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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beat the midday heat by hiking early with one of our knowledgeable naturalists! There is no telling what treasures we will find blooming, crawling, and flying through the forest at the nature center. This leisurely walk will take roughly 1.5 hours and cover about 1.5 miles some of which is hilly.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please meet near the front door of the Nature Center.(all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 6

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ready to try a new gardenscape? Rain gardens are the best way to deal with storm water runoff or just a soggy spot in your yard. The nature center has a rain garden that handles our parking lot runoff. We will visit the garden and explore this method of gardening and look at the plants that live there. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The nature center’s garden is so colorful this time of year. It is also very busy, busy, busy. Native plants are great for pollinators. See what is blooming in the garden and who all is buzzing around. You will learn a lot about how to attract all sorts of pollinators to your garden. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Old Plantation Access

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the north parking lot at Old Plantation Access. Come dressed to be in the creek with shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs). To ensure the safety of all, this program requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (ages 6+)

Register by August 13

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

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! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours prior to program beginning.
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are over 400 species of bees living in Missouri? Most of these bees don’t store honey or live in a hive. We’ll talk about what kinds of homes native bees prefer, discuss some bee benefits, and provide pointers on how to build your own hotel for bees! Place your bee hotel in your garden, and it’ll be buzzing with visitors in no time!
(all ages) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Experience the nature center at night in a short hike on Paw Paw Valley trail. We will use our senses as we discover the amazing ways nocturnal animals survive in the night.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds are tiny travelers. Their fall migration to the south is an amazing journey. Learn how they do it and other interesting hummer information.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location or box filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and give you a set of coordinates to explore (Cape County). (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Note: Participants will need a mobile GPS unit or to download a GPS app to their smart device to participate in geocaching activity. Participants are welcome to tune in from other parts of the state even though they will be unable to follow the coordinates given.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek 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. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 10-15) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek 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. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek 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. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

A flower’s natural colors come from pigments in the petals. Let’s learn how to use them to create art. We will be using a color extractor (hammer) to transfer the color to fabric. We will be going outside to do the pounding on the concrete pavement. You must be able to get up and down on your knees. (ages 12+)

Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required, and everyone will only touch their own creation.

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beat the midday heat by hiking early with one of our knowledgeable naturalists! There is no telling what treasures we will find blooming, crawling, and flying through the forest at the nature center. This leisurely walk will take roughly 1.5 hours and cover about 1.5 miles some of which is hilly.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please meet near the front door of the Nature Center.(all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Mother Nature weaves some spectacular sights for us. Stop by the front lawn of the nature center and try your hand at nature weaving. You will make your own loom from sticks, then take it our on the trail with you. You can hunt for leaves, sticks grass, and flowers to create a unique and colorful masterpiece. (ages 1-10)

Social distancing will be practiced and everyone will only touch their own creation.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Butterflies seem almost magical with their ability to turn from caterpillar to adult. Our puppet friend will help us explore the beauty of their metamorphosis, discover how they are unique, and how they survive. (ages 0-6)
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 28

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 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-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. Due to COVID-19 concerns, social distancing and/or the use of masks will be required. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (all ages)

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main north put-in off of County Rd. 700. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main north put-in off of County Rd. 700. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

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