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Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In honor of March Mammal Madness, we’ll be learning about some of Missouri’s most unique mammals! There are a lot of mammals that call Missouri home. Can you think of any? Come learn about mammals that fly, mammals with thumbs, and Missouri’s only marsupial.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 16

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Try your hand at the ancient art of origami. We will continue our celebration of the “Year of Fish” by folding an origami fish and fishbowl. All supplies will be provided.

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 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 March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 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 March 30

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 bring or send a check to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to MCHF. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The public is invited to hear Dr. David Ashley (Professor Emeritus of Biology, MWSU) give a presentation titled “Natural History of Missouri Prairie Orchids”. He will discuss the natural history and biology of two state-endangered prairie orchids based on more than 20 years of collaborative work among researchers from MWSU, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will also discuss population trends and seasonal phenology of the eastern and western white-fringed prairie orchids on the only Missouri prairies where they are still known to exist.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, is an invasive small metallic green beetle that is responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in North America, including Missouri. Join Community Forester Jennifer Behnken to learn more about this insect, how to look out for it, what it means for your ash trees, and what you can do about it.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 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.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Peeep, peep, peep, peep. Is it a bird? No! It’s a tiny frog called the spring peeper! Discover the many types of frogs at our big frog event! Take a froggy stroll to the pond, make a froggy craft, see live frogs up close, or play a froggy game. Frog Chorus presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. There’s a hopping good time for everyone! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by April 11

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Citizen Science and iNaturalist
Apr 13 • Saturday • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up)
Reservations begin March 13th

Interested in learning how you can become a Citizen Scientist? iNaturalist is a web-based, citizen science platform that enables people to document and report the richness of living things around us. This program will focus on how to use iNaturalist to help monitor the biodiversity in the Greater St. Louis Area. Digital camera, smart phone, tablet or laptop computer are highly recommended, as we will be using this technology to collect, and submit nature observations on iNaturalist, during this program.

Register by April 18

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native bees are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops and flowers. They, like honey bees, have declining populations. Join us in making a beehouse that is both functional and beautiful that you can place on your property.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You probably thought I was going to say, “April showers bring May flowers.” The increased rainfall of spring doesn’t only help plants grow, it also creates seasonal wetlands that a lot of wildlife benefit from. Come learn about the animals that use these wetlands and how they’re an important part of our yearly cycle!

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats Missouri’s Southeast region has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to make and take a fish-related craft. Enjoy a nature film in the auditorium or sit and watch the birds at our bird viewing area. There’s something for everyone at the nature center. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 19

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Create a unique, wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, or brooch. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Registration ends April 19th at 11:30 pm.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

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