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Registration period: April 11 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Tour the native landscape at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: April 8 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most stunning and unique Winged Things found in the beautiful landscapes of Missouri.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have light boards and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts bead.

Registration period: April 13 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Walk the trails with Bo Brown, local wilderness expert and author of Foraging the Ozarks. He will guide you to the bounty of edible wild foods and healthful herbs found in the Ozarks. Dress for the weather and plan to hike about a mile. Ages 15-adult.
Registration period: April 13 - May 20
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here come the invasivores. During this indoor program, local wilderness expert and author of “Foraging the Ozarks,” Bo Brown will focus on some widespread wild edibles: invasive species. Learn to pick it, cook it, and eat it. His book will be available in the gift shop and Bo will be available for book signing after the program. Ages 15-adult.
Registration period: March 18 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Red, orange, yellow, and pink; flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green native plants bead.
Registration period: May 1 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn to make your own worm bin using little red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, put the resulting compost in your garden, and finally, use the little worms for fish bait. Registration required. Ages 6+
Registration period: March 18 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Red, orange, yellow, and pink; flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green native plants bead.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: March 18 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Stroll the nature center garden beds and learn about the native plants we have growing. This is a great way to learn about plants you may be considering for your own garden. After the walk we'll enjoy some teas made from some of those same native plants. This program was developed for adults, but budding botanist ages 12 and older can register and attend with an adult. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center's "A Year in Color" this program earns a green plants bead.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 15 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: May 16 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 9:30 am - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Join us as we learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly as we read a book, and discuss the Missourians for Monarchs (M4M) program. While this program is designed for those 2nd to 4th grade, anyone is welcome to attend.

Missourians for Monarchs is a group of over 45 organizations that have come together to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Over the past 20 plus years, we have seen fewer monarch butterflies. This is due to many reasons, the greatest being the loss of habitat. Missourians for Monarchs' goal is to plant pollinator habitat across the state in order to support monarchs and other pollinators. Everyone can do their part by planting milkweed and other native flowers on their land, in their gardens, or in a pot on their porch. Together, we can make Missouri a welcoming home for butterflies, bees, birds, and other pollinators.

Each person attending will need to register, or if there is a class, please let us know how many from each class will attend, and just the teacher can register.

You will receive a link to Webex by 8am the morning of the program. Please check your junkmail/spam if you haven't received it by the program time.

Registration period: April 12 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Grab your walking shoes and get a jump on summer with an urban hike through historic Parkville. Covering roughly 2.5 miles, this moderately paced and hilly hike will utilize sidewalks and a few short road segments to explore nature in this older neighborhood. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The hike will start and end at English Landing Park. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants the week prior to the hike. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 12 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Monarchs are beautiful butterflies that visit our flower gardens every summer, but did you know they go on an amazing journey? Join us for a sepecial storytime this month as we learn about monarch butterflies and the Missourians for Monarchs program. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife bead, and virtual participants are welcome to pick their bead up at the nature center after the program.

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.
Registration period: April 12 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park- Lily Pond Shelter

Session 1 of 2- registration is NOT required for both sessions.

Did someone say invasive!? Uh-oh, that’s not good. Tower Grove Park has a crazy problem- a crayfish problem! Let’s use the opportunity to learn about native and invasive crayfish to Missouri and practice trapping for science, while we help staff manage the garden.

Session 1 covers native vs invasive crayfish and trap setting. Session 2 covers trap recovery and some citizen science. Both are hands-on experiences!
Registration period: April 12 - May 25
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 9:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Tower Grove Park- Lily Pond Shelter

Session 2 of 2- registration is NOT required for both sessions.

Did someone say invasive!? Uh-oh, that’s not good. Tower Grove Park has a crazy problem- a crayfish problem! Let’s use the opportunity to learn about native and invasive crayfish to Missouri and practice trapping for science, while we help staff manage the garden.

Session 1 covers native vs invasive crayfish and trap setting. Session 2 covers trap recovery and some citizen science. Both are hands-on experiences!
Registration period: March 18 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Golds, greens, yellows, browns, and maybe an orange, peach, or red.

In celebration of "A Year in Color" Cape Nature Center is offering a monthly class focused on dyeing fiber with materials you can find and harvest nearby. Each month we’ll explore a new plant (or mushroom), how and when it can be harvested, and how it can be used to create a natural palette. This program is intended for anyone interested in dyeing with natural materials regardless of experience level; attendance every month is not required. At the end of the series you’ll have the opportunity to create something with the fiber you’ve dyed.

For May our feature plant is common milkweed. We will take time during this class to harvest milkweed; however, the area we'll harvest from is accessible from a sidewalk. Because this program goes over the lunch hour you are welcome to bring your own bag lunch.

All materials will be supplied including fiber. However, if you prefer to bring your own fiber we'll dye up to100g additional animal-based fiber.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a wild bead.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: April 15 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn more about the amazing frogs of our state! We'll hit the trails to look for some wild frogs. Please come dressed for the weather. We'll move indoors if the weather is bad. Ages 7-12.
Registration period: March 18 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 8:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest as we hike along the mighty Mississippi River on the east loop of the Peewah Trail at Trail of Tears State Park. This trail is 3.1 miles long and rated as intermediate. Ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

We will meet at the Cape Nature Center at 8:30 am and ride together in our passenger van. If you would like to drive yourself, please let Cameron know at Cameron.Johnston@mdc.mo.gov or by calling 573-290-5218. Parking may be limited. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items. Will be cancelled is poor weather.

Registration period: April 15 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Grab your trail-ready stroller or other baby carrier and let's explore the trail with the little ones. We will see what the spring rains have brought for us to enjoy. Ages 0-2.
Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Camping might sound in-tents but a Little Acorn’s camping trip is sure to be a good time! Join us as we pack a bag and head out to the campsite to learn more about this fun outdoor activity! Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.