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Register by October 20

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 7-16)
Discover some common Missouri trees and their fall colors in Tower Grove Park. Learn more about how our trees are used and their importance. We will be creating leaf print shirts using fabric paint and leaves to commemorate the natural beauty and style of Autumn. Please bring in your own t-shirt! Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by October 19

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Trees are not just shade, shelter and food. Come out and discover their amazing medicinal qualities.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Students will learn to make a simple square basket using basic tools and processes. Techniques learned will be putting ribs in a slotted pine base, simple twining, basic over and under weaving, decorative chain weaving, rimming and lashing. Students will also learn shaping and spacing as they weave to achieve an attractive finished basket. (ages 12+)
All materials are provided.

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Do you love the texture and colors of fall? Join a naturalist for a fall hike to gather golden grasses, dried seeds and pops of color from berries. Learn about the native plants that work well in the landscape. Participants will then create a door swag from their bounty.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Do you love the texture and colors of fall? Join a naturalist for a fall hike to gather golden grasses, dried seeds and pops of color from berries. Learn about the native plants that work well in the landscape. Participants will then create a door swag from their bounty.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Peek behind the scenes of the Discovery Center animal exhibits. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish and see what these animals eat. A naturalist will be available to answer any of your questions.

Register by October 28

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 10–15)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 6-10)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. (ages 6-10)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Snakes, spiders and bats aren't so scary when you get to know them. Join the fun on the scariest day of the year as we learn about what makes these supposedly scary guys cool and interesting! Kids will make a fun Halloween bag using animal tracks.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

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