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Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 7-15)
Before the rod and reel came along, cane pole fishing was the way to go. Join us as we go back in time and you can learn how to make your very own cane pole, then try it out at the kid’s pond!

Register by May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (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, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

Register by May 3

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Register by May 10

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

May 10 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
May 11 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins April 15 (ages 18+)
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. To complete registration, mail or bring a check to the Nature Center made out to MCHF (Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation).
Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or other respiratory difficulties.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 11

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by the nature center from 1-3 and check out our discovery table. Learn about some of the migratory birds that pass through Missouri. We’ll have a table of information you can take home and some migratory bird activities! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+)
Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for our last walk of spring at Maintz Willdlife Preserve. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

Register by May 15

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 18+)
In this the year of the fish, let’s make a couple cards to send to the ones in our lives that love fishing. You can customize the cards to say Happy Fathers’ Day, Happy Birthday, or maybe just Thanks for sharing their love of fishing. Everything will be provided.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Hop in the van and join us for a driving tour of fishing spots near Cape Girardeau to learn about new places to fish this season. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, etc.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

ages 7-11
Is it a plant? An animal? Or something else entirely? Come join naturalist and “fun guy” Alex to learn about the mysterious, slimy, and sometimes stinky world of forest mushrooms. Activities will include a mushroom safari hike, lessons about how mushrooms live and grow, and a mushroom craft.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (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.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 7+)
Never paddled a canoe before but always wanted to try? Bring your family and stop by to learn the basic skills necessary to keep afloat while having fun. We will be using our kids’ fishing lake to practice our strokes in a safe environment. This event is come and go as you like. Adult supervision is required for ages 7-17.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 27 (ages 0–2)
The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees. We will hit the trail to explore the many layers of the forest while looking for the wild creatures that live within.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 27 (ages 0–2)
The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees. We will hit the trail to explore the many layers of the forest while looking for the wild creatures that live within.

Register by May 29

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 10–15)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 30

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 6–10)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 30

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 13 (ages 6–10)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are following us from the Nature Center or meeting us there. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are riding with us from the Nature Center. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a couple of hours hiking and testing your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day! Trek our trails and answer nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center between 9-4 to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers and claim your prize. Youth and adult groups welcome.

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