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Registration period: October 6 - November 12
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:30 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This ladies wing shooting program and duck hunt is designed for those who are new to/or are beginning duck hunters. This is a 2-day commitment.

On Saturday November 27th, you will meet at the Duck Creek Conservation Area Headquarters (Brown Building) where we will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, distance estimation, along with a duck wing ID, and practice wing shooting. Dress appropriately as we will be outside for most of the event. Please bring a 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun, along with steel shot to match your shotgun. If you do not have access to a shotgun, please let me know.

Early morning on Friday December 3rd, you will meet with your duck hunting guide at the Southeast Missouri location that your guide will designate. You will duck hunt the morning of Friday December 3rd. (Many locations will need waders and your guide will let you know prior to the Friday December 3rd if you will need them. If you do not have access to waders, please let me know)

Ladies need to have completed the Hunter Education course prior the first day of the event.

A confirmation email and list of “what to bring the day of the hunt” will be sent closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bradshaw: sara.bradshaw@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: October 15 - November 27
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, November 27, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Walk off that Thanksgiving meal while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Enjoy excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and lake-side scenery as we hike the 2.5 mile loop trail at Tywappity Community Lake. This trail is ranked moderate with some steep inclines and uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather. We will be meeting at the nature center and riding to the site. We encourage participants to wear a mask while in the vehicle.
Registration period: October 15 - November 27
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, November 27, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake
Walk off that Thanksgiving meal while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Enjoy excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and lake-side scenery as we hike the 2.5 mile loop trail at Tywappity Community Lake. This trail is ranked moderate with some steep inclines and uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather. We will be meeting at the parking lot at Tywappity Community Lake.
Registration period: October 15 - November 30
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
While bass, catfish and bluegill get sluggish in the cold winter water, trout are in peak season. Join us for an overview of all things Missouri trout. Topics will include gearing up, techniques, regulations, and where MDC may stock trout in streams and ponds near you. This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for ages 10+. 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 30
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Take an up-close look at one of Missouri’s best wild engineers. The American beaver is a large rodent that is well known for its ability to alter the flow of streams by cutting down and moving entire trees. Learn about this semi-aquatic creature’s features that help it shape and change its landscape.

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

Registration period: October 20 - November 30
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:15 pm - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:15 pm
Location: Online only

If you would like to learn about handguns, this virtual program will provide participants the basics of revolvers and semiautomatics. Time will be reserved so questions can be submitted to the instructor.

Students will receive an email with the link to connect to the program.
Registration period: October 15 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Masks are encouraged and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
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 virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for homeschool students ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:30 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 virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: October 15 - December 10
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 7:00 pm - Friday, December 10, 2021 8:30 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.
Registration period: October 15 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Brrrrrr! It’s cold outside! How do wild animals handle this cold weather? Meet some animal puppet friends and learn the tricks to surviving the cold winter months. Then we will head outside in search of these animals and their hiding places.

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 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
When the leaves fall and the forest appears more open, many of our winter birds are at their easiest to see. While many birds migrate south for the winter, southeast Missouri is alive with our year-round populations and visitors from the snowy north. Join us for a two-part program to learn the basics of spotting, and hearing, some of our more familiar winter birds. The program will begin with a presentation in the auditorium and then move to a roughly 1-mile hike over paved and gravel trails which are at times hilly. You are welcome to attend the auditorium portion only and then view birds from our feeder window or explore our forests on your own if you wish. This program is open to all ages, though the material is most appropriate for ages 10+ This program is just in time to prepare you for participating the in the Christmas Bird Count!
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to two species of fox; the familiar red fox and the less common gray fox. We will look at the differences between these two beautiful furbearers and learn about how they survive the changing seasons. This program is designed for ages 8 and up but all are welcome.

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

Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:45 pm
Location: Online only
Are you looking for that first bow or BB gun for your child? This program will discuss how to get your child started shooting and the proper equipment selection.
Registration period: October 15 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians 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: Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 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: March 30 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 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 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Many of us walk around with a powerful camera in our pocket all day for those moments when life gives us something worth remembering, but do you know how to get the most out of your shots? Join naturalist Alex for a beginner’s guide to nature photography using your cell phone. We’ll cover basic the rules of how to compose interesting photos, work with natural subjects, and explore the tools your phone has which allow you to put the finishing touches on your memories. Alex’s own artwork will be on display October through November at the nature center, and yes, every photo was taken with his cell phone. People are always surprised how much you can get out of a simple phone camera, so join him to learn a few of his tips! Any smartphone will work for this course, please bring yours with you. Participants will have a chance to try out what they’ve learned as we walk around the nature center and meet a few photogenic nature center animals.
Registration period: October 15 - December 22
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 22, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Woodpeckers are at their most visible during the winter months. Their drumming, chattering and flapping are the soundtrack of the winter forest. Join us for a beginner’s guide to each woodpecker species that calls Missouri home. Learn how to identify them by sight and sound, their interesting life histories, and ways that you might be able to attract them to your property though habitat improvements and feeders. This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for ages 10+ Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive the link to the virtual program.