Events

Enter part of the location name (e.g., "Runge Conservation Nature Center")

Register by January 5

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Catfish are fun to catch on the pole and mighty fine to cook over a fire. This afternoon we will test out several different ways to cook and enjoy catfish at the campsite after a day of fishing. Program is free. FISH

Date: Thursday, January 10, 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 January 12

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever used leaves to create art? If you’re a beginner or a pro, come join us to create beautiful mosaics using pressed leaves. We’ll provide the leaves and the tools- you only need to bring yourself. Program is free.

Register by January 12

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 12

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 15

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 15

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 16

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. You will also get a chance to identify some mammals using their skulls. Program is free

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 18

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Like to hunt or fish but don’t know how to use the bounty? Join us as we demonstrate how to clean and fillet a fish, talk about safe processing, and let you try your hand at cooking with venison. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to sample a variety of dishes made by staff and volunteers. A cookbook of favorite recipes will be available to take home. Ages 10-17 welcome with a registered accompanying adult. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what kind of critters live in caves? How do they live in the dark and what do they eat? Come join us on an expedition to learn about the amazing world below us and the cool creatures that live in it. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 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. After all, you don’t know a tree until you see it leafless. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are not only beautiful but have many purposes. Many have healing qualities that can be used for gardening and outdoor woes. This hands-on class will include information about plants that can help with bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, and other complaints. Program is free.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Get the family out of the house and stop by to have a fantastic time with fish. We’ll celebrate the start of our Year of the Fish with games, programs, crafts, snacks, drawings, and lots of fish fun. Programs will occur at 1:30 and 2:30, seating is first come, first served. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Winter is a great time to visit Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area for viewing bald eagles. Spotting scopes and guides will be provided to view eagles in the wild. Indoor programs will include live eagles plus exhibits, activities, and videos. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover one of the forest’s sweetest gifts. Maple sugaring is rich in history and still practiced today. Learn the history, equipment, and process of making maple syrup. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 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. Program is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbows are just around the corner at Rotary Lake in Jackson City Park! Learn some tricks and techniques to catching the beautiful rainbow trout. Everyone must have a valid Missouri fishing permit. Anyone interested in keeping trout must also have a trout permit. We’ll meet here and then caravan to the lake. Program is free. FISH

Pages

Stay in Touch with MDC

Stay in Touch with MDC news, newsletters, events, and manage your subscription

Sign up

Our Magazines

Conservationist Magazine

Our monthly publication about conservation in Missouri--free to all residents.

fall color on the trees

Xplor Magazine for kids

Xplor helps kids find adventure in their own backyard. Free to residents of Missouri.

spider on a leaf