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Registration period: October 11 - December 8
Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, December 9, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Turkey Creek Farm
Upon registration, participants will be given a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite. Please bring your certificate of completion to the demonstration burn. Weather permitting, we will be conducting a prescribed burn so please dress accordingly with leather boots (non-steel toe), leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses. Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. Please bring a sack lunch with you.
Registration period: October 7 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago.

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: October 7 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago.

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 16 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
People have long depended on fire for survival. A good campfire can provide warmth, comfort, and a way to cook food. Learn how to safely make the perfect campfire. We will get the opportunity to try different methods of starting a fire and even have tasty s’mores treats at the end.
Registration period: October 7 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife 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 16 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by dissecting a real owl pellet.
Registration period: October 21 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 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 some of Missouri’s most scenic waterways. This program will include information on selecting the right gear, floating laws, safety, and rivers near you. So, float on down and learn a thing or two, the rivers are calling! 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 16 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by dissecting a real owl pellet.
Registration period: September 20 - December 15
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 15, 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.

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2022 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, 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
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 12:00 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is exhibiting the 2022 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest winning art entries during the month of December at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

The exhibit includes the contest’s Missouri Best of Show winning artwork of an American wigeon by Mia Foote, a student at Jackson High School.

The contest categories are divided into four groups based on grade level, K-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th. Foote will receive a $500 reward as Best of Show winner, while all category first place winners will receive $50, donated by Bass Pro Shops. The exhibit showcases all winning entries in each category. Each individual winner gets a ribbon, certificate, and educational materials.

The 2022 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest artwork will remain on display in the nature center’s exhibit gallery until the end of December.

Mia will be available for questions and congratulations from 12 pm - 2 pm on December 17.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by the Nature Center to make your own crafty creation this holiday season. We’ll provide an array of natural materials, other craft supplies, and a little inspiration; the rest is up to you! Bring the whole family, as we’ll have crafts for all ages.

For those who participated in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” we will also be doing our wrap-up program and prize drawings in the auditorium during this time.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
This year the Cape Girardeau Nature Center has celebrated the amazing colors that make nature in Missouri so wonderful. Join us for an afternoon of colorful fun, games, and learning in vivid technicolor! At 2:00 there will be a family program about color in nature, and the drawing for our “A Year in Color” bead contest. If you have completed any bead sets, please get your entries in before this event.
Registration period: November 11 - December 20
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:00 pm - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:30 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

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: November 11 - December 20
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 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 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 6:00 pm in the library of the Gaylord Lab at Duck Creek Conservation Area (It’s the large, white, two-story building facing the highway as you enter the area).

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have light boards and Frixion pens available for tracing.
Registration period: October 7 - December 21
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Today’s the first day of winter; time to start feeding the birds! Right now birds are on the hunt for seeds and berries to eat, so let’s help them out. Tune in to learn the bird feeder basics and a few of the familiar faces that may be visiting your backyard feeder this winter!

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: October 7 - December 21
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 21, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Today’s the first day of winter; time to start feeding the birds! Right now birds are on the hunt for seeds and berries to eat, so let’s help them out. Come build your very own bird feeder out of a glass soda bottle! We’ll also discuss bird feeder basics and learn a few of the familiar faces that may be visiting your backyard feeder this winter!

Please register ONE member of your family that plans to attend. We will work in family groups. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 22, 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.
Registration period: November 21 - December 26
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 28, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You have passed Hunter Education so put your skills to the test using a hunting simulator. Participants will be presented with an onscreen hunting scenario and then decide if the shoot is ethical. Participants will use a firearm provided with the program to test them on shot placement. This program is a great learning experience and a lot of fun.

Participants must have Hunter Education student certification. There is no age limit.
Registration period: September 16 - December 28
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Every four years or so these winter visitors make their way down to Missouri and it is always a treat to see one. Learn all about the behaviors and habits of these beautiful owls. Get an up-close look at the amazing features these owls have that help them to hunt in frigid temperatures by studying our taxidermy mount. We will not be viewing a live snowy owl. 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: November 21 - December 26
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:30 am - Thursday, December 29, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
You have the deer but what do you do with it? Come and learn how easy it is to process your venison and make your own deer sausage.
Registration period: November 18 - January 4
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 12:00 pm - Wednesday, January 4, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Though winter bloomers may sound like flannel underwear, witch hazel is one of the few plants to bloom in cold weather! Join us to learn about Missouri’s native witch hazel species. You’ll learn about the folklore, natural history, cultivation of this bizarre native shrub. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 5:30 pm - Friday, January 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ridgetop Trail will be lit by colorful luminaries offering a whole new perspective on the trail. The trail is asphalt-paved and approximately .5 mile round trip, it is stroller accessible and power wheelchair accessible. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series; the nature center will be open late from 5:00 to 7:00pm this evening.

After your stroll enjoy a warm fire and some hot chocolate. This experience is really special and great family time. Groups are welcome.

This program is weather dependent and in the event of inclement weather or icy trail conditions the trail walk will be cancelled.

Registration period: November 18 - January 7
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, January 7, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Animals move in all sorts of ways: they walk, run, hop, trot, crawl, or fly. They all have one thing in common that helps them move… their FEET! Animal feet come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we learn how to tell the who’s toes are whose.

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: November 18 - January 7
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, January 7, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Animals move in all sorts of ways: they walk, run, hop, trot, crawl, or fly. They all have one thing in common that helps them move… their FEET! Animal feet come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we learn how to tell the who’s toes are whose.

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.