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Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop on by to learn about the importance of milkweed species in Missouri. Milkweed is a host for a multitude of wildlife, most notably Monarch butterflies. Let’s dive into the bug-eat-plant kind of world that milkweed is a part of.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Lori O’Dell began photographing nature around ten years ago as a hobby. A seminar by a National Geographic photographer lit a fire in her to get more into photography. Photographing the Missouri Ozarks is one of her obsessions. Besides working for MDC, Lori volunteers for the National Park Service at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Van Buren) in the interpretation division.

Register by March 2

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

March 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and March 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins February 15 and ends February 27. Cost for materials is $15. (registration is not complete until a check is received at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation) (ages 8+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn how to read and use both a map and compass in the class. After we learn the basics, we’ll step outside to put our new knowledge to use. Ages 12 and up with an adult mentor.

Date: Thursday, March 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.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online Registration is not available, please call 573-290-5218 to get form emailed to you. Workshops will include information on naturescaping best practices, propagating native plants, creating a wildlife habitat, and the importance of pollinators. Gardeners and property owners alike will learn how to create a better habitat for wildlife.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we hike the rugged trail at Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area. Enjoy the views along the Mississippi River bluffs and the surrounding forest as we explore the area. Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
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 March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we hike the rugged trail at Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area. Enjoy the views along the Mississippi River bluffs and the surrounding forest as we explore the area. Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
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 March 15

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 12+)
Have you ever wondered how exotic or invasive plants can affect Missouri’s natural habitats or even your own backyard? Invasive non-native plants consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. This program will help you identify some of the 25 most common invasive plants in Missouri.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 7-11)
Everything tastes better when it's cooked outside. Have you ever heard or said this phrase before? Try your hand at cooking on a fire using tin foil and all the fixings; one of the best ways to fix lunch or dinner and have very little clean up.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 12+)
Everything tastes better when it's cooked outside. Have you ever heard or said this phrase before? Try your hand at cooking on a fire using tin foil and all the fixings; one of the best ways to fix lunch or dinner and have very little clean up.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 21

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Workshop will cover pond construction, fish management, aquatic plant management and pond wildlife.
You can also register by phone at 573-796-0286 ext. 4284

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 28

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. Practice your identification skills while we hit the trail. We will also be making a plant press.
Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

Register by April 5

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 14+)
Native flowers have their own unique beauty. From the first spring bluets until the fall asters we can enjoy their color and form. Let's recreate some of their special splendor out of paper. They may not be accurate enough to fool the bees or smell as good as the real things, but they will last in the vase a lot longer!

Register by April 5

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Barn owls are a beautiful and beneficial bird that is a species of conservation concern in Missouri. One factor influencing their declining numbers is lack of adequate nesting habitat. Join us in making nesting boxes that you can hang on your property.

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