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Registration period: May 4 - June 19
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Grandparents, grandkids, and great times is the goal of this day camp filled with adventure to span the generations! Build life long memories with your loved ones during this two day adventure camp. Activities will include canoeing, fishing and several other opportunities to show your grandkids just how cool grandparents are! Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, and sturdy shoes. This program will require the ability to walk distances of half a mile over well maintained dirt trails. Please register both adult and youth participants. Full details will be provided after registration. Camp activities run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A love of nature is always best shared, come let us help you share yours!
Registration period: May 25 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake
Come enjoy a morning in the sun on beautiful Tywappity Lake. What better way to take in the sights and sounds than with a fishing rod in your hand? This program is designed for new anglers or new kayakers or both! Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Kayaking instruction will be given to all, and then you may choose to go alone or spend time with an instructor to learn the basics of fishing from a kayak. Bait, lures, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided as well as knowledgeable conservation staff to help you try for the big one. Participants 16 and older are required to possess a valid Missouri fishing permit. Participants are asked to meet at the boat launch off HWY RA near Chaffee, MO with a waterbottle, snacks or lunch, and weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. To ride with us, you will need to meet at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 12 pm. Come dressed to be in the creek with clothes and shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs).

Please practice social distancing. The use of a mask is recommended during the van ride.
Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Old Plantation Access

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the north parking lot at Old Plantation Access. Come dressed to be in the creek with clothes and shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs).

Please practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.
Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:30 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

During warm summer nights, nature provides us with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. The culprit of this lightshow is the tiny firefly. Bring the whole family out for fun firefly activites as we learn all about these amazing insects.

Please register each family member that will be attending. Remember to practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.
Registration period: May 21 - June 29
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of the best actors of the snake world, the eastern hog-nosed snake. Sometimes called the puff adder, this snake is full of tricks when it comes to deterring predators. Get an up close look at this fascinating snake and learn what makes them unique.

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: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 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: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 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: June 18 - July 1
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, July 1, 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: Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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

Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, July 2, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

O say can you see, Missouri’s most majestic flyer, the bald eagle? Join us to celebrate our nation’s birth and our most iconic national symbol with an Evening at the Nature Center. This will also be a time to introduce you to our newest exhibit, our eagles nest play area. The nature center will be open extra late as we learn about eagles, wetlands, and our Mississippi River ecosystem. While we will not have live eagles, games, discovery tables, crafts and play areas will help us appreciate our once nearly extinct bird. So fly on by and check out the fun!

Registration period: June 18 - July 8
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Summer is filled with many beautiful wildflowers, and coneflowers add lovely splashes of color to our landscapes. We will explore the species native to Missouri and where to add them to your garden.
Registration period: June 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Southeast Missouri used to be covered in slimy swamps full of special swampy plants and animals. Bring your little one to learn more about the swamps of southeast Missouri and the animals that call them home. Then we’ll take a short hike to Wood Duck Swamp.
Registration period: June 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 4. Lessons 1, 2, and 3 are not prerequisites for this program, but they would be excellent experiences to complete before Lesson 4, especially if you are a beginner angler.

Participants of this program will learn about different types of artificial lures, as well as how and when to use them. They will also learn about some of the regulations that Missouri has in place to protect our natural resources. The Discover Nature-Fishing program is available for ages 7 and up. We will host this program at the North Cape County Park Lake at Pavilion 4. Participants are not required to have a valid fishing license for this program.
Registration period: June 18 - July 9
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pass the pasta and join us to learn how to use wild edible plants at your next pasta party! We will learn to not only build a basic pesto based on wild plants and nuts, but how to make pasta from scratch, flavored with wild herbs. So why dress your pasta from a jar when you have forest full of fresh ingredients to add a little flair to your summer table.

Registration period: June 18 - July 9
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Time outdoors can present some challenges like insect bites and poison ivy rash. Nature also provides some remedies. Wil will learn about a few plants that can be used as medicine, and afterward we will make a couple batches of some simple remedies and you can take samples home.
Registration period: June 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
We are going on a treasure hunt! We will teach you all the basics you need to know to be able to use a map and compass. Then head outside and hone your skills by practicing on our compass course in search of hidden treasures. Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Registration period: June 18 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 15, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Love them or hate them, armadillos are one of Missouri’s strangest mammals. Join nature center staff to learn all about these odd-balls of the animal kingdom. We will discuss their fascinating lives, why we see so many dead on the road, how to handle nuisance animal problems, and where they all came from.
Registration period: March 30 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

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 a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

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 a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Registration period: June 18 - July 16
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Holly Ridge Conservation Area is located in Stoddard County, just northeast of Dexter, MO. This area totals 991 acres, including two natural areas and an archery range. The natural areas were established to protect 26 rare or endangered plant species as well as a special habitat called a perched bog. In this program we’ll discuss the natural history and recreational opportunities on the area. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

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: June 18 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear sumac? Is it “poison sumac” and “stay out of the woods”? You’re in luck because we do not have poison sumac in Missouri. However, we do have four species of sumac that are an important part of their ecosystem and also very delicious. We’ll learn how to identify the different sumac species, how to harvest them safely, and how to cook them. Each recipe we try will include a sumac ingredient so that we learn to recognize the taste.
Registration period: June 18 - July 22
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22, 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: June 18 - July 22
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22, 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: June 18 - July 24
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 24, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever hear of geocaching and want to try it out? Join in the fun and be a part of a global treasure hunt network. Learn all of the basics and get practical experience as we go on the hunt for a couple of caches close to the nature center. Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.