Make this year special with MDC Cape Nature Center’s nature-themed holiday gifts

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Searching for perfect gifts to surprise nature lovers this year? The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and online Nature Shop makes holiday shopping a breeze for those interested in the outdoors.

And this year holiday shoppers can skip retail stores and visit Cape Nature Center from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11 for an additional 20% off an array of already reasonably priced, nature-themed holiday gifts!

MDC Nature Shop offerings include:

  • 2022 Natural Events Calendar ($9) has amazing images of native animals, plants, and places, along with phases of the moon, holidays and days of recognition, daily notes about natural events, and more.
  • Cooking Wild in Missouri cookbook ($16) features more than 100 recipes for native game, fish, fruits, nuts, and mushrooms.
  • Trees of Missouri ($8) field guide can help identify more than 170 tree species by leaf arrangement and shape, with easy-to-understand descriptions, range maps, and full-color illustrations.
  • A Paddlers Guide to Missouri ($8) makes a great gift for canoeists, kayakers, and floaters with color photos and maps and descriptions of 58 rivers and streams.
  • Missouri’s Wild Mushrooms book ($16) is a great guide for hunting, identifying, and cooking the state's most common mushrooms.
  • Discover Missouri Natural Areas, Second Edition ($19.95) helps nature lovers experience 50 great examples of our state’s natural heritage. The new edition features updated maps, text, references, and scientific names.
  • A Key to Missouri Trees in Winter ($5) is back in print with clear black-and-white illustrations, descriptions, and maps for each of the 123 different species featured.
  • The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri, Third Edition ($29) has been updated and expanded to a 522-page illustrated guide that provides descriptions, distribution, habitats, habits, breeding, and other information on nearly 130 species of native salamanders, toads, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes.

Buy these and other items at MDC nature centers, through the MDC online Nature Shop or by calling 877-521-8632. Order early in anticipation of slower shipping deliveries. Applicable tax, shipping, and handling costs will apply. The presence/absence of the MDC Permit Card does not impact the 20% off discount valid only Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You can also give the gift of hunting and fishing permits for hunters and anglers on your list. Buy permits from vendors around the state, online here, or through the MDC free mobile apps – Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing – available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

Let MDC help make this holiday memorable with nature-themed gifts for the entire family. Find a nature center near you here.

Stay in touch

The Cape Nature Center sends program registration reminders and updates to those who sign up by texting “MDC Nature” to 468311. 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.

Cape Girardeau Nature Center is located at 2289 County Park Dr. in Cape Girardeau, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. White Oak Trace Trails are open daily, from sunrise – 10 p.m.