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Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 26

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 30

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects can fly and hover on amazing wings. After discovering how these wings help with flight and identification of species, we will create a piece of jewelry by imbedding a wing in resin. Due to curing time you will have to return to pick up your piece later and finish it at home with instructions.

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy exploring the outdoors. You can do it in your own neighborhood! Come on down to Indian Park in downtown Cape Girardeau to try your hand at some fun outdoor activities you can do at home. Learn how to put up a tent in a tent race so you can camp in your own backyard. Meet and learn about some wild animals that live near you. Practice your casting and catch “fish” in our casting game, so you can fish the Mighty Mississippi later. Make a birdfeeder with us to attract birds to your house or apartment so you can watch their antics. There’s so much you can do, right near you!

Date: Thursday, July 5, 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.

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Flatwoods Archery Range

This student is open to youth (11 years of age+) and novice archers. We will meet at the Flatwoods Conservation Area Archery Range. Spend the morning shooting on a field archery trail shooting targets very similar to actual bowhunting. There must be at least 6 students registered by 7/6/2018 to have the class. If the class is cancelled, students will be notified.

Register by July 10

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, July 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins June 15 (ages 12-15). Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by our lobby between 1-3 pm today to visit with Bollinger County photography Darlene Revell. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. Besides that they are so pretty and useful. Several different techniques can be used to preserve flowers and foliage for later use. We will practice a few and then everyone will make their own flower press to take home.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we head on out to Amidon Memorial Conservation Area. We’ll hike the short Cedar Glade Trail and then head on over to a swimming spot to snorkel and examine the animals that live in the river. Afterwards, we’ll dry off as we scoop insects near a grassland. Children ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome.

Notes:
- Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and bring:
an appropriate swimsuit, a towel, shoes to hike in, shoes to swim in (no bare feet in the water), lunch, and water.
- Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what environmental scientists do every day? Then stop in at the nature center to explore our displays, booths, and demonstrations to learn more about these amazing projects in your area. We will also have games, crafts, and a photo booth set up for you to take your picture with Smokey Bear. If you would like to try your hand at being a biologist, help us with our Bio Blitz by collecting sightings of plants and wildlife around the nature center grounds.

Register by July 28

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They come in all sizes and colors, but these cool critters often go unnoticed. Come meet some live crawdads as we explore what makes crayfish cool. Registration begins July 3. Ages 0-2

Register by July 28

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They come in all sizes and colors, but these cool critters often go unnoticed. Come meet some live crawdads as we explore what makes crayfish cool. Registration begins July 3. Ages 0-2

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what lies beneath the water’s surface? Join us as we dive on in to learn more about our aquatic habitats and animals that call them home.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Meet one of Missouri’s most endangered groups of animals; the mussels. Learn about their biology and then head out to discover them in their natural habitat. Please wear old tennis shoes and clothing that can get wet. No crocs or sandals please.

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