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Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what lies beneath the water’s surface? Join us as we dive on in to learn more about our aquatic habitats and animals that call them home.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by our lobby between 1-3 pm today to visit with Jackson artist Vicki Outman as she demonstrates pastel painting techniques. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins July 1 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.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up here. If caravanning with your own vehicle, sign up under "drive yourself" event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know that a butterfly holds one of the records for the longest migration? If not, spread your wings and flutter on down to the nature center to learn about Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. You can also learn how to help scientists monitor Monarch populations each year from your home by playing tag with a butterfly.

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