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Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins July 17 and ends August 7 (ages 16+) phone 573-290-5218.
Enjoy a float from Trail of Tears State Park to Red Star Access on North America’s largest river—the mighty Mississippi! Eat lunch on a sandbar and explore the river with expert guides. This is for experienced paddlers only and participants must attend the Friday night session about navigation, river flows, hazards, and other important information in order to participate in the float. Navigating the river requires skill and strength, please consider your personal fitness before signing up. No first timers on this trip! Registration will be by phone, please call 573-290-5218.
NOTES:
Participants need to attend the Friday pre-float meeting at the nature center.

Participants need to meet at Red Star Access at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning for transportation to Trail of Tears State Park. Individuals that are bringing their own boats can drop off their boats at Trail of Tears from 6:45-7:10 am, they can then drive to Red Star Access to leave their vehicle and catch the shuttle.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDS/Life Jackets) are required.

Please bring your lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, water shoes (no flip-flops), shorts, etc.

Float consists of 13 river miles and is dependent on weather and river stages. The river flows at 5 mph on average.
A support boat will be present at all times and will be used to carry water coolers. Personal gear should be light enough to be carried in their boat.

Experienced = i.e. participants who have more than one year of experience paddling rivers like the Current, Missouri, or Black, OR participants who have participated in a large river float before on rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri.

Register by August 11

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Prep your performance for a chance to be included in a night of talent celebrating nature in Missouri! Share your songs, animal calls, jokes, dancing, and much more at Powder Valley’s Nature’s Got Talent Variety Show. Performances must be under 5 minutes and related to Missouri nature. Please register here for an audition between 9 a.m. and noon. Auditions within this time slot will be held on a first come, first served basis.

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Become a Citizen Scientist! Break out your magnifying glass and help us survey the caterpillars of Burr Oak Woods! We will track the number and variety of butterfly species in the native gardens around the nature center by looking for larva, adults and maybe even a chrysalis. Create a life cycle craft while supplies last. Just drop by and join in the fun.

Register by August 11

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Prep your performance for a chance to be included in a night of talent celebrating nature in Missouri! Share your songs, animal calls, jokes, dancing, and much more at Powder Valley’s Nature’s Got Talent Variety Show. Performances must be under 5 minutes and related to Missouri nature. Please register here for an audition between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Auditions within this time slot will be held on a first come, first served basis.

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Become a Citizen Scientist! Break out your magnifying glass and help us survey the caterpillars of Burr Oak Woods! We will track the number and variety of butterfly species in the native gardens around the nature center by looking for larva, adults and maybe even a chrysalis. Create a life cycle craft while supplies last. Just drop by and join in the fun.

Register by August 15

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3–6)
*Please register each child.

Reservations begin August 1.
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.

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of 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 August 16

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever have problems with wildlife in your yard? Join us at the nature center to learn how you can manage the nuisance wildlife on your property.

Date: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us, but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No Registration Required! All Ages Welcome!

Love Hummingbirds? Come join Lanny Chambers, a local hummingbird expert and bander! Come see how these birds are trapped and banded before they make their long journey south for the winter. Bands are a way for scientists to track migration and population status.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Health products made from natural materials have evolved alongside humans throughout history. But in this generation, we have all but forgotten this useful skill. Join us to learn how to make your medicinals, salves and soaps from the greens in your own backyard.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga lead by Nella Yoga instructors, followed by a naturalist lead walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Big or small turtles have been around for a long time. Check out these shelled animals while we learn about what makes turtles special. Don’t forget to check out our Turtle Mania Event later in the day. Registration begins May 1. Ages 0-2.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 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, August 18, 2018 - 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, August 18, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Saturday, August 18th
1pm to 4pm
All Ages Welcome!
No Registration Required!
Sherie Tevebaugh is a Missouri Wildlife
feather painter. Formerly a muralist,
this mother of four decided to change
to a smaller pallet. “Missouri’s wildlife is
so amazing! I love striving to paint and
portray each animal as realistically as
I possibly can. I like to try to get every
feather or individual hair on each bird
or animal to make them appear as real
as possible. I want to instill a love for
our wildlife in the hearts of everyone
who sees my paintings” she says. Why
feathers? “Feather painting is unusual to
say the least and I love the challenge of
painting, blending, and portraying our
Missouri wildlife, but on such a difficult
medium and with a tiny paintbrush and
tiny dabs of paint. “

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
We will participate in the Butterflies and Moths of North America project. Citizen scientists of all ages and experience levels can participate by taking photographs of butterflies and moths and then submitting their observations. Data collected helps scientists understand more about these beautiful pollinators.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a turtle-tastic time! Shelled, clawed, and scaled, turtles are some of the oldest creatures on earth. Stop by to learn about the species in our state and how these unusual beings survive. We’ll have turtle-themed crafts and activities as well as live turtles to see. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 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 August 21

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Register by August 17

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required online starting July 23 (adults) Let's sink a fork into flathead catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, gar, carp, buffalo and drum. These fish may not be beautiful to some eyes, but they can definitely be delicious! We'll start our 2018 Field to Fork Series by learning the special ways to clean these very unique fish. Then we'll have Chefs Sean Kirby and Chad Tillman of Local Seasons Catering and Events and Chef JC Gregg of Covet Bakery teach us how to turn these denizens of the deep into tasty dishes. Registration for this class is online with a minimum of twenty participants for the program to take place. Registration is not complete until we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit.
Deposits should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver them to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor confirming your reservation within two working days of receiving your deposit.

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Ages 3 to 6
930am to 11am
**Register each child and adult separately**

Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We'll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt!

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