebird basics in this program as we talk about housing, monitoring, and feeding these beautiful birds. Afterwards, we will make suet cakes.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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 March 7

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Unfortunately, the first two R’s are often overlooked. For this project, we’ll focus on one way to reuse called upcycling. We’ll be making photo frames out of old cardboard, magazines, cereal boxes, and other recycled goods. Materials will be provided.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Apple Creek Conservation Area

Patterning your shotgun is a very important part of hunting that is overlooked by many hunters. We will discuss the principles of how to use different ammunition and chokes to achieve the most effective pattern for your shotgun. Please bring your shotgun and ammunition to pattern. The advantages of non toxic shot will be discussed and demonstrated. A minimum of 4 shooters must be registered by March 6 to have this class.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners are partnering for the thirteenth year to bring you our Native Plant Seminar and Sale. Suppliers will be on hand offering native plants and other things for sale between 8 am - 3 pm. If you would like to attend our free seminars, registration is required. Call or come by the Nature Center for a registration form. Registration begins February 1st. Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s seminar. She will discuss how to nurture wildlife habitat and humane gardening philosophies. Other sessions at the seminar will include wild edibles, how to deal with invasive plants, native plant propagation, and how to raise butterflies. Registration required by March 1st.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
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 signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into fish garden art. As we work, we will discuss fish biology. Materials will be provided but participants can bring old kitchen items, tools, hardware, etc. if they would like. Program is free. FISH

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In honor of March Mammal Madness, we’ll be learning about some of Missouri’s most unique mammals! There are a lot of mammals that call Missouri home. Can you think of any? Come learn about mammals that fly, mammals with thumbs, and Missouri’s only marsupial.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wondered what it takes to become a professional fisherman? How does someone become so good at catching big fish? Come by the Nature Center to see Josh Gowan talk about his career and share some tips about crappie fishing. He will also have his boat on display and maybe have some free giveaways!

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Try your hand at the ancient art of origami. We will continue our celebration of the “Year of Fish” by folding an origami fish and fishbowl. All supplies will be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fisheries Management Biologist Jason Crites will discuss site selection, pond construction, watershed management, leaking ponds, fish stocking, population management, aquatic vegetation control, and other pond issues.

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This workshop includes training for watershed mapping, site selection, stream discharge, and biological monitoring of stream macroinvertebrates. A midday field trip to a nearby stream provides a hands-on demonstration of monitoring methods. Attendees will qualify to receive equipment necessary to conduct the biological monitoring after submitting required data.

For questions or registration, email streamteam@mdc.mo.gov or call 573-522-4115 ext. 3593

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