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Registration period: July 15 - August 16
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 16, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only

This year the nature center is celebrating all the colors of the nature. What comes to mind? The colors of the rainbow of course. Which does not include brown. Brown on a plant usually means dead, especially in August when it is so hot and dry. But we do have some brown flower amongst our native plants. We will be learning about them and how unique they are. We will also take a look at this time of the year and why many plants may appear or be dead.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green bead.
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Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Join us as we show different meals that can be created over an open campfire using a single and double pie iron. This class will definitely inspire your culinary imagination while camping in the great outdoors.
Registration period: July 22 - August 17
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Backpacking may seem daunting at first, however, this program will help get you one step closer to the trail and a night under the stars. We will cover selecting the right gear for your needs and budget, how to find places to visit, and everything else in between. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow adventure bead and you may pick it up in person after the program. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with MDC staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we will explore Sand Prairie Conservation Area in southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff will explore these rare prairies that were formed from river channels that once flowed through the area. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: July 22 - August 19
Date: Friday, August 19, 2022 12:00 pm - Friday, August 19, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Tune in to meet some of the nature center snakes, learn to identify common snakes, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. We’ll also talk about the benefits of having snakes around. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick their bead up at the nature center after the program.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Registration period: August 2 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 4:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Online only

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s "Things with Wings" by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: July 11 - August 22
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

This virtual clinic will include information on the following topics to better prepare hunters for dove season:

-Dove biology

-What to do before the hunt:

*Hunting regulations

*Permits

*Finding a place to hunt

*Gear and firearms

-What to do during the hunt:

*Safety

*Hunting strategy

-What to do after the hunt:

*After a successful hunt

*How to clean a dove

*Cooking and eating

You must register with a valid email, as the virtual link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.

Registration period: August 2 - August 24
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 24, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Fly-tying is a great way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also way to get an added sense of accomplishment knowing that you caught a fish with a lure you made. MDC Conservation Educator, Sam Stewart, will provide tips on materials used as well as techniques, and will also discuss how flies are effective lures for a variety of sportfish species.
Registration period: July 22 - August 24
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 24, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

There is a whole world of delicious wild mushrooms outside of the famed morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Naturalist Alex for an introductory look at some of fall's finest table fare. Learn the basics of foraging for mushrooms, several easy to identify fall treats, and maybe even a recipe or two! If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green mushroom bead and you may pick it up in person after the program. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: June 18 - August 29
Date: Monday, August 29, 2022 3:00 pm - Monday, August 29, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds are among the most unique and amazing birds in the world. Join us online as we explore the traits that make these tiny, feathered creatures so spectacular. Registration required. Registered participants will receive the webinar link by email both one day and one hour before the program. All ages invited.
Registration period: July 22 - August 30
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

To cycle or not to cycle. Were you aware that MDC recently updated the policy regarding bicycles on many conservation areas? We expanded the use of bicycles and e-bikes on service roads and multi-use bike trails; however, there are some things to be aware of. For some conservation areas bicycles are allowed year-round and in others they’re allowed outside of certain hunting seasons. Bridget Jackson, Recreation Use Specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will host a virtual presentation to discuss what this means for those of us who enjoy the Southeast and Ozark region conservation areas and what to look out for.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: July 16 - August 31
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

On a warm summer night, you might hear the deep, bellowing call of the American bullfrog. This large frog makes itself home in a variety of aquatic habitats and is known to have a voracious appetite. Get a close look at this web-footed amphibian as we explore its natural history. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.

Registration period: August 1 - September 8
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Fall is a great time of year to add native plants to your yard. Naturalist Jordi Raos will discuss the benefits of planting in the fall and give some native plant suggestions. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: July 7 - September 7
Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, September 9, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Online only

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us for this VIRTUAL Backpacking Basics program to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack, fun places to explore in Missouri and important planning procedures.

Registration period: August 2 - September 14
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 15, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Learn more about the lifecycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Registration is required with a valid email address which is the only way to get the program link. This is an online WebEx event.
Registration period: July 15 - September 15
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to a variety of feathered friends that can be found in a variety of habitats. We will discover the special features that help different birds thrive in different habitats and learn how we can do our part to help birds around us. This program is designed for ages 7-11 but all are welcome. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.

Registration period: August 2 - September 14
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Learn more about the lifecycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Registration is required with a valid email address which is the only way to get the program link. This is an online WebEx event.
Registration period: August 1 - September 16
Date: Friday, September 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, September 16, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Want to make your yard more beautiful? Want to see more bees, butterflies, and birds? Adding native plants can make your property attractive to both you and the wildlife you want to see! Naturalist Jordi Raos will discuss why native plants work well for wild animals and which plants can contribute the most to your yard. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: July 22 - September 22
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only

The “Mighty Mississippi” makes up the entire eastern border of our state and is one of the most important rivers in the world. It’s been there our whole lives, but how much do we really know about the river? Tune in as we talk all things Mississippi River and take a closer look at some of the animals that call this river home. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 12 and up. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a blue aquatics bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick their bead up at the nature center after the program.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: August 1 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Many people look forward to spring when migratory birds arrive and signify to us that winter is over. However, fall is another great time to notice migration as summer birds leave and winter birds start showing up. Learn more about migration, and places to see migratory birds in this program with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: August 1 - October 18
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 18, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
What are these eight-legged creatures that surprise or scare people? We will learn about spiders together in this virtual children's program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program is designed for children ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.