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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 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 - 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 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.

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 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 January 4

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Winter birds and waterfowl are abundant at Mingo. We are going down to see how many we can spot in one day. We will be in and out of the van at several spots. Please dress according to the weather and wear good shoes. Bring a refillable water bottle and snack if you wish.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In this program, we’ll become bear aware by learning about bear ecology and how our actions can prevent bears for becoming a nuisance. We’ll conclude by doing a paint pour on a wooden bear cutout. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art that you’ve created. Children under 16 must have an adult present. No painting experience required. Paint pouring can be messy. Wearing old clothes is recommended.

Register by January 10

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Dutch oven baking with coals is a fun way to connect with the past. Come join us as we take on homemade Dutch oven bread. We will make several styles of bread and learn the tricks of the trade to make wonderful homemade loaves. Part of the program will be outdoors, so please bring weather appropriate clothing.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

From the chuck wagon to the campfire, come learn fun ways to prepare great meals outside. Get hands-on with Dutch ovens, foil packets, and other ways to cook without a microwave. All participants will get to sample their work! Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for weather.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly on in to discover the lives of our seven Missouri woodpeckers. Find out why they make all that racket and how they keep our trees healthy.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species native to Missouri. Test your skills and learn forestry tidbits in this fun, interactive hike. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Youth and adult groups welcome, though this walk is limited to 25 participants.

Register by January 14

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly on in to discover the lives of our seven Missouri woodpeckers. Find out why they make all that racket and how they keep our trees healthy.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Gather around the warm campfire on a cold winter night. Stories of the forest and wild things will be told. Hot chocolate and s’mores will help keep the winter chill away.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Millstream Gardens Conservation Area Archery Range

Millstream is beautiful area in the Arcadia Valley. We will hike both trails located there. Our shorter hike will take us to the shut-ins on the St. Francis River. The view is amazing. The longer trail loops through the woods. This hike is spectacular any time of the year. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have a hard time telling a junco from a nuthatch? Join us to learn the basics of winter birding, including how to recognize birds by their calls. The first part of the program will be indoors to learn how to identify some of our common winter birds. Then, we will grab our binoculars and hit the trail. The hike will be about 1 mile on moderate terrain. Please dress for the weather and bring shoes suitable for uneven terrain.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

Location: Millstream Gardens Conservation Area Archery Range

Millstream is beautiful area in the Arcadia Valley. We will hike both trails located there. Our shorter hike will take us to the shut-ins on the St. Francis River. The view is amazing. The longer trail loops through the woods. This hike is spectacular any time of the year. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Christian Voigt, “The German Chef,” will teach us how to field dress and process a rabbit for the freezer or dinner table. Then, Chef Christian will share his grandma’s recipe for rabbit stew. He will also be preparing some traditional side dishes.

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Could you solve the mystery of which animals were here by discovering the clues left behind? Activities include animal CSI, animal track identification, and hiking to search for wild clues.

Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Could you solve the mystery of which animals were here by discovering the clues left behind? Activities include animal CSI, animal track identification, and hiking to search for wild clues.

Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Could you solve the mystery of which animals were here by discovering the clues left behind? Activities include animal CSI, animal track identification, and hiking to search for wild clues.

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