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Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, January 7, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Woodpeckers are most visible during the winter months, fliting and flying through the forest in search of food and shelter. You might also hear them drumming or chattering throughout the day. Did you know Missouri is home to seven different types of woodpeckers? Can you name them all? Join us for a beginner’s guide to each species that calls Missouri home. After the program, you’re welcome to go outside on our trail or visit our wildlife viewing window to watch for woodpeckers.
Registration period: November 18 - January 10
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, January 10, 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.

Registration period: November 18 - January 12
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 12, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Calling all owls! Discover the special features of owls with a brief indoor presentation. We will then hit the trail in search of these night-time predators. The trail is not stroller accessible and is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills and loose gravel. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather as a large portion of the program will take place outdoors. Program may be canceled due to rain or snow.
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 12, 2023 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 featuring 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 these games often have a higher complexity level than family board game players may be used to and may be 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.

Registration period: November 18 - January 13
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023 7:30 am - Saturday, January 14, 2023 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hawn State Park in St. Genevieve County is one of Missouri’s most scenic and special state parks. This naturalist-led hike will cover approximately 8 miles of the Whispering Pines Trail. This section of the trail is hilly, crosses several creeks, and due to its length, requires a moderate to high level of fitness. Sturdy shoes, a water bottle, lunch, and a small backpack are all required. If you’re ready for a rugged adventure, this is the trail for you!

We will meet at the nature center and depart promptly at 7:30am. If you plan to meet the group at Hawn State Park, please contact the instructor to make arrangements.
Registration period: November 18 - January 14
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, January 14, 2023 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come carve your own duck decoy out of cork. Your decoy may be used for waterfowl hunting or kept as a unique piece of art. All materials and tools will be provided. This is an all-day workshop. We will spend the morning carving, have a lunch break on your own, then spend the afternoon painting and finishing our ducks.

Please be sure to wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This class may not be ideal for individuals with asthma or breathing difficulties. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration period: November 18 - January 14
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, January 14, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nature Center Volunteer and local wildlife photographer, Johnathan Wright, will talk about the equipment, skills, and tricks needed to capture nature and wildlife in that perfect image. Following the presentation everyone will have an opportunity to try their hand at shooting some indoor staged scenes as well as candid outdoor nature scenes.

Johnathan and fellow photographers will be available to offer feedback.

Please bring your own digital SLR camera and keep it with you at all times.
Registration period: November 18 - January 18
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:00 pm - Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Online only

Woodpeckers are most visible during the winter months, fliting and flying through the forest in search of food and shelter. You might also hear them drumming or chattering throughout the day. Did you know Missouri is home to seven different types of woodpeckers? Can you name them all? Join us for a beginner’s guide to each species that calls Missouri home. After the program, you’re welcome to go outside on our trail or visit our wildlife viewing window to watch for woodpeckers.

Please ensure 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.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:00 pm - Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:45 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 18 - January 20
Date: Friday, January 20, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, January 20, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let’s get your bike ready for spring weather! This program will teach you new skills and help you save money by teaching you the basics of bike maintenance and repair. We will get hands on and learn to fix a flat, adjust brakes, and get you shifting more smoothly. No prior experience necessary. Demonstration bikes and tools will be provided. Please wear clothing which you don’t mind getting dirty!
Registration period: November 4 - January 21
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species native to Missouri. Test your skills and learn forestry tidbits in this fun, interactive hike. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. This program is limited to 20 participants for ages 8 and up.
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Are you and your family suffering from cabin fever? Head outside to the nature center where we will have several family-friendly outdoor activities. Enjoy a walk through the woods, practice animal tracking, build a shelter, taste outdoor cooking, and much more. Here is your chance to discover what nature can offer your family during the cold winter months. Feel free to come and go as you like.
Registration period: November 18 - January 25
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, January 25, 2023 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 ensure 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: November 18 - January 25
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, January 25, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. Only one bird feeder per family, please. All supplies will be provided.
Registration period: November 18 - January 25
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 2:00 pm - Wednesday, January 25, 2023 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. Only one bird feeder per family, please. All supplies provided.
Registration period: November 18 - January 28
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, January 28, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Paddle on over and learn about our feathered friends with webbed feet. We will dive into the lives of ducks and geese to learn where they live and what they do. 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.