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Registration period: August 27 - September 21
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Pinecone crafts are not just for kids. First we will learn about pinecones and the purpose they serve in our habitats. Then we are going to cut and paint some pinecones and you can choose from a couple of different craft projects to finish up. This program is geared toward adult crafters but if you want to bring a youngster with you they are welcome. Just make sure you register them under their own name.
Registration period: September 8 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Online only

Catfishing can be a fun and relaxing activity year round, and who doesn’t like to eat catfish? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn about the mighty-sized fish in the Mighty Mississippi, as well as how and where to find them, different methods to try, gear that you may need, and different baits for different circumstances. This program will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up, but anyone is welcome to join in!

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

Registration period: August 20 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

The “Mighty Mississippi” is a focal point for our state, but where are the best places in Southeast Missouri to enjoy the river views? Join us as we take a virtual look at three great options: Tower Rock Conservation Area, Trail of Tears State Park (managed by DNR), and the Cape River Walk (managed by City of Cape). We’ll also discuss a few of the plants and animals you may see while visiting these areas. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 12:00 pm - Friday, September 24, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This event is the stream-side certification to become a Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.

**You must complete the Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**

The virtual presentations are available as live events and will be recorded for watching on-demand after 9/3/2021.

For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: September 8 - September 24
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, September 24, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Mysterious creatures inhabit the murky waters of the Mississippi River, from eels that lay up to 4 million eggs to turtles that weigh over 200 pounds! Discover these fascinating animals and more as we investigate the unique lives of river creatures.
Registration period: September 1
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 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 river stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.
Registration period: September 10 - September 27
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 10:00 am - Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many of us refer to fall maintenance in the garden as “putting the garden to bed”. The native plant gardener however thinks of this as a very busy season. There are seeds to collect, fall planting to be done, and preparing the garden for winter wildlife. Sheltering wildlife in the winter takes a little bit of thought in the fall but not a lot of work. Learn how fall leaves and bare stems provide much needed shelter for insects during the winter. This program is developed for adults but children ages 12 and over may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 20 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Cassie Holcomb, owner of Cassie Bock Landscaping and Flower Garden LLC, will give us a tour of this special native plant pocket garden in Jackson. She will share the history of the garden and let us look at the huge variety of native plants. She will also tell us the benefits of using native plants in the garden for both humans and wildlife. This tour is geared toward adults but children over 12 years old may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 31 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and to wear a face covering. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. We will provide interested individuals with a registration form and detailed supply list. Checks should be made to MCHF. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, October 1, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

A carnivorous swamp monster, exploding seed bombs, and vampires that suck the life from the forest around them, Missouri is home to some unusual plants! Join us for fun look at the peculiar ways that some of Missouri’s flora make a living. While this program is open to all ages, it has been designed for ages 12 and up. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series and exhibits will be open until 7pm.

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Fall is an excellent time to plant natives because the few extra weeks of warm soil temperature provides the roots time to grow. Those roots will mean better growth next spring. Native plants, trees, shrubs and vines will be available for sale on the lawn of the nature center. The sale will be held outside, rain or shine. Plants will be available from vendors, no other items will be available. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Orders can be pre placed with vendors and picked up day of or plants can be selected and purchased day of. The vendors are Ozark Soul Native Plants, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, and Forest Keeling.
Registration period: September 10 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Have you ever been stung by a bee while in the garden or on a hike? OUCH! Did you know that a plantain leaf can ease the pain? Many native plants were used for their medicinal value by Native Americans and early settlers. We will talk about the role of native plants in a healthy habitat and then go to the lab to create a couple of our favorite remedies. You will go home with samples of our creations.
Registration period: September 10 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Bring your favorite tea cup if you wish and sip tea made fresh from our gardens. Teas, tisanes, tinctures or tonics, regardless of what you call them, it’s tea time. We will look briefly at the differences and then brew two different tisanes from native plants.
Registration period: September 10 - October 5
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Just when we think the garden is done blooming, BAM! Those beautiful asters start to bloom. Adding color to the autumn landscape is not their only purpose, they provide late nectar and pollen for insects. We are going to dig deep into information about native asters and how to include them in your healthy habitat. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Come take a stroll in the gardens at the nature center, it is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the morning and the flowers. We will discuss the role of native plants in healthy habitats and their many benefits and how you can incorporate native plants in your spaces. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 7:30 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
The Castor River is a minor stream that runs through the famous “pink rocks” near Fredericktown all the way to the lowlands of the Mississippi plains. During that trip it crosses beautiful hills passing eagles, mink, and smallmouth bass. Join us for a trip down this river-less-traveled for a wonderful day of adventure. The six mile float ( approx. 5 hour) requires a moderate level of fitness, as shallow gravel bars requires paddlers to enter and exit the kayak with some frequency. Skilled guides will provide instruction, and no previous experience is necessary. Kayaks (rated to 275lbs), life jackets, paddles, and duffle sized dry bags will also be provided. Participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and either ride with us, masked, or drive separately to the put in location (1 hour). Participants will receive a welcome email with detailed instructions and packing list prior to the trip. Please email the instructor with any questions you have about this exciting program.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 9, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Celebrate the changing seasons by heading out on a scavenger hunt! It will be fun for the whole family as you search for signs of fall. There will be an easy, moderate, and difficult scavenger hunt available. Just drop by, select the scavenger hunt page of your choice, and return completed pages for a small prize.
Registration period: September 17 - October 14
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 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, October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 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.
Registration period: September 17 - October 15
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, October 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Fried catfish? Again?! Join us for a hands on look at a whole new way to prepare your catch, if that’s okay “bayou.” This classic Louisiana dish is a fantastic way to use fish and game of all sorts, and will really add a little jazz to your table. This program is open to ages 12 with an adult needed to help the younger participants take part. Because we will be unable to fully practice social distancing, a face covering is strongly encouraged.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

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 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

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 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:00 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 and disinfected between participants. 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 rain, this program will be cancelled.

Registration period: September 17 - October 19
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 19, 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 ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.