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Register by December 11

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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 11

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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.

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the serenity of a winter night as you stroll along our trail. We’ll light the path for you and provide hot, winter beverages for your enjoyment. After your walk, stop inside the nature center to warm up and view our exhibits. Our trail is paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free.

Register by December 14

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday family fun. We’ll have a few different crafts for all ages to make and take home. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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 January 12

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 12

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever used leaves to create art? If you’re a beginner or a pro, come join us to create beautiful mosaics using pressed leaves. We’ll provide the leaves and the tools- you only need to bring yourself. Program is free.

Register by January 12

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 15

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 15

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who goes there? Find out which animals live near you by learning about their tracks and clues they leave behind. Program is free.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins January 2.

Register by January 16

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. You will also get a chance to identify some mammals using their skulls. Program is free

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what kind of critters live in caves? How do they live in the dark and what do they eat? Come join us on an expedition to learn about the amazing world below us and the cool creatures that live in it. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species. After all, you don’t know a tree until you see it leafless. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are not only beautiful but have many purposes. Many have healing qualities that can be used for gardening and outdoor woes. This hands-on class will include information about plants that can help with bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, and other complaints. Program is free.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Register by January 31

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Howls in the night, tracks in the mud . . . could it be a wolf? Missouri has far more coyotes and foxes, but a few wolves have been confirmed in Missouri. Researchers continue to learn more about how large predators can benefit Missouri and how to avoid conflicts with them. Conservation Department Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister is joined by Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, and Brian Chrysler, Director of Education with the world-renowned Endangered Wolf Center, to share fascinating information on the latest wolf research and findings.

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