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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 6-10)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 29

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us for this informative Virtual program to learn the basics of hunting whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. (ages 10+)
Registration ends 10/29 at 5pm.

Register by November 2

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

The chilling of the air and changing of the leaves are the best signs of fall, but what causes the rainbow of autumn colors that brighten the season. Join us for an in depth look at the science behind fall colors. We will learn what conditions make for particularly spectacular displays and what animals rely on the leaves once they fall. (all ages)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Trail of Tears State Park

This week at the Nature Center, we’re celebrating the colors of fall. What better way to see the changing trees than to hike through the forest. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors as we hike along the mighty Mississippi on the east loop of the Peewah trail at Trail of Tears State Park. This trail is 3.1 miles long and rated as intermediate. Ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome. Due to COVID-19 concerns, social distancing and/or the use of masks will be required. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Crisp fall air and colorful leaves tell us it is time to harvest nuts. Missouri's trees provide us with some healthy and tasty treats. We will explore the varieties we have and how to use them. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 4

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecone crafts are for kids. Right? NO! They shouldn't get all the fun. We will learn all about pinecones and the trees that produce them. Afterwards, we are painting and creating flowers out of the pinecones. You can use these in a wide variety of home décor projects or they make a great holiday gift. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In negative painting, you do not paint the subject itself. You will paint the negative, which are the shapes around, between, and behind the leaves, stems, and branches. You will be adding one layer of leaves and branches behind another layer. Each new layer will show darker and take you further into the background. No experience with watercolor painting required. We will learn about the function of plant leaves and the names of leaf shapes. All supplies are provided. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 6

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn how to geocache and enjoy the splendor of fall all at once! This outdoor program will teach you the basics of geocaching and then send you on your own quest to discover more about the changes that come with the fall season. We will provide GPS units. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 9. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Join us on Lake Girardeau for one last paddling session before the cold weather sets in. While some leaves have already hit the forest floor, the yellow hickories and burgundy oak leaves should still provide us with plenty of color to enjoy. The water is one of the best ways to view leaves as the reflections double the experience! This program is perfect for all skill levels. Kayak, paddle, and lifejackets will be provided. Persons under 16 years of age must have accompanying adult with them. Please meet at the main boat launch on the southwest corner of the lake off County Road 383. Be sure to bring water to drink and dress in plenty of layers for the weather. (ages 12+)
Masks and social distancing are required during instruction, but not when on the water.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Join us on Lake Girardeau for one last paddling session before the cold weather sets in. While some leaves have already hit the forest floor, the yellow hickories and burgundy oak leaves should still provide us with plenty of color to enjoy. The water is one of the best ways to view leaves as the reflections double the experience! This program is perfect for all skill levels. Kayak, paddle, and lifejackets will be provided. Persons under 16 years of age must have accompanying adult with them. Please meet at the main boat launch on the southwest corner of the lake off County Road 383. Be sure to bring water to drink and dress in plenty of layers for the weather. (ages 12+)
Masks and social distancing are required during instruction, but not when on the water.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Bees play an essential role in pollinating many flowering plants in the natural and agricultural system. In fact, nearly three quarters of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce. Honey bees, bumblebees and carpenter bees play important roles in pollination however, many other overlooked native bees play specific roles in pollination as well. Join in and learn about these other very interesting pollinators and how to attract and conserve them.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones aplenty! Nature provides many beautiful resources in the fall. Join us to learn about the importance of these resources and make your own wreath using pinecones, nuts, hedge apples, and buckeyes!

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 12, 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! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Holiday gift giving generates a lot of trash which ends up in our landfills. There are many ways you can make your gift special and earth friendly. We are going to create reusable and natural decorations that will look wonderful under your tree. (ages 12-adult)

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Our relationship with plants is really varied. Some plants we hate, like Poison Ivy. Other plants we love, like Black-eyed Susan. Some plants have obvious uses like oak trees. Other plants have uses you may have never heard of like milkweed sandals. Plants are used in so many ways, and we are going to explore some of those uses.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 18

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Oh deer, what a treat it is to see a wonderful whitetail! Deer can be tricky to spot in the woods or when they’re feeding in the fields. We’ll talk about these skilled animals while we make a darling deer craft to take home. (ages 3-6)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. Participants are limited to one adult per registered child, additional adults and unregistered siblings will be able to explore the exhibit area.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (ages 9- adult)

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Celebrate the falling leaves by taking part in a leaf scavenger hunt. Participants can pick up their leaf booklet and then head outside to discover the many types of leaves on the forest floor. (all ages)

Please remember to wear a mask if you are indoors and practice social distancing.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how the earliest Americans were able to take large game? Come to the nature center to try your hand at the earliest weapon system, the atlatl. This tool predates the bow and arrow by thousands of years but can be just as effective with a little practice. Join staff in front of our building for open time on our atlatl range and see if you have what it takes to hunt a mastodon for dinner. All equipment provided. Social distancing and masks are required. (ages 10+)

Register by November 24

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Experienced anglers know that some of the largest lunkers of the year are pulled from the water during winter. Come join us for this virtual program and learn where to fish and what lures to use when the thermometer bottoms out. Whether you fish for smallmouth, largemouth or spotted bass, this program is sure to give you the edge this winter and may even help you get that photo of a lifetime to brag about.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

In December, the wind is cold and the trees are bare… well, most of the trees. Some trees keep their leaves all through the cold, winter months. Missouri is home to many tree species, but few evergreens are native. Tune in to learn which ones are.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

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