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Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The beauty of our native flowers has inspired paintings, quilts, and many other forms of art. Now we are going to recreate their loveliness on cookies. Everyone will be decorating their own “wildflours” to take home. They will be as delicious as they are pretty.

Register by October 30

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
If you watch a spider, maybe it will spin a web and catch a fly, or maybe it will sit still on a flower to ambush a bee, or maybe it will sidle up close to a little bug and jump up to pounce on it, because there are all kinds of spiders, except vegetarians – they all have to catch their dinner one way or another. Join us to learn more about these spectacular eight-legged hunters, and please dress for the weather, because if possible, this program will include a spider hike.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday evening and then we will meet at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday morning for the field trip portion. Helmets and one headlamp will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light. Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know Missouri’s state nut? Missouri’s forests are full of different species of nut producing trees. Explore down the Ridgetop & Paw Paw Valley Trails (~0.6 miles) to look for these nutty natives.
Registration begins October 16 (ages 7-11)

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required for the program (all ages) Do you want to plant native plants at the lowest cost possible? With a little time, planning, and patience you can grow your own garden with pocket change. We will share some species specific techniques for successful seed germination and tips on taking care of your seedlings until they’re ready to plant.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR CRAFT ONLY BEGINNING OCTOBER 1 (one craft per household -only one registration necessary to secure spaces for your family) Each family will take home a tray of freshly-sown native plant seed pots.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scurry in to find out what chipmunks are chattering about as they prepare for the cold winter season. Please, no organized groups.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scurry in to find out what chipmunks are chattering about as they prepare for the cold winter season. Please, no organized groups.

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 25.
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age. Dress for the weather.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fall brings the annual migration of waterfowl to our area lakes from their breeding grounds in the north. Some will stay with us all winter and others rest and continue on their way farther south. After an indoor program we will walk to the lake and look for these winged travelers. Ages 10-adult.

Register by November 6

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 16+)
Let nature inspire you to make decorations for the season. We will provide the supplies while you bring your imagination. (This is not our annual wreath making class.)

Register by November 7

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children ages 6+) Can you survive in the wilderness? Join us as we explore the skills it takes to make it when you are lost in the forest. We will learn the basics of food, water, fire and shelter, and even try some of these skills. Dress to be outside for the entire program. Registration required for each family member attending.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (adults) Missouri forests provide crucial habitat to many species of wildlife, but they are important to people too! Trees provide us with oxygen, shade, shelter and even food. Did you also know that many have amazing medicinal qualities too?

Register by November 13

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3-5 with an adult) We bundle up in the fall and winter, but did you know animals also put on winter coats? Come in and discover some of Missouri’s critters who can add a layer of protection from the elements. Some run, some jump and some even fly! Registration required for youngster only.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create a quilt block based on that theme. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete an entire “prairie- based” quilt. The first session runs from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and the second session runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov\twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

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