Cape Nature Center announces November programs, including a Fall hike

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has a full schedule of programs planned for November. Some programs require registration in advance, so Cape Nature Center Manager Sara Turner said it’s important guests familiarize themselves with MDC’s event website for the center at

Turner said November is a great month to hike. Naturalists will lead a hike at Hawn State Park on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Late autumn is a great time to see the splendor of the Mississippi River bluffs,” Turner said. “This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills, so we want guests to be prepared for that with good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.”

Registration is required to attend the hike and guests are advised to bring a refillable water bottle and snack if needed.

Turner said the nature center has age-specific programs that occur throughout each month, such as Babes in the Woods, Little Acorns and Conservation Kids. Babes in the Woods is specifically designed to give infants and toddlers up to two years old an introduction to nature. Little Acorns is for children ages three to six, and Conservation Kids is for children ages seven to 11.

“One size doesn’t always fit all, so we have programs that happen every month that are designed for the specific needs of these age groups,” Turner said. “This tailoring to age ranges helps to engage children where their needs are at each age and gives them a wonderful foundation of nature knowledge to build on as they get older.

November programs at the nature center include:

  • Hiking: Hawn State Park Hike, Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ages 12 and up. Register in advance.
  • Homeschool: Wild Edibles, Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 15, or Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 10. Register in advance.
  • Conservation Kids: Hibernation Hike at Lake Tywappity, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ages 7 to 11. Register in advance.
  • Little Acorns: Whitetail Wonder, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 9 to 10 a.m., ages 3 to 6.  Register in advance.
  • Wildlife: Feeding Frenzy, Thursday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m., all ages. No registration required.
  • Nature Art: Magazine Collages, Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., ages 12 and up.  Register in advance. 
  • Babes in the Woods: What’s Wild? Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., ages 0 to 2.  Register in advance.
  • Outdoor Skills: Dutch Oven Cooking, Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., ages 12 and up. Register in advance.

Nature center guests can conveniently manage program registration online at The first step in registering for a program is creating a profile, then signing up for future programs is simple. Once someone creates a profile and registers for an event, they will receive details about programs they’ve registered for.

“Another popular feature we offer is our texting subscription,” Turner said.

The nature center sends program registration reminders and updates to those who sign up by texting, MDC Nature, to 468311. Turner said an online subscription is also available to “sign up for updates” at A variety of updates are available at this option, but Cape Girardeau specific updates are available under facility updates and news for southeast region.

Find information about age specific monthly programs, such as Little Acorns, Babes in the Woods and Conservation Kids, as well as other programs at Events at the nature center are free, thanks to the 1/8th of 1 percent Conservation State Sales Tax. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature is located inside Cape County Park North, just east of I-55 exit 99.