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Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 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.

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 21, 2019 - 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 are fed every other week (June 7 & 21).

Register by June 4

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

If you enjoy being creative and all things rustic, what better way to add a special piece to your home than to put it together yourself. Join Twin Pines volunteer, Linda Strauch and make a broom using sassafras and native grasses common to the Missouri Ozarks. Materials are provided. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Make a reservation by calling 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 22

Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9-12) Before and after care available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Camp and extended care are both free of charge. Becoming an urban xplorer is as simple as taking a step outdoors. In our summer camp you will xplor the wonders of nature by learning outdoor skills, visiting an urban cultural site and utilizing nature within art. Field trips will be a part of your xploring, You will get to canoe, fish, hike and xplor a stream. Make plans now to become an urban xplorer this summer.
Applications will be available April 1 at the Discovery Center and on our website, https://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter. Applications will be accepted through April 22. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1. Partial funding for this program comes from Missouri Parks Association's "Urban Populations Outreach Program."

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) 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.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) 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.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) 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.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ornithology: Winged Wonders

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild! Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
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.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
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.

Register by June 20

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Little Blue Trace Trail

Registration required (adults)
Let’s go foraging down by the Little Blue River. Meet at the 24-Highway shelter house. Bring your cameras, smart phones, ID books and water bottles. There are no facilities at this site.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Ever wondered how to use natural items to use as dyes? Deb Cambron from Herbs ‘n Handspun will provide an indigo dye demonstration followed by the creation and use of a dye vat. Participants should bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or any other 100% natural fiber item/fabric to dye.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week by participating in project ‘Bee Spotter’. We will learn about the importance of native bees as pollinators and then head outside to collect data that will be used to learn about bee populations in our area. Smart phone or camera recommended.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 18+)
Deb Cambron from Herbs ‘n Handspun will provide an in-depth presentation on the history of indigo, its use, chemical composition, and dye process. The presentation will be followed with the development of the dye vat and then actually dying items. Participants should bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or any other 100% natural fiber item/fabric to dye.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join Little Stinkers as the group takes a look at the daily life of a box turtle through the book, “Box Turtle at Long Pond,” by William T. George. Find out how the turtle uses what is in its environment to make a meal, only to lose that meal in order to avoid being eaten by a raccoon. Written from the turtle’s perspective, this story is a great introduction to pond ecology. Then stay and enjoy the Turtle Box Races. This program is designed for the preschool child up to second grade. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Vertebrate? Invertebrate? What’s that? Join the Nature Nuts and learn the difference between these two divisions of the animal kingdom and the types of animals that make up these groups. Be sure to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the outdoors. Nature Nuts is designed for ages 7 to 12. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. 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.

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