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Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Autumn leaves have some of the most spectacular colors! It is hard to think they could be any prettier. We are going to add just a little bit of paint to make them even more beautiful. We will learn about why fall leaves are so colorful then pick up a paint brush and add some of our own color to some pressed leaves.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Nature Center! Bring your costume and walk our Trek N’ Treat Trail to meet some of our night time creature characters. These unusual Missouri creatures may seem spooky at first, but once you get to know them you’ll see they are just misunderstood and play an important role in our ecosystem. Nature themed crafts and games and a fall campfire with treats will make for a memorable evening with friends and family. This event is perfect for all ages.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

October 25 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
October 26 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
You must attend both days.
Registration begins October 1 (ages 18+)
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.
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 October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickories and maples just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction, safety gear, and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center at 11 AM for transportation to the lake. Those who wish to use their own canoes/kayaks may do so but must transport the boat to the lake by their own means,and should register through the “Drive Yourself” option.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickory, ash and maple trees just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction will be provided. This option is for those who wish to use their own equipment. In order to participate paddlers must have a suitable PFD. Please arrive at the main boat launch on the west side of the lake off CR 383 by 11:30AM.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
See if you can fool a fish by wearing a costume while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kids' Pond. Dress up as a fish or maybe a fish predator, fish prey, or other nocturnal animal (but please no scary or gruesome costumes). All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Late autumn is a great time to see the splendor of the Mississippi River bluffs. There could be some color left on the trees. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and snack if you wish.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Hawn State Park

Late autumn is a great time to see the splendor of the Mississippi River bluffs. There could be some color left on the trees. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and snack if you wish.

Register by November 6

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals

Register by November 7

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals.

Register by November 7

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals.

Register by November 9

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Tywappity Community Lake

As the colors of fall begin to fade, come hike the Tywappity Lake trail to discover how Missouri’s critters prepare themselves for the cold months to come. The hike, which is roughly 1.5 miles, will allow for beautiful views of this scenic lake. Participants are asked to bring water, appropriate clothing for the weather, shoes for hiking, and a backpack with sack lunch. Meet at the nature center, transportation will be provided.

Register by November 9

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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.

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!

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.

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