Join MDC to Cruise a Creek in Jackson July 19

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Naturalists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will lead a Creek Cruisin' event Saturday, July 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hubble Creek in Jackson City Park.

Sara Turner, manager of the nature center, said this program's purpose is to serve as a reminder that nature is all-around us, even within the city limits.

"We'll dip-net, seine and explore the creek while wading in the water to find aquatic insects, small fish and maybe some other critters," Turner said.

She said it's important to monitor species that live in creeks because it offers a glimpse at how clean the water is and how healthy the ecosystem is.

"The science of keeping track of our clean water is very important, but it's also important to make opportunities for adults and children to play in a creek and get comfortable with nature," she said. "Some of the most fun times spent outdoors involve wading in creeks."

Turner said those who wish to attend should meet at the low water bridge along Hubble Creek at 1:30 p.m. on July 19. Youth and adult groups are welcome to attend and no registration is required for this event. For more information, contact the nature center at (573) 290-5218.