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Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bluebirds bring joy to nearly everyone who sees or hears them. Learn the bluebird basics in this program as we talk about housing, monitoring, and feeding these beautiful birds. Afterwards, we will make suet cakes.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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 March 7

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Unfortunately, the first two R’s are often overlooked. For this project, we’ll focus on one way to reuse called upcycling. We’ll be making photo frames out of old cardboard, magazines, cereal boxes, and other recycled goods. Materials will be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners are partnering for the thirteenth year to bring you our Native Plant Seminar and Sale. Suppliers will be on hand offering native plants and other things for sale between 8 am - 3 pm. If you would like to attend our free seminars, registration is required. Call or come by the Nature Center for a registration form. Registration begins February 1st. Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s seminar. She will discuss how to nurture wildlife habitat and humane gardening philosophies. Other sessions at the seminar will include wild edibles, how to deal with invasive plants, native plant propagation, and how to raise butterflies. Registration required by March 1st.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In honor of March Mammal Madness, we’ll be learning about some of Missouri’s most unique mammals! There are a lot of mammals that call Missouri home. Can you think of any? Come learn about mammals that fly, mammals with thumbs, and Missouri’s only marsupial.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Try your hand at the ancient art of origami. We will continue our celebration of the “Year of Fish” by folding an origami fish and fishbowl. All supplies will be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm 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. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. 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 March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. 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 March 30

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. Please bring or send a check to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to MCHF. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, is an invasive small metallic green beetle that is responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in North America, including Missouri. Join Community Forester Jennifer Behnken to learn more about this insect, how to look out for it, what it means for your ash trees, and what you can do about it.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 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.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Peeep, peep, peep, peep. Is it a bird? No! It’s a tiny frog called the spring peeper! Discover the many types of frogs at our big frog event! Take a froggy stroll to the pond, make a froggy craft, see live frogs up close, or play a froggy game. Frog Chorus presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. There’s a hopping good time for everyone! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Please register to give blood through the American Red Cross to shorten your wait time.

Register by April 18

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

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