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Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Friday, August 9 6-7:30 PM and
Saturday, August 10 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Registration begins July 1 (ages 16+) Event is free.
Enjoy a float from Trail of Tears State Park to Red Star Access on North America’s largest river—the mighty Mississippi! Eat lunch on a sandbar and explore the river with expert guides. This is for experienced paddlers only and participants must attend the Friday night session about navigation, river flows, hazards, and other important information to participate in the float. Navigating the river requires skill and strength-please consider your personal fitness before signing up. No first timers on this trip! Registration will be by phone, please call 573-290-5218. Participants need to attend the Friday pre-float meeting at the nature center.
Participants will meet at Red Star Access at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning for transportation to Trail of Tears State Park. Individuals that are bringing their own boats can drop off their boats at Trail of Tears from 6:45-7:10 am, they can then drive to Red Star Access to leave their vehicle and catch the shuttle.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDS/Life Jackets) are required.
Please bring your lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, water shoes (no flip-flops), shorts, etc.
Float consists of 13 river miles and is dependent on weather and river stages. The river flows at 5 mph on average.
A support boat will be present at all times and will be used to carry water coolers. Personal gear should be light enough to be carried in their boat.

Experienced = i.e. participants who have more than one year of experience paddling rivers like the Current, Missouri, or Black, OR participants who have participated in a large river float before on rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri.

Register by August 15

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will learn how to use driftwood to create a beautiful piece of art.
Materials will be provided but feel free to bring small pieces of driftwood.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. If you wish to ride with us and use our equipment, that option is available, sign up for the ride with us option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. If you wish to drive yourself or bring your own canoe or kayak, that option is available, sign up for the drive yourself option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free.

Register by August 16

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deer browse through the leaves, muskrats munch on reeds, and our lawnmowers chop our lawns, but plants have a surprising number of ways to fight back. Learn how plants protect themselves from predators with thorns and chemical weapons. Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects are an incredibly diverse and beautiful class of animals. Learn how to identify the more common orders of insects as we practice proper collection and curation of our very own specimens to take home. Program is free.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17. Program is free.

Register by August 28

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The alligator gar is called the “king” of fish. He is a wonder to behold. Not only does he have impressive teeth but scales that are like chain mail. Historically, the scales have been used for arrow heads, tools, and jewelry. We will learn some amazing facts about this “monster” and use their scales in a couple of projects. Program is free.

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