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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.

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Missouri’s squirrels seemed to be everywhere just months ago, but where are they now? Whether they are hiding from predators, planting trees, digging holes, or dodging cars, squirrels are always on the go. Discover the life of these adaptable and industrious mammals.

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 - 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 14

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Hibernation Sensation
Jan 16 • Wednesday • 10am to 1130am
(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin January 2nd.
Some animals migrate to warmer climates during the winter months, while others pack on extra fat to withstand winter’s harsh climates. However, some animals enter true hibernation to keep themselves safe from the winter environment. Come and learn what animals in Missouri are true hibernators and what the animals do to prepare for such a lengthy nap!

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 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

January 19 • Saturday • 6:30–7:45 a.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin Dec.26.
Before Saturday’s Eagle Days event at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, please join us at Columbia Bottom to take in the awesome spectacle of Sunrise over the Mississippi River. This is a great photo opportunity and we’ll be on the lookout for eagles over the water! Bring camera and/or binoculars. Meet at the Columbia Bottom entrance.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Jan 1
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to DSLR’s, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding our subject all while capturing the beauty around us.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Self-guided Eagle Viewing at Columbia Bottom
Jan 19 • Saturday • 7 AM - 5 PM
No reservations required.
Drive just north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, escape the crowds of Eagle Days, and venture to over 4000 acres at Columbia Bottom to scout for eagles. The boat ramp, confluence platform and all along the river’s edge are excellent spots to see these magnificent hunters. Signs will be posted at Columbia Bottom to direct you on the area and for you to explore on your own.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Want to take a more active approach to conservation? Join us and learn how to make a nesting box for the state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. We will explain how to cut these out of a single board and help you with the assembly of your own blue bird nesting box.

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.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(All Ages)
Reservations begin Jan 1
What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.

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 - 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 - 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.

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