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Find Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education classes near you.

Registration period: August 19 - September 28
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 28, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Are you a private landowner interested in attracting wildlife to your property? This workshop will discuss habitat needs and how to manage your property for wildlife. This workshop will cover information on federal, state, and local programs that provide financial assistance to improve and enhance wildlife, forest, and aquatic resources on private land. Our speaker will be Brad Probst, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green plants bead.
Registration period: August 9 - September 29
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 and must be paid in full by September 15, 2022.

Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. We will provide interested individuals with a registration form and detailed supply list. Checks should be made to MCHF. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green plants bead.
Registration period: August 19 - September 30
Date: Friday, September 30, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, September 30, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Diverse native grasslands (DNG) are a mix of native grasses, forbs, and legumes. They make an excellent forage because they are so diverse; the soil health is improved and there is something green for forage all year round. The livestock do better because of this fact. They grow well without fertilizer because of the diverse selection of legumes that provide and even out the nitrogen already in the soil. After all, there was never a fertilizer buggy following the bison around.

Not only are DNG’s great for livestock and soil health, at the same time they provide excellent wildlife habitat. Research has shown that, aside from great grazing for livestock and fuel for prescribed fires, a DNG is the best-known quail habitat in Missouri.

This seminar will discuss these benefits as well as establishment.

Registration period: September 22 - September 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Southeast Regional Office
What sounds do turkeys make and what do they mean? Come and learn some basic turkey calls and then try to replicate them with provided box, slate and push pin calls.
Registration period: August 19 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are the foundation of a healthy habitat and are essential for wildlife. Vendors will be on site who specialize in native trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers. Vendors, staff, and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide advice on your purchases.

There will be folks demonstrating historic and modern uses of Missouri native plants. You could see basketmaking, wood carving, bow making, or other skills. The plants used in the demonstrations will be available from the native plant vendors, so you can grow your own and start crafting!

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green plants bead.
Registration period: August 19 - September 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Can’t afford that greenhouse you’ve been dreaming of to start your native plant seeds in? There is a cheaper and easier way. Learn how to use a gallon milk jug to get those seeds to germinate in time for spring planting. Donna Aufdenberg, Field Specialist in Horticulture, MU Extension in Cape County will lead this program and help you plant native seeds in a milk jug you will take home.

If you are participating in the nature center’s Year of Color contest this program is a green bead.

Registration period: September 22 - September 29
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:30 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Southeast Regional Office
Would you like to learn the basics of deer hunting. This class will provide you with the basics to scout, select a location, equipment and general tips to be successful in the field.
Registration period: August 19 - October 5
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Missouri is crisscrossed with world class streams. Join us for a beginner’s guide to planning day floats and overnight trips on these waterways. This program will include information on selecting the right gear, floating laws, safety, and rivers near you. So, log on and learn a thing or two, the rivers are calling! If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 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. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 16 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, October 7, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Best for families with children ages 3 to 7.

This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series, the nature center will be open from 5 - 7 pm this evening. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 19 - October 8
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 8, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Earlier this year we learned about camping and the different ways you can cook over a fire. Now, let’s put those skills to the test to make a yummy treat! Join us around the campfire as we talk about fire safety and make our own tasty food. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.

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: September 9 - October 7
Date: Monday, October 10, 2022 5:30 pm - Monday, October 10, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Leave your phone at home and take this chance to relax and reconnect with yourself and nature. Nature time is healing for everyone, an opportunity to slow down and focus. We’ll offer several activities to ground yourself more fully, including yoga, nature journaling, walking, and silence. This program is for adults. You may wish to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. A refillable water bottle is necessary. You may bring your own yoga mat if you wish.

If you are participating in the nature center’s Year of Color contest this program is a yellow bead.

Registration period: September 16 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only

It’s fall ya’ll. The trees and shrubs are blazing with autumn color. We’ll take look at the science behind this natural process and examples of some of Missouri native trees and shrubs that provide spectacular fall color. We will also talk about ways to incorporate them into your own landscaping.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a green plants bead.
Registration period: August 19 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:00 pm - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Earlier this year we learned about camping and the different ways you can cook over a fire. Now, let’s put those skills to the test to make a yummy treat! Join us around the campfire as we talk about fire safety and make our own tasty food. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.

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: August 19 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Meet a common backyard resident that sometimes takes us by surprise. Join us as we learn more about the eastern gartersnake and why your backyard can be the perfect habitat. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead. 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: August 19 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. Then we’ll work together to make a couple varieties to take home! All jars, fruit, and other materials will be provided. If you have any allergy concerns, please email the instructor prior to the program date. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.
Registration period: August 19 - October 13
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Castor River is a minor stream that runs through the famous “pink rocks” near Fredricktown all the way to the lowlands of the Mississippi plains. During that trip it crosses beautiful hills passing eagles, mink, and smallmouth bass. Join us for a trip down this river-less-traveled for a wonderful day of adventure. The six mile float (approx. 5 hours) requires a moderate level of fitness, as shallow gravel bars requires paddlers to enter and exit the kayak frequently. Skilled guides will provide instruction and no previous experience is necessary. Kayaks (rated to 275lbs), life jackets, paddles, and duffle sized dry bags will be provided. Participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and either ride with us or drive separately to the put in location (1 hour). Participants will receive a welcome email with detailed instructions and packing list prior to the trip. Please email the instructor with any questions you have about this exciting program. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.

Registration period: July 25 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This event is the stream-side certification to become an Intro and Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.

**You must complete the Intro to VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) AND Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**

The virtual presentations are available as live events and are recorded for watching on-demand.

For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: September 1 - October 13
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022 2:00 pm - Sunday, October 16, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center to learn all about how to create scientific drawings. This program will be in a classroom on site where pencils, pens, paper, and microscopes will be provided. Participants should bring water and snacks as needed.

Registration is required and current COVID-19 guidance will be followed.
Registration period: September 7 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:30 pm
Location: Online only
There is no better way to land your dream fish than choosing the right bait. Join us for an introductory look at matching bait to the fish species and selecting the appropriate hooks, sinkers, and boobers. if you are participating in Cape Nature Center's "A Year in Color" this program earns a blue aquatics bead. 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: September 20 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most stunning and unique Winged Things found in the beautiful landscapes of Missouri.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 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 have your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have light boards and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts bead.

Registration period: August 17 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, October 22, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Help us celebrate the spookiest time of year with a not-so-spooky event perfect for all ages. This year is an insect extravaganza! Show up wearing your costume and take a stroll down our short Trek N’ Treat trail where you’ll meet our creature-characters who will teach you all about Missouri’s most numerous, but often most misunderstood, creepy crawlies. Bring your treat bucket because after you learn a little about each character they love to hand out treats! The nature center will be alive with games, activities, a squirmy-wormy zoo, and crafts which will surely make you scream (with joy). The Trek N Treat trail is stroller but not wheelchair accessible. In case of adverse weather the event will take place inside. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.

Registration period: September 21 - October 24
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 25, 2022 5:30 pm
Location: Online only

This class is a 12 month program that will meet VIRTUALLY once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most stunning and unique Winged Things found in the beautiful landscapes of Missouri.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will TYPICALLY be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm via WebEx. Please download the app to your prior to the first meeting, if you plan to watch via your phone. If you plan to utilize a laptop or PC, you can use your web browser (Microsoft Edge is the recommended browser).

You will be emailed the link to the WebEx prior to the meeting. You will also receive the digital templates, photographs of examples, and information cards the morning after each meeting.
Registration period: August 19 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Spiders are not scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. 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 19 - October 27
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ladybugs, lady beetles, ladybird beetles… We hear so many names, but what are they? And, why are there so many in my house!? Much of the year these little red beetles often go unnoticed, however during the fall they seem to come out of the woodwork. As the weather gets colder and you begin to see more, you may want to tune in to learn more about these interesting insects. This class is best suited for those 12 years of age and older, but open to all ages. 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 make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.