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Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Thursday, October 3 6:30-9:30 PM,
Friday, October 4 8 AM-5 PM and
Saturday, October 5 8 AM-4 PM (this is a 3 day program)
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110. Checks should be made to MCHF and mailed or brought to the Nature Center before the class to complete your registration. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided. If you have questions call 573-290-5218.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands, CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Seventy-Six Conservation Area

Join Dr. Allen Gathman as he leads a morning hike, looking and listening for birds. Whether you are new to birding or experienced, this will be enjoyable hike. You will need to bring your own binoculars and water bottle. Good hiking boots are recommended. After registration, directions to the location will be emailed to you. The hike will be near Patton. If you want to bring your lunch and enjoy it there, you are welcome.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 7-15)
Come on out to the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond and get the chance to learn the basics of catfishing. Participants will learn all about catfish, which includes their basic biology, their habitat, and what kind of bait to use when fishing for them.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Seventy-Six Conservation Area

The river bluffs will be awash with fall color for this hike. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch. Wear good hiking shoes/boots and bring bug spray. This is a more difficult hike with some hills to climb. If the weather prohibits hiking, it will be rescheduled for October 12. Meet at the trailhead at 10 AM.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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. For ages 9 and up, but adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 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.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 12

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us on the nature center lawn to create beautiful works of art using sticks, rocks, flowers, leaves, and other found pieces of nature. We can create our own masterpieces or work together to make one really big, totally spectacular work of genius.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come howl at the moon as we celebrate all things lunar. A night hike through the forest will reveal how Missouri’s nocturnal creatures prepare themselves for the cooler months ahead. We will end the night with a campfire and treats.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Autumn leaves have some of the most spectacular colors! It is hard to think they could be any prettier. We are going to add just a little bit of paint to make them even more beautiful. We will learn about why fall leaves are so colorful then pick up a paint brush and add some of our own color to some pressed leaves.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come on out for a cornucopia of fun at the Fall Festival. We’ll celebrate the bounty that Missouri has to offer in the fall both through human and wild animal eyes. Taste a few fall treats, enjoy a campfire, try out crafts and games, or join us for a hike. There’s so much to do at our festival!

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

October 25 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
October 26 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
You must attend both days.
Registration begins October 1 (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.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickories and maples just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction, safety gear, and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center at 11 AM for transportation to the lake. Those who wish to use their own canoes/kayaks may do so but must transport the boat to the lake by their own means,and should register through the “Drive Yourself” option.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickory, ash and maple trees just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction will be provided. This option is for those who wish to use their own equipment. In order to participate paddlers must have a suitable PFD. Please arrive at the main boat launch on the west side of the lake off CR 383 by 11:30AM.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
Get the chance to wear your Halloween costume one extra day while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond. Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, or other characters, but please no scary/gruesome costumes.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

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