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Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 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.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Come on out for a fantastic fall harvest festival. We’ll celebrate the bounty that Missouri has to offer in the fall both through human and wild animal eyes. Taste a few fall treats, enjoy a campfire, try out crafts and games, or join us for a hike. There’s so much to do at our festival!

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo as you explore the myths and superstitions that have developed regarding this traditional seasonal icon. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the general public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 23

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (adults)
The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy during this unforgettable dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, sip warm and wild native teas, and then sit back with a wild edible dessert to listen to tales around the campfire by internationally acclaimed storyteller, Molly Postlewait.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins October 1. Missouri’s mammals are a diverse group of animals. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and they’re found in every habitat. Some are easily seen, like squirrels, while others are secretive in their habits, like bears. Learn about the mammals of Missouri and the important role they have played throughout human history. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages 12-adult)
Join us for a short half-mile hike which will highlight the beautiful fall leaves of the Ozarks. Bring a bottle of water and dress for the weather.

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and sometimes they frighten us. Join us as we go on a spider spree and learn what’s great about our eight-legged neighbors. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever thought about earthworms? How does an earthworm live? What do they eat? Why are they important to the soil? Then, wiggle your way to the nature center to learn about world of earthworms.
Registration begins October 2 (ages 7-11)

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and sometimes they frighten us. Join us as we go on a spider spree and learn what’s great about our eight-legged neighbors. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The beauty of our native flowers has inspired paintings, quilts, and many other forms of art. Now we are going to recreate their loveliness on cookies. Everyone will be decorating their own “wildflours” to take home. They will be as delicious as they are pretty.

Register by October 30

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
If you watch a spider, maybe it will spin a web and catch a fly, or maybe it will sit still on a flower to ambush a bee, or maybe it will sidle up close to a little bug and jump up to pounce on it, because there are all kinds of spiders, except vegetarians – they all have to catch their dinner one way or another. Join us to learn more about these spectacular eight-legged hunters, and please dress for the weather, because if possible, this program will include a spider hike.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri, the Cave State, is home to over 7,000 natural caves. Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri as well as an introduction to caving safely and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday evening and then we will meet at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday morning for the field trip portion. Helmets and one headlamp will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light. Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain. If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short. ***Register each person individually. No one under 10 allowed during the field trip portion due to safety and proper equipment available. ***

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know Missouri’s state nut? Missouri’s forests are full of different species of nut producing trees. Explore down the Ridgetop & Paw Paw Valley Trails (~0.6 miles) to look for these nutty natives.
Registration begins October 16 (ages 7-11)

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown; these are the colors of fall. Explore different shapes and colors of leaves as we go on a leaf scavenger hunt. Learn about why leaves change and make a leaf craft.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins October 16.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 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 November 6

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 16 (ages 16+)
Let nature inspire you to make decorations for the season. We will provide the supplies while you bring your imagination. (This is not our annual wreath making class.)

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create a quilt block based on that theme. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete an entire “prairie- based” quilt. The first session runs from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and the second session runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. 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.

Register by November 15

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 6-10)
Everyone needs a place to call home! For some, it’s a hole in a tree, the bottom of a pond, or even underground. We’ll discover what animals need to survive in their special habitats.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy the splendors of November and celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking through multiple different habitats at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. What better way to relieve stress than go hiking through Southeast Missouri’s backyard. Children ages 12 and up must have an adult.
We won’t be going into areas where hunting on the refuge is taking place, however, please bring blaze orange to wear as safety precaution during hunting season. Also, bring a sack lunch, water, and any other personal items (insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.).

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

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