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Register by November 12

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What has four hooves, brown fur, and a white tail? Oh, dear, sounds like a DEER! Come learn about Missouri’s whitetail deer.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 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 November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Recycling is an important part of keeping Missouri habitats clean, but recycling isn’t always placing items in the blue bin. We’ll be transforming old magazines into beautiful nature-themed pieces of art. Bring a nature-themed photo or idea for your muse. Then, piece together different colors and prints from magazines and newspapers to create your masterpiece! All materials will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own magazines as well.

Register by November 23

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do we need to take care of wild animals like we do our pets? They need similar things, so what’s different? Engage your little one in stories and activities as we compare the lives of wild and tame animals.

Register by November 23

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do we need to take care of wild animals like we do our pets? They need similar things, so what’s different? Engage your little one in stories and activities as we compare the lives of wild and tame animals.

Register by November 28

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Cooking outside in cast iron is part of our heritage for many reasons. It is durable, lasting a couple of generations. It is portable and easy to care for. We will be learning about this wonderful way for your family to cook over the campfire. There will be tasting!

Register by November 28

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Cooking outside in cast iron is part of our heritage for many reasons. It is durable, lasting a couple of generations. It is portable and easy to care for. We will be learning about this wonderful way for your family to cook over the campfire. There will be tasting!

Date: Thursday, December 5, 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 December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you want to ride with us from the Nature Center to the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you will meet us at the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds and many song birds are enjoying the tropical temperatures of Central America, but the hardy woodpeckers are at their most visible during our winter months! Come join us for a hands-on lesson about our native drummers and the opportunity to build a woodpecker feeder to attract these fancy fliers to your own backyard. All instruction, supplies, and equipment will be provided for this beginner’s woodworking project.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how the earliest Americans were able to take large game? Come to the nature center to try your hand at the earliest weapon system, the atlatl. Join staff in front of our building for open time on our atlatl range and see if you have what it takes to hunt a mastodon for dinner. All equipment provided. Ages 10+

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You’re never too young to learn how recycling can help wildlife and their habitats! We will learn what we can do to prevent litter and make a recycled craft to take home.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hop on over to the nature center auditorium for an up-close look at the awesome amphibians that live in our region! Come see live frogs, toads, and salamanders and learn how their unusual life cycles and beautiful songs make them some of the most unique members of southeast Missouri’s wildlife. Perfect for all ages.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday, family fun. Celebrate the beauty of the outdoors by making some nature-inspired crafts using natural items. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the serenity of a winter night as you stroll along our trail. We’ll light the path for you and provide hot, winter beverages for your enjoyment. After your walk, stop inside the nature center to warm up and view our exhibits. Our trail is paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter bass fishing can be a great time to catch monster bass if you have the skills and tackle which encourage sluggish fish to bite. This program is geared to new anglers or those who wish to learn finesse fishing skills such as drop shot, Ned rig, neko rig, shaky head and other techniques which may get the bass biting when fishing gets tough. While we will not be fishing, participants will be hands on with tackle and learn when each style of rigging is most effective on different parts of the lake. Participants will go home with several lures to test on their favorite winter water.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Owl is on the prowl in the dark, swooping down on silent wings. Using our senses and through interactive play we will discover why owls are such good hunters at night.

Register by December 20

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you enjoy fishing for trout and would love to know how to clean and cook it? MDC staff will demonstrate how to clean trout and discuss different ways to prepare your trout. You will get the opportunity to prepare your own trout over an open fire. Hot chocolate will be available to participants as we sit around the fire.
Please dress accordingly for the weather as a portion of the program will be done outside.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Owl is on the prowl in the dark, swooping down on silent wings. Using our senses and through interactive play we will discover why owls are such good hunters at night.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What can you do with the holiday tree, other than toss it to the curb? Lots of things! We will be using pine needles for cooking, crafting, and other fun activities.

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