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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 March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

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 Naturalist reads 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.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

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 Naturalist reads 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.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The third block and topic for this month is the Water Lily and it will be VIRTUAL.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.
Classes will be held on a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The third block and topic for this month is the water lily. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until further notice. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. Kits may be picked up at the Nature Center. You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen. When the building reopens the light boards will be available for tracing.

Register by March 19

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Archery, amphibians, doves, and sunflowers are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think about Maintz Wildlife Preserve. This unique conservation area, located just outside of Oak Ridge, MO has a lot to offer year-round. Take a virtual look at this month’s featured conservation area to learn how you can Discover Nature near you.

All ages are welcome, though this program will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Not sure if you can pick that flower? Or maybe roll that log over? Or lift that rock to peek underneath? As we walk we'll explore different ways to hike and experience nature that are safe for us and also safe for the plants and animals. Please dress for the weather; this program is entirely outdoors.

Anyone is welcome to attend this program, it is geared toward families with children who are interested in learning how to explore nature responsibly.

The trail we'll explore is paved and wheel-chair and stroller accessible. It is approximately 1/4 mile one-way with minor elevation changes.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Tweet, tweet! It’s hard work to find the perfect spot and build a nest. But these birds are up for the challenge! Tune in with your little one to learn who’s building their nests this month.

This program is designed for children 3-6 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.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 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. Masks are required.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Maintz Wildlife Preserve

Meet us at Maintz to get a closer look at what makes this area a neat place to visit. While we won’t see all 804 acres, we will visit a few parts of the preserve that offer a diverse array of recreational opportunities; including fishing, birdwatching, archery, and more. Dress for the weather and bring some waterproof boots (recommended) to explore this unique area! Participants will be expected to drive between parking lots to view different parts of the area.

Participants ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Celebrate the spring season by heading out on a scavenger hunt! It will be fun for the whole family as you go out in search of signs of spring. There will be an easy, moderate, and difficult scavenger hunt available. Just drop by, select the scavenger hunt page of your choice, and return completed pages for a small prize.

Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing when picking up and bringing back scavenger hunt pages.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

The weather is starting to get really nice, so there’s no better time to get back outside! What’s better than spending your time outdoors around a lake fishing with your family? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn all the very basics of fishing to get any beginner angler on the water and catching fish. You will learn about some of the gear that will help you, how to use it, and even learn how to identify some of our favorite fish species.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this virtual program, though it will be more appropriate for children and families.

Register by March 23

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Meet a master of disguise, the rough greensnake. These small, slender snakes sneak through the tree tops in search of small insects. Get an up-close look as we discover what makes these snakes unique.

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 March 25

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

After plants and animals die, nature’s clean-up crew kicks into action. Meet some of the decomposer crew members and learn all about how they keep life going for the rest of us. This program is designed for ages 8-12 but younger and older siblings are welcome.

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 March 25

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

After plants and animals die, nature’s clean-up crew kicks into action. Meet some of the decomposer crew members and learn all about how they keep life going for the rest of us. We will explore the forest and conduct a rotten log survey. This program is designed for ages 8-12 but younger and older siblings are welcome. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Register by March 26

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Juden Creek Conservation Area

Do you like the idea of birding but just haven’t had the chance to try it out? Join us for a morning birding excursion at Juden Creek Conservation Area. We will provide binoculars, field guides, and tips to help first-time birders have a successful experience. Please meet us at the Twin Trees City Park/Juden Creek Conservation Area parking lot at 1 E Cape Rock Drive in Cape Girardeau. We will walk a short distance on an easy-moderate trail with some hills. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Face masks and social distancing practices are required.

Register by March 27

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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 and disinfected between participants. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.

Face masks and social distancing practices are required.

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