Cape Girardeau Nature Center full of fun for area youth

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The newness of summer may have worn off, but according to Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) naturalists at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, the newness never wears off when kids keep discovering nature all year long. That’s why the naturalists have a full itinerary of events scheduled for the last month of summer vacation.

“Even when it’s hot outside, we have cooler options inside the nature center as well as some programs that take the kids outside to discover nature at a waterway where it’s cooler,” said Nature Center Manager Sara Turner.

She explained that kids' clubs at the Nature Center are divided by age. “Tadpoles” are shared nature experiences for infants through two-year olds with attending adults. “Mudpuppies” are 45-minute programs for 3-6 year olds. “Snappers” are programs for ages 7-11. “Racers” are for ages 12-15.

Upcoming kid’s club activities include:

Snappers – Insectigation

Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

August is a “hot” time for insects! Don’t “bug-out” on this session, as we will collect, study and observe as many insects as we can find. Will it be fun? You “beetle” believe it! Registration begins Aug 1 and is required by Aug. 11.

Mudpuppies - Nocturnal Neighbors

Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 am and 1 pm. and Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Do you ever wonder what goes bump in the night? No need to be afraid, just help us discover some of Missouri’s secretive, night animals that love the dark. Registration begins Aug. 1 and is required by Aug.11.

Tadpoles - Let's Go South

Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11 a.m.

August in Missouri is a time when critters start to think about the coming cold, winter months. We’ll learn about what animals and plants do to prepare for winter. Registration begins Aug. 1 and is required by Aug. 25

Racers - Down Under

Saturday, Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Caves are very fragile and vital ecosystems. Learn the importance of cave conservation as we put on our helmets and explore the underground habitat that many rare and unusual animals call home. Registration begins Aug. 1 and is required by Aug. 25.

For more information these programs or to register, call 573-290-5218.

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located on the north side of Cape Girardeau County Park. Normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.