MDC Cape Nature Center presents natural egg dyeing program

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Natural Egg Dyeing on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

"Native plants can create stunning eggs for Easter," said Jordi Brostoski, MDC naturalist at the center.

Brostoski will lead the group in the process of using native plants and kitchen scraps to create nature-printed eggs in a range of colors.

"We'll supply the eggs, plants and dye," Brostoski said.

Some native plants used in making common dyes include pokeweed, Osage orange, walnut, and sassafras. Brostoski said knowing how to use native plants in our regular activities, like celebrating holidays, helps to understand and appreciate nature in general.

"So often we might go to the store to get something artificially made, when we could just step outside and find what we need if we're educated on what it is, where to find it, and how to use it," she said.

This event is free, but seating is limited. To register, call (573)290-5218.

For more information about this and other nature programs at the Cape Nature Center, go online to

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located inside Cape Girardeau's North County Park, just east of Interstate 55 (Exit 99) and Kingshighway (State Highway 61).