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Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy an evening of celebrating nature while watching Missourians showcase their amazing talents at Powder Valley’s variety show! Participants have prepped and polished their acts and are ready to share them with you. Inspired by nature, these performances promise endless entertainment, along with a renewed appreciation for Missouri’s great outdoors.

Register by September 1

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 1

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Register by October 1

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Citizen Science Opportunity: Turtle and Crayfish Survey at Clair Gemp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area
October 2nd • Tuesday • 930am to 12pm
(Ages 3 and up)
Reservations begin September 18th.
Want to learn how to become a citizen scientist? Want to assist with research on turtle and crayfish abundance? Come join us for a brief survey of the turtles and crayfish that live in the pond at Gemp Memorial Conservation Area! We will count turtles and crayfish as well as measure and weigh some. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Please register each person separately.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by October 8

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

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Fall Bird Hike at Emmenegger Nature Park
October 9th • Tuesday • 9am to 11am
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin September 25th.
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Join us for a hike to discover some early fall birds including migrants at Emmenegger Nature Park. Trail will be approximately a 1-mile hike and moderately difficult on natural surfaces. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Binoculars and field guides will be available upon request. Please register each person individually.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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.

Register by October 12

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Register by October 18

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into garden art. As we work, we will discuss native flowers.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

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.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17.

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