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Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy the splendors of November and celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking through multiple different habitats at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. What better way to relieve stress than go hiking through Southeast Missouri’s backyard. Children ages 12 and up must have an adult.
We won’t be going into areas where hunting on the refuge is taking place, however, please bring blaze orange to wear as safety precaution during hunting season. Also, bring a sack lunch, water, and any other personal items (insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.).

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Fur is an important part of survival for Missouri’s mammals. It can insulate, camouflage or even send a message. During this program you will get to see and touch the pelts of many different mammals (no live animals will be present).

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Missouri is home to a wide array of animals and therefore habitats. This class will explore the main habitats of Missouri and how our wildlife uses them to survive, this class will also include a short hike to visit some habitat types around Rockwoods Reservation (Partial Lime Kiln Trail Hike, Difficulty: Easy)

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17.

Register by November 20

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 6.
Pressing flowers and leaves is a great way to preserve the beauty of summer and fall. Create greeting cards and an ornament for the holidays using some Missouri plants. We will also learn more about how you can grow them at your own homes.

Register by November 20

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 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. A portion of the program will be outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster only.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

The wild turkey is one of Missouri’s most popular game birds. In honor of Thanksgiving, stop by our display to learn more about the bird that almost became our national symbol.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season has to offer. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 20. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381. Reservations can be made on line at www.mdc.mo.gov\twinpines or by calling 888-283-0364.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) One of Missouri’s largest birds, the wild turkey, is fun to watch and popular with hunters. They are common here now, but at one time there were very few turkeys in the state. Join us as we take flight with this colorful, magnificent bird. We will also uncover some turkey myths along the way.

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Badgers digging in the prairies, otters playing in the rivers, minks hunting in the lowlands –what do they have in common with each other? Learn how these interesting predators in the weasel family have different adaptations that help them live in such different parts of the habitat.

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 14.
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. Please dress for the weather; however, this program will be canceled due to inclement weather.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature’s Nook Book Club
Nov 30 • Friday • 9:30–11 a.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 30.
This month we will be discussing Merlin Tuttle’s Book The Secret Lives of BATS. This book tells Tuttle’s adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammal.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for an evening with Noppadol Paothong, photographer for the Missouri
Department of Conservation. Nop’s amazing photography has been featured in the
Conservationist and Xplor Magazines, and many others including National Audubon,
Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy. He’ll be talking about his experiences
photographing monarchs, sharing photos and technical information, and speaking
to the importance of all pollinators. He’ll also talk about the development of habitat
to benefit pollinators, much of what you can do even in your backyard.
Monarchs are a well-known and loved creature in the pollinator world. Few animals
inspire as much devotion and study as the monarch butterfly. Its 3,000 mile migration
from Canada to Mexico and back to the Gulf Coast states in the spring has served as a
symbol of beauty and mystery. Now, National Geographic says monarch populations
are declining at an alarming rate, due to illegal logging in Mexico, wildfires, drought,
and a drastic loss of their crucial milkweed habitat in the United States.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Program is free.
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all 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 December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It’s the time of year for gift giving! Use nature as an inspiration to make a few gifts for your loved ones. To keep it a surprise, parents won’t be allowed to join. Parents may drop participants off at 10 AM and should return by 11:30 AM.
Registration begins November 15 (ages 7-11)

Register by December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Birds of a feather flock to the feeders during the cold winter months. Learn about some special birds that we only see in the winter season and make a simple bird feeder to take home.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins November 15.

Register by December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Birds of a feather flock to the feeders during the cold winter months. Learn about some special birds that we only see in the winter season and make a simple bird feeder to take home.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins November 15.

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