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Register by October 28

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 10–15)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 6-10)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 6-10)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by November 2

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

The chilling of the air and changing of the leaves are the best signs of fall, but what causes the rainbow of autumn colors that brighten the season. Join us for an in depth look at the science behind fall colors. We will learn what conditions make for particularly spectacular displays and what animals rely on the leaves once they fall. (all ages)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Crisp fall air and colorful leaves tell us it is time to harvest nuts. Missouri's trees provide us with some healthy and tasty treats. We will explore the varieties we have and how to use them. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (0-36 months)
Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods.

Register by November 4

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecone crafts are for kids. Right? NO! They shouldn't get all the fun. We will learn all about pinecones and the trees that produce them. Afterwards, we are painting and creating flowers out of the pinecones. You can use these in a wide variety of home décor projects. Makes a great holiday gift. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In negative painting, you do not paint the subject itself. You will paint the negative, which are the shapes around, between, and behind the leaves, stems, and branches. You will be adding one layer of leaves and branches behind another layer. Each new layer will show darker and take you further into the background. No experience with watercolor painting required. We will learn about the function of plant leaves and the names of leaf shapes. All supplies are provided. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 6

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Late fall and early winter are times for reflection in the garden. As frost settles on the landscape and plants go dormant for the winter, conscious clean-up can begin. Many of our native species overwinter in leaf litter, stems and underground. What you leave and how you leave it greatly impacts the diversity of flora and fauna alike in the spring. Join our native landscape specialists to see how they handle cutting, clean-up, brush piles and more.

Register by November 6

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (families)
What’s with all those little hard capped nuts in our yards? Join us to discover the reasons why Missouri’s oak trees drop so many acorns. These nuts are a staple for many of Missouri’s wild critters.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

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