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Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
As you explore outdoors, have you ever come across an animal skull? A skull will give you all the evidence you need to identify which animal it came from. Teeth, eye sockets, and even the overall shape of a skull can provide great clues. Come on in and use new skills to identify the skulls of a few of Missouri’s wild animals.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover one of the forest’s sweetest gifts. Maple sugaring is rich in history and still practiced today. Learn the history, equipment, and process of making maple syrup. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

Register by February 12

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster attending only.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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. Program is free.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
Who’s been walking through my backyard? The tracks and other signs animals leave behind can tell us many things about them. Join us as we learn how to tell who has been in your neighborhood and where they might be going. Dress to be outside for this program. Registration required for all family members attending.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by between 1-3 pm today to visit with wildlife photographer Sharon Tuschhoff. She has been a wildlife photographer for about 12 years and loves all nature photography- macro, landscape, flowers, birds-but her favorite is wildlife, specifically bears. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Owls have incredible adaptations that make them perfect nocturnal hunters. Join us as we learn about these amazing birds. We will find out Who lives here and learn their calls, and even dissect some owl pellets.

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather. This month we will be exploring the topic of Maple Sugaring

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Sit around the fire and discover nature through the stories of Lewis and Clark. These two, along with the Corps of Discovery, traveled west discovering new plants and animals as they went. How have things changed since then? Stop by to hear a tale or two and enjoy a hot beverage as you warm yourself by the fire. Please bring a chair and blanket for our lawn. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by February 20

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning January 1 (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees. A portion of the program (15-25 minutes) will be outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for all attending.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

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