MDC’s Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival Oct. 17

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Discover nature through fall family fun on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. All ages are invited to the Center's Fall Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about Missouri's "clean-up" crew.

"We'll meet the misunderstood turkey vulture in live bird presentations and take a stroll to discover more about wild scavengers on naturalist-led hikes," said Nature Center Naturalist Jordi Brostoski.

Live turkey vulture presentations offered by the Dickerson Park Zoo will be at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Guests can sit around a crackling campfire while sampling fall treats. Kids can try their hands at crafts featuring clean-up crew characters. There will also be a mushroom maze to explore while learning how fungi are also part of the clean-up crew, and an underground experience that will translate an ant's perspective.

"Fall is the perfect time to celebrate the outdoors with family and friends as temperatures become mild and fall colors emerge," 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 open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 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