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Registration period: September 17 - October 26
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, October 26, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Although they may seem spooky to some and are associated with death, the Turkey Vulture is an important part of nature. Find out more about this high-flying raptor as we investigate its life and unusual diet. This program is geared towards ages 8 and up but all ages are welcome to enroll.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let your imagination run wild in the garden. We will collect our masterpiece materials from the garden (leaves, petals, etc.) before learning a bit about insect body structures before we delve in into creating our own. They can be as creative as we want. Dandelion petal legs? Sure. Seed pod for a thorax? Absolutely. Leaves for wings? You bet. This program is intended for adults but children over the age of 12 with an adult may enjoy it.
Registration period: September 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown, these are the colors of fall. Explore the various shapes and colors that leaves offer as we play and learn the year-long story of leaves.

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.
Registration period: October 15 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

No matter what age or experience you have, shotgun fundamentals are the foundation of shotgun shooting performance. Shooters shouldn't judge their wingshooting skills based on the result of the shot. If you can hit going away targets but not crossing targets you will find out just how gun fit, shotgun fit, dominant eye and shooting stance will effect your shot.

Participants must have some experience with shotgun shooting and preferably own a shotgun. Students who successfully complete this class will have the opportunity to register for shotgun instruction at Apple Creek Shooting Range at the conclusion of the classroom course.
Registration period: October 15 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:30 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 4:15 pm
Location: Online only

Join us for this informative Virtual program to learn the basics of hunting whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

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, November 4, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.
Registration period: September 17 - November 4
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, November 4, 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 or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 5:30 pm - Friday, November 5, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
For November’s “Nature Center at Night” program we’ll be getting crafty! The nature center exhibits will be open to explore and our classrooms will be buzzing crafts perfect for kids and adults alike! Let us help you create decorations and gifts for your favorite winter holiday, or simply enjoy some relaxing creative time with natural materials and themes.
Registration period: September 17 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Time to talk turkey! Trot on in to see what life is like for a wild turkey. We’ll have a gobbling good time!

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

Registration period: September 17 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Time to talk turkey! Trot on in to see what life is like for a wild turkey. We’ll have a gobbling good time!

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.
Registration period: September 17 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area
Join us on scenic Lake Girardeau as we watch the final blaze of autumn reflect in the water. This program is an opportunity to simply borrow a boat and go at your own pace. Staff will be on hand to monitor safety and give instruction but you spend your time doing whatever you choose. Binoculars, a fishing pole and permit, or a camera might all make good companions as your drift across this medium sized lake. Lifejackets, kayaks (weight limit 300lbs), paddles and other safety equipment will all be provided. Participants should bring water, snacks, and shoes which can get wet for entering and exiting the kayak. This program is open to ages 10 and up. Participants ages 10-15 require an adult to accompany them. Meet at the main boat launch off of county road 383
Registration period: October 5 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, November 6, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Riverfront Park
Let's work together to keep our river clean! Come lend a helping hand and take part in a litter pickup. We will meet at the Broadway entrance of Riverfront Park in downtown Cape Girardeau. Free T-shirts, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:00 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Create a unique leather bracelet with a nature motif. Join us as we examine hide harvesting and tanning. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Must be at least 16 years of age. We will be practicing social distancing. Masks are encouraged.
Registration period: October 15 - November 10
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Mammals can be found in every habitat of Missouri and each one is equipped with special tools and skills to survive. We will take a closer look at some of these furry creatures as we discover the important roles they play in their habitats. This program is designed for homeschool students ages 7–11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: October 15 - November 10
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Be right on target as you practice two challenging outdoor sports. Try your hand at using a bow and throwing darts with an atlatl. These sports are not only fun but they also improve focus, hand-eye coordination, and build confidence. This program is designed for homeschool students.
Registration period: March 30 - November 11
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, November 11, 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 12, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Registration period: October 15 - November 18
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, November 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Plant beauty is not just about showy flowers. Ferns never have colorful blooms, but as a group they are beautiful and fascinating. Let’s dig deep into ferns and learn about these spore bearing plants; their life cycle, habitats and connections to wildlife. This program is developed for adults but children may learn quite a bit also.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: October 15 - November 20
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Oh deer, what a treat it is to see a wonderful whitetail! Deer are out and about year-round but what are they doing? Learn the year-long story of white-tailed deer and participate in some antler-related antics.

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.
Registration period: October 15 - November 20
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking wild turkey. Sometimes people are a little intimidated by wild game but there is no reason to be. We will cover how to prepare a wild turkey for cooking and share some recipes.

We will have a Dutch oven roasted turkey for tasting to encourage you to try this recipe out at home. This program is intended for adults, youth 12 years old and older may attend with an adult. Both must register.

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Celebrate the sights, textures, and smells of the fall season by participating in our 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 developmental disabilities and sensory processing needs but all are welcome.
Registration period: October 15 - November 23
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
A surprising number of trees in Missouri produce edible seeds and nuts. Join us for an overview of how to identify some of the plants that produce these treasures. There will also be a recipe or two fit for the winter season! This program is open to all ages, though it is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive the link to the virtual program.
Registration period: October 15 - November 24
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Let’s cozy up with some story books and learn about the four seasons in the forest. First Fletcher the fox learns why the leaves are falling off the trees and how winter is all part of nature’s life cycle. Then Jenny watches wild turkey in the woods behind her house for a whole year, learning about them. Jenny keeps a nature journal to record her amazing observations about these colorful birds. After the story you can ask questions to Fletcher and Jenny about the seasons and how to start your own nature journal.
Registration period: October 15 - November 24
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 3:00 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.
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, November 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Stuffed with holiday food, weary of noisy guests, and then expected to go shopping at dawn and fight for holiday deals; if this sounds like a real headache to you why not #Optout(side) with us at the nature center! The trails at the nature center hold the secret to peace and serenity, if you just take the time to explore their beautiful hills. This 1.5-mile hike is open to all ages, but our trails are hilly. Your guide will keep a slow pace as they stop to show you just how special a Missouri forest can be. So, opt-out and join us for a gift you can really be thankful for.
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, November 26, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
While the rest of the world will be clamoring for deals, the woodpeckers of Missouri will be busy fliting about looking for food and shelter. If you’d rather keep pace with a woodpecker than stand in line for hours, why not #optout(side) with us and enjoy some of nature’s most beautiful birds. Winter is one of the best times to see woodpeckers. The program will begin in the auditorium to learn the basics of identifying these birds by coloration, size, habits, and sound. We will then go outside to meet them in their habitat over easy, accessible trails (about half a mile). If you’d prefer to stay indoors, you can test your ID skills at our bird viewing station. You are welcome to do only the auditorium portion if you prefer.