MDC's Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Discover nature through fall family fun Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. All ages are invited to the center’s Fall Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. to learn about Missouri’s helpful night flyers.

“Nature doesn’t sleep,” said Jordi Brostoski, a MDC naturalist. “We’ll discover what these flying creatures are up to while we’re tucked in bed and how their work helps us.”

Live owl presentations will be offered at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Guests can sit around a crackling campfire while sampling fall snacks. Kids can try their hands at crafts featuring night-flying animals.  A moth maze will help guests explore how moths help pollinate plants and a dark room experience will demonstrate how these night flyers’ experience the world. There will also be guided walks along the trail throughout the evening.  

“Fall is the perfect time to celebrate the outdoors with family and friends, it’s also a great time to see some of nature’s night shift busy at work,” Brostoski said.

This and all other programs at the Cape Nature Center are free, due to the 1/8th of 1% state conservation sales tax. The Cape Nature Center boasts a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, hands-on exhibits for all ages, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife-viewing area. The center is located inside Cape Girardeau's North County Park, just east of Interstate 55 (Exit 99) and Kingshighway (State Highway 61).

No reservations are required for this program and all ages are welcome. More information on this and other programs can be found at