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Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blossoming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 28

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come join us as we discover nature with cane pole fishing! Fun and cost efficient do-it-yourself projects for fishing will be discussed. Participants will make cane poles step-by-step with the instructor and will be given the opportunity to fish with them immediately after production of poles. Youth will also be able to take home their new self-made cane pole!
Parent or guardian must attend. All equipment provided.

Register by April 28

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rock your nature center with Emmy® Award winning singer and songwriter, WildHeart! Get ready for toe-tapping, wild-wiggling tunes chock full of fun facts on wild critters. Plan to rock with reptiles and roll with the fun as we sing and learn together about animals and their habitats. Critters Rock! Held inside if there is inclement weather. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They are tiny and mighty. Without them our world would not be the same. Delve into the lives of ants through imaginary play and wild exploration. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins April 17.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ages 18+ Registration begins April 17.
Whether you need to brush up on your canoeing skills or learn from scratch, you can join us for a lesson and a paddle at Lake Girardeau. We’ll start with an instructional session before launching our boats and exploring part of the lake. Meet us at the boat ramp off of country road 383. For a map and directions, see the conservation area information page https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/lake-girardeau-ca.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They are tiny and mighty. Without them our world would not be the same. Delve into the lives of ants through imaginary play and wild exploration. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins April 17.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 8+)

Whether you need to brush up on your canoeing skills or learn from scratch, your family can join us for a lesson and a paddle at Lake Girardeau. We’ll start with an instructional session before launching our boats and exploring part of the lake. Meet us at the boat ramp off of country road 383. For a map and directions, see the conservation area information page https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/lake-girardeau-ca.

Register by May 9

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by May 9

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 5+)
Come celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We'll stroll the garden to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft! Adult supervision required for ages 5-17.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in your yard? You'd be surprised at who might be out there. We'll spend the class exploring the side yard of the nature center. Come dressed to check out who our neighbors might be. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Register by May 19

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in your yard? You'd be surprised at who might be out there. We'll spend the class exploring the side yard of the nature center. Come dressed to check out who our neighbors might be. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Register by May 19

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 7-11)
Missouri is home to many different species of wildlife; however, there are some wildlife species in Missouri that classified as endangered or rare. Let’s take a closer look to learn about Missouri's disappearing species.

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to many different species of plants; however, there are some plant species in Missouri that are classified as endangered or rare. Join the naturalists in learning about some of Missouri's beautiful hidden gems and their place in Missouri's natural landscapes.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 18+)
Native bees are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops and flowers. They, like honey bees, have declining populations. Join us in making a beehouse that is both functional and beautiful that you can place on your property.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Handmade nature-themed cards are always a welcome gift and they deserve a beautiful folder in which to present them. We will be making a generic folder which can be modified to fit your taste and occasion. If time permits, we can make some cards to get you started.

Register by May 31

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 10–15)
Fish are very interesting animals. From the way they move to how they sense the world around them. We will investigate the biology of Missouri fishes and try to catch some at the pond.

Register by June 1

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 6–10)
Fish are very interesting animals. From the way they move to how they sense the world around them. We will study some of the common fish of Missouri and try to catch some at the pond.

Register by June 1

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 6–10)
Fish are very interesting animals. From the way they move to how they sense the world around them. We will study some of the common fish of Missouri and try to catch some at the pond.

Register by June 1

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 14+)
Must attend both days.
Friday evening at the nature center property owner, Paul Breitenstein, will discuss the process he has undertaken over the years to turn his landscape from old pastures to a diverse habitat teeming with wildlife. Saturday, everyone will go on a hike at Paul’s to see how these best practices have improved the property while identifying a wide variety of plants, along the way.
Directions will be emailed to those who register.

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