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Date: Thursday, August 16, 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 August 16

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever have problems with wildlife in your yard? Join us at the nature center to learn how you can manage the nuisance wildlife on your property.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a turtle-tastic time! Shelled, clawed, and scaled, turtles are some of the oldest creatures on earth. Stop by to learn about the species in our state and how these unusual beings survive. We’ll have turtle-themed crafts and activities as well as live turtles to see. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by August 21

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 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.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up under "ride with us' event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up here. If caravanning with your own vehicle, sign up under "drive yourself" event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Register by September 5

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Howls in the night, tracks in the mud . . . could it be a wolf? Missouri has far more coyotes and foxes, but a few wolves have been confirmed in Missouri. Researchers continue to learn more about how large predators can benefit Missouri and how to avoid conflicts with them. Conservation Department Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister is joined by Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, and Brian Chrysler, Director of Education with the world-renowned Endangered Wolf Center, to share fascinating information on the latest wolf research and findings.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 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, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Riverfront Park

Discover what the river has to offer you! Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides take place throughout the day with the last boat leaving at 3:30 pm. This event is located at Riverfront Park depending on river levels. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by September 8

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Riverfront Park

Help us tackle the trash on the riverfront, Cape Rock, and Red Star Access in downtown Cape! Gather your friends, family, or organization to pick up trash in conjunction with our “Day on the River” event at Riverfront Park. Youth and adult groups welcome.
Wear comfortable water shoes or mud boots. Wear clothes that can get stained. Bring a water bottle. Come pick up a bag from the welcome table at “Day on the River” in Riverfront Park.

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+ - 17 need an adult))
Cooler weather is welcome relief in the fall. We are also glad for the many fruits and nuts nature offers in the autumn. We will learn how to identify, prepare, and use native fruits and nuts. We will also learn what wildlife use the same food sources.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Flap your wings on down to the nature center to explore the fluttering world of Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. Discover how butterflies live their life in Missouri and throughout North America. Afterwards, join the naturalists in tagging wild butterflies to collect data on their migration.
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-11)

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 10–15)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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 September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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 September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art.

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