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Bear Paint Pour
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a Bear Paint Pour, Jan. 9, as well as a full schedule of other FREE nature programs in January. Find all the programs with complete information at www.mdc.mo.gov/southeastevents.
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Cape Nature Center opens 2020 with Bear Paint Pour, Campfire Stories, Field to Freezer programs

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Southeast
Jan 03, 2020

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a Bear Paint Pour, Jan. 9, as well as a full schedule of other FREE nature programs in January. 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 www.mdc.mo.gov/southeastevents.

Turner said Nature and the Arts, Saturday, Jan. 25, will be extra special this month, featuring naturally inspired art. Live music and a chance to meet the artists begin at 1 p.m. and last until 4 p.m. Groups are welcome and registration is not required.

Also notable is the Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian, Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. MDC’s Wildlife Veterinarian, Sherri Russell, will visit the center and give guests a behind the scenes look at her job and the work surrounding wildlife health management for bears, grouse, deer and fish. Registration is required for this event at https://bit.ly/2SM5nWF. Ages seven and up are welcome to attend.

“This opportunity to interact with MDC’s wildlife veterinarian is truly special,” Turner said. “Sherri is very knowledgeable and will be a great person for young people especially, to interact with as they explore career possibilities.”

Turner said it’s important to check program information and register in advance if required at www.mdc.mo.gov/southeastevents.

January programs include:

  • Nature Art: Bear Paint Pour, Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., ages 8 and up.  Register in advance. 
  • Outdoor Cooking: Dutch Oven Bread, Friday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., ages 12 and up. Register in advance.
  • Conservation Kids: Outdoor Cooking, Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., ages 7-11.  Register in advance.
  • Little Acorns: Nature’s Drummers, Saturday, Jan. 11, or Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., ages 3-6.  Register in advance.
  • Trees: Winter Tree ID, Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., all ages. Register in advance.
  • Discover Nature: Campfire Stories, Friday, 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., all ages. No registration required.
  • Hiking: Millstream Gardens Conservation Area, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ages 12 and up. Register in advance.
  • Field to Freezer:  Processing a Rabbit and Making Stew, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., ages 16 and up. Register in advance.
  • Birds: Winter Birding 101, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., all ages. No registration required.
  • Homeschool: Animal Investigators, Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., ages 10-15. Register in advance.
  • Homeschool: Animal Investigators, Thursday, Jan. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., ages 6-10. Register in advance.
  • Nature Art: Cape Needlers, Thursday, Jan. 23,  from 6 to 7:30 p.m., ages 16 and up. Register in advance.
  • Babes in the Woods: Regal Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., ages 0-2.  Register in advance.
  • Nature Art: Nature and the Arts, Saturday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., all ages. No registration required.
  • Wildlife: A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian, Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., ages 7 and up. Register in advance.
  • Discover Nature: Nature Center Trivia Night, Friday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., ages 12 and up. Register one team member in advance.

Nature center guests can conveniently manage program registration online at www.mdc.mo.gov/southeastevents. The first step in registering for a program is creating an account, then signing up for future programs is simple. Once someone creates an account 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 www.mdc.mo.gov. 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 www.mdc.mo.gov/southeastevents. 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.

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