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Registration period: June 18 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Southern Missouri is home to some of the most stunning creeks, streams, and rivers in the Midwest. These waterways are hotspots for some great fishing opportunities as well. Join our Discover Nature-Fishing Instructor for this virtual program as we discuss some of the areas near you that can and cannot be fished, some unique floating opportunities, the species of fish that can be found there, and even some tackle that can help you be more successful on the water. This program is open to anyone, though it will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Registration period: June 18 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Learn how to make your own soap from scratch. You will be using native plants to add fragrance and healing properties. You will leave with your own sudsy creation.
Registration period: June 18 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Cool off with some water fun as we learn about some of the cool critters that live in the water. Discover the special ways these animals survive in the water. Come dressed to splash and play! Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Registration period: July 23 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a whole world of delicious wild mushrooms outside of the venerable morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Naturalist Alex for an introductory look at some of falls finest table fare. Learn the basics of foraging for mushrooms, several easy to identify fall treats, and maybe even a recipe or two! This program is open to all ages, however, it has been designed for ages 12 and up.

Registration period: July 23 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Experience nature’s night shift in a short hike on Paw Paw Valley Trail. We will use our senses as we search for nocturnal animals and discover the amazing ways they survive the night. This program is designed for families with children but all are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes, the trail is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills.
Registration period: July 23 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake

Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make happy memories. Our Discover Nature-Fishing program is a hands-on, four-part fishing instruction series that helps families gain the skills and confidence they need to go fishing on their own.

This program will cover the Discover Nature-Fishing Lessons 1 and 2, which are best completed before Lessons 3 and 4 (hosted later). Participants will learn about fishing equipment, casting, rigging a fishing rod, baiting a hook, and proper fish handling. The Discover Nature-Fishing program is available for ages 7 and up. This program will take place at the pavilion at Tywappity Lake in Scott County at 10:00 AM. Participants will not be required to have a valid fishing license for this program.

Registration period: July 23 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beautiful yellow sunflowers are sensational in summer! Bring your little one to learn about our native sunflowers, how they grow, and how they’re used by wildlife.

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: July 23 - July 16
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Got Milk (weed)? We have heard milkweeds are vital to the monarch butterfly lifecycle, but do you know how they are intertwined? We will look at the species of milkweeds found here in Missouri and across a wide variety of habitats, their amazing roots, and examine how the seeds float in the sky. Top to bottom, milkweeds provide food and shelter to an astonishing number of species other than the monarch butterfly. This program is geared toward adults but children are welcome to enjoy.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center's reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.
Registration period: July 23 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

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

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, August 14, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Under that hard exterior, turtles are totally terrific! Join us for a live auditorium program to learn all about Missouri’s turtles. We will have live critters to meet, including Missouri’s smallest and largest species of turtles. Perfect for all ages, and no registration is required. So don’t be slow, head to the nature center for an amazingly awesome afternoon.
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, August 14, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the underwater lives of fish through participation in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is geared towards families and children with special needs and sensory processing needs but all are welcome.
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 1:30 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer may be the best time of the year for having fun, however it is not the best time of year for the American Red Cross blood supply. All the things that make summer special such as vacations, sports, family gatherings, and lots of outdoor activities interfering with the regular blood drives that are held. This creates a critical shortage just when summer activities also create a critical need. Please register at www.redcrossblood.org. Don’t forget Rapid Pass makes your donation time shorter!

Registration period: July 23 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scott House, Ozark Operations Manager for the Cave Research Foundation, will share the wonder under our feet. Perry County is rich with caves and this presentation will show the amazing world of caves and karst. Life underground takes special skills and adaptations so the many creatures found there are unique. Caves and their inhabitants are of special conservation concern and you may be able to help. This in-person program is geared toward all ages.

Registration period: July 23 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Scott House, Ozark Operations Manager for the Cave Research Foundation, will share the wonder under our feet. Perry County is rich with caves and this presentation will show the amazing world of caves and karst. Life underground takes special skills and adaptations so the many creatures found there are unique. Caves and their inhabitants are of special conservation concern and you may be able to help. This program is geared toward all ages.

Registration period: July 23 - August 18
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

In the oxbows and bayous of southern Missouri lurks a monster! But have no fear, alligator gar are one of the coolest fish around. These gentle giants are among the largest freshwater fish in the world, and are largely unchanged dating back over 100 million years. Join us for a virtual program highlighting the awesome adaptations that make this fish the king of the swamp. We will also discuss the hard work dedicated to conserving this ancient fish for another 100 million years. Please check that your email address is correct upon registration to be sure you receive the virtual link on the day of the event.

Registration period: July 23 - August 19
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:00 am - Friday, August 20, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

School will be starting soon, but how about one last float before then? We’ll take a trip to the Castor River and enjoy an all-day kayak adventure. As we float, we’ll keep a lookout for cool critters, plants, and rock formations and picnic for lunch. All skill levels welcome.

Make sure to bring a water bottle, lunch and snacks, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. We’ll provide transportation from the nature center, kayaks, and other needed equipment.

Registration period: July 23 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, August 21, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come and meet the Missouri Department of Conservation's newest team member in the southeast region. This team member has highly specialized skills and abilities that no one else possesses. He also has four paws, fur, and a nose that is 40 times better than ours! You might say MDC has gone to the dogs. K9-Tex and his handler Corporal Alan Lamb will be at the nature center to explain and show what it is they do to help protect wildlife. Tex will also show off his amazing nose and ability to detect scent.

Registration period: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
In the summer months, the prairie seems to come to life! Celebrate the blooming flowers and buzzing insects as we discover this unique habitat and its fascinating residents. 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: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

There is a whole world of delicious wild mushrooms outside of the beloved morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Nature Center Naturalist Alex for an introductory look at some of falls finest table fare. Learn the basics of foraging for mushrooms, several easy to identify fall treats, and maybe even a recipe or two! This virtual program is back by popular demand. Please check that your email address is correct upon registration to be sure you receive the virtual link on the day of the event. This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for adults.

Registration period: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
In the summer months, the prairie seems to come to life! Come and celebrate the blooming flowers and buzzing insects as we discover this unique habitat and its fascinating residents. Come dressed for outdoor exploration.
Registration period: July 23 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that 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: July 23 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that 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: July 23 - August 28
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 28, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Even as summer is coming to an close, we still have plenty of time to go fishing. But wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use our own lure to do it? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl for an opportunity to paint your own fishing lure any color you’d like, or even paint 2 or 3! Then while we let the paint dry, we will head out to the kid’s pond and spend some time fishing with worms for sunfish, bass, and catfish. This program is intended for kids ages 7-11, but parents may sit in on the program, and it will take place in the lab classroom at the Cape Nature Center. Hope to see you there!
Registration period: July 23 - August 28
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 28, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games.