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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:00 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians.
Registration period: December 16 - February 10
Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 1:00 pm - Friday, February 10, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Bears are waking from their winter slumber. Become bear aware and learn more about Missouri’s black bears and how our actions can prevent bears from becoming a nuisance. After our presentation, each person will be able to make their own bear shaped paint pour to take home. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: December 16 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Who’s shiny and black with yellow spots? Spotted salamanders! Crawl on in to learn all about spotted salamanders and why they are on the move this time of year. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? Attend a naturalist presentation to find out about animal sweethearts and how hard it can be to find a mate and raise a family in the wild. We will also have supplies available in the lobby to make your own “wild” themed valentines to take home.
Registration period: December 16 - February 14
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
It is hard to mingle if you’re rooted in the ground! Join us on Valentine’s Day to learn the amazing ways plants overcome this by enlisting help from insects, wind, and water to produce future generations. This program contains biological discussions of reproductive processes and is most appropriate for older students and adults. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: December 16 - February 15
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Nature is a great inspiration for art! We will take sticks collected from the forest floor and turn them into beautiful pieces of textile art. Learn the entire process of branch weaving, from choosing a good branch, to weaving in your colorful yarn. All supplies will be provided.
Registration period: December 16 - February 15
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 1:00 pm - Wednesday, February 15, 2023 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
The art of taking natural materials and weaving them into baskets dates back thousands of years. Learn about native Missouri plants that can be used for basketry and weave your own basket to take home. All supplies provided. Only enrolled students will be allowed to make a basket.
Registration period: December 20 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a series of 12 program that meets once each month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful, embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most iconic trees of southeast Missouri such as the bald cypress and white oak; as well as lesser-known trees like the cucumber magnolia, Ozark chestnut, and oaks and ashes native to our part of the state. Each block will feature a leaf with either its fruit or flower. At each class you will discover a new tree’s secret life history, habitat preferences, importance to wildlife and myriad uses by people through the ages.

By signing up you are committing to attend all 12 monthly sessions, with the opportunity to complete all 16 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You will need to supply your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have patterns, thread, light boards, and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 9:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Come join the boardgame club for nature lovers! This monthly program will begin with a short program highlighting a different nature-themed board game, and how it relates to Missouri’s mission to have world class fish, forests, and wildlife. After the intro…let the games begin! There will be games available for all experience levels, though on average these games have a higher complexity level than family board game players may be used to, and these games are most appropriate for ages 12 and up. You are welcome to bring any snacks and non-alcoholic beverages you wish, as well as nature-themed board games to share from your collection.
Registration period: December 16 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and doing nice things for those we love. Did you know that many animals are celebrating too? Come learn about some of the silly things some animals do to find a valentine.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: December 16 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, February 18, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each family will get to build and take home a bluebird house. Please register ONE member of your group. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: December 16 - February 21
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 21, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and doing nice things for those we love. Did you know that many animals are celebrating too? Come learn about some of the silly things some animals do to find a valentine.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: December 16 - February 23
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, February 23, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. This class is best suited for those 12 years of age and older, but open to all ages.

Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: December 16 - February 24
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, February 24, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
So, you’ve had a successful hunt and now you’re looking for new and creative recipes to enjoy your harvest? This is the program for you. Join us as we look to the exciting flavors of Asia for two fresh takes on wild game cooking. This hands-on program will feature a duck dish inspired by Thai yum woon sen noodle salad and a Taiwanese braised quail inspired by the sticky-sweet pork dish Lu-Rou-Fan. Allergy warning: this program will include peanuts, soy, and sesame ingredients.
Registration period: January 13 - February 17
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 5:00 am - Sunday, March 5, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Missouri Disabled Sportsman's Events
Only 4 mobility impaired participants will be selected per day for this event. Each hunter may request day or days they wish to hunt and requests will be honored if spots are available. Event coordinator will be in contact to discuss availability of spots on each day.
Registration period: January 17 - February 27
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023 5:00 pm - Monday, February 27, 2023 5:40 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri Trees

This class is a series of 12 programs that meets once each month all year long, though you may join at any time. You will learn to use simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques to stitch quilt blocks of some of the iconic trees of southeast Missouri - such as the bald cypress and white oak; as well as lesser known trees like the cucumber magnolia and Ozark chinquapin native to the Southeast part of the state.

Each block will feature a leaf with its fruit and/or flower. At each class you will discover a new tree’s secret life history, habitat preferences, importance to wildlife and the myriad uses by people through the ages.

Classes will be held on either the third or fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 pm via WebEx.

A link will be emailed to the participants' registered email prior to the meeting time, along with the thread colors needed that month. Block templates and information cards will be sent out after the class meets.

It is encouraged to download the application ahead of time to prevent technical issues.

Registration period: January 17 - February 27
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023 6:00 pm - Monday, February 27, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Gaylord Laboratory Library at Duck Creek CA

This class is a series of 12 program that meets once each month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful, embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most iconic trees of southeast Missouri such as the bald cypress and white oak; as well as lesser known trees like the cucumber magnolia, Ozark chestnut, and trees native to our specific part of the state. Each block will feature a leaf with either its fruit or flower. At each class you will discover a new tree’s secret life history, habitat preferences, importance to wildlife and the myriad uses by people through the ages.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all 12 monthly sessions, with the opportunity to complete all 16 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on either the third or fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Gaylord Laboratory Library.

You will need to supply your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have patterns, thread, light boards, and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.
Registration period: December 16 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to two species of skunks, and they are both equipped to defend themselves in an incredibly stinky way. We will discuss the lives of both the spotted and striped skunks of Missouri and find out how they are beneficial.
Registration period: December 16 - March 1
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:00 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Spring is in the air and that means morels! The end of March sees the first flush of this famous forage, are you ready to make the most of the season? Join us to learn all about how to identify morels safely, where to find them, and laws and rules involving harvesting wild fungi. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: February 2 - February 24
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023 5:30 pm - Thursday, March 2, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Missouri’s original settlers were very independent and self-sufficient. If they needed an item for their home they usually found a way to make it using materials provided by nature. Kitchen items were no exception. With this in mind, join the Southeast Conservation Educators and learn how to make a spoon using a Missouri hardwood. This program is designed for ages 18 and up.
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is in the air and that means morels! The end of March sees the first flush of this famous forage, are you ready to make the most of the season? Join us to learn all about how to identify morels safely, where to find them, and laws and rules involving harvesting wild fungi. This is an indoor program and does not include outdoor foraging.

This is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series; the nature center will be open late from 5:00 to 7:30pm this evening.
Registration period: January 20 - March 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: January 20 - March 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.

Registration period: January 20 - March 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, March 4, 2023 3:30 pm
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. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of high winds or rain, this program will be cancelled.
Registration period: January 20 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.