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Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Celebrate the wonders of nature. Join Cindy Bridges and hike the trails at Greer Spring and roam through a variety of Ozark settings while you do some birding and learn about the habits and habitats of the birds you find. You never know what awaits at the next bend in the trail. Hikers will meet at Greer river access at 9:00 a.m. or at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center at 8:00 a.m. to shuttle to Greer. All ages are welcome. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Cluck, Purr, GOBBLE! The wild turkey is our largest native bird and the sounds of tom turkeys gobbling is a sure sign of spring. Join us as we learn about the history of turkey populations in Missouri and the work that has been done to restore their populations. Bring your turkey calls and learn how to use them with some expert callers. Learn about hunting methods and safety precautions that will help you in the turkey woods. Children can make some turkey art using real turkey feathers.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 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, April 6, 2019 - 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, April 6, 2019 - 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.

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 16

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Pine Needlers continues as you work on the seventh block to your “prairie” themed quilt. This month learn about the bob white quail, what can be done to reduce its decline in population and improve the Missouri prairie land it calls home. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Pine Needlers continues as you work on the seventh block to your “prairie” themed quilt. This month learn about the bob white quail, what can be done to reduce its decline in population and improve the Missouri prairie land it calls home. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

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.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a day of learning about the wide variety of native plants that can suit your landscaping needs. You will learn about and make a "seed ball" to get an easy head start on planting native seeds of grasses and flowers. You can also learn about native trees and how they can add long-lasting value and beauty to your landscape. We will be giving away free native plant and tree seedlings for you to take home and plant. We will offer guided landscape tours along with opportunities to ask experts for advice on how to improve your landscape with native plants. There will activities for the whole family!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be on site to offer a native plant sale. Grow Native! vendors will be on hand with a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Vendors will contribute a percentage of plant sale proceeds to benefit MPF's prairie conservation in Missouri. Visit https://moprairie.org for participating vendors and information about preordering.

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!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 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, April 20, 2019 - 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.

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 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.

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 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

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.

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