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Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 8:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 8:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It’s time to break out the point-and-shoot, dust off the DSLR, or polish up the cell phone camera.

Our theme for this year is “A Year in Color” and we’re inviting you to join our celebrations as we host a photography contest.

Submit your photo(s) that best represent color and nature in Missouri for the chance to have your photo displayed in the nature center during the month of October. All photos must be taken between January 1 and September 1, 2022 and submitted prior to 5:00pm Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Submissions will be judged by MDC staff and volunteers within the following categories:

Children up to 12 years old

Children 13-17 years old

Adults 18+

Professional photographers

Age categories are based on the person’s age at the time the photo was taken, and professional photographers are defined as someone consistently compensated for their photography work.

First and second place photos from each category, as well as honorable mentions, will be mounted and displayed as part of our temporary art exhibit during October. Each photo will include an identification card with the photographer’s name and the location and date the photo was taken. Photos will not be used by the Department beyond the specified exhibit and will be returned to the photographer at the end of the exhibit. Photos can be submitted via email, USB drive, or other data storage device and should be no less than 2100x2100 pixels. Photos submitted via email should be sent to CapeNC@mdc.mo.gov titled “Photo contest + last name + category”.

Please contact the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center if you have any questions.

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: 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: 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: March 18 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location or box filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and GPS use. Then we’ll hit the trails to find some “treasure.” For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.
Registration period: April 12 - May 30
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 9:00 am - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake

What better way to spend time with your grandkids than fishing and canoeing? This camp is part of our “Grand Adventure” Series targeted at students aged 6-12 and their grandparents. Activities will be at a beginner level and all instruction and supplies will be provided; you are welcome to sign up for any number of these half day adventures. Please make sure to register everyone that will be attending.

For this program participants will meet at Tywappity Community Lake near Chaffee, Missouri. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and water, with quick drying clothes or swimwear and a water bottle. A more detailed itinerary and packing list will be provided prior to the event. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.
Registration period: April 26 - May 31
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:00 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:30 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet VIRTUALLY 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 typically be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm via WebEx. Please download the app to your prior to the first meeting, if you plan to watch via your phone. If you plan to utilize a laptop or PC, you can use your web browser (Microsoft Edge is the recommended browser).

You will be emailed the link to the WebEx prior to the meeting. You will also receive the digital templates, photographs of examples, and information cards the morning after each meeting.
Registration period: April 12 - May 31
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 1, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Explore the forest at the nature center with the eyes of a naturalist. During this program we’ll stop to smell the flowers, explore the microscopic world in the undergrowth, and test our senses as we take in the beauty of a Missouri forest. This camp is part of our “Grand Adventure” Series targeted at students aged 6-12 and their grandparents. Activities will be at a beginner level and all instruction and supplies will be provided; you are welcome to sign up for any number of these half day adventures. Please make sure to register everyone that will be attending.

For this program participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring athletic or hiking type shoes, and a water bottle. A more detailed itinerary and packing list will be provided prior to the event. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow adventure bead.
Registration period: April 12 - June 1
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 9:00 am - Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Old Plantation Access

Missouri’s many clear-running streams are nature’s waterpark. These habitats are filled with sun, fun, and all sorts of amazing creatures and discoveries to explore! This camp is part of our “Grand Adventure” Series targeted at students aged 6-12 and their grandparents. Activities will be at a beginner level and all instruction and supplies will be provided; you are welcome to sign up for any number of these half day adventures.

For this program participants will meet at Old Plantation Access Conservation Area west of Millersville, Missouri. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and water, with quick drying clothes or swimwear, water shoes, and a water bottle. A more detailed itinerary and packing list will be provided prior to the event. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:30 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 5:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
The Red Cross blood supply is at a critical low point and the supply to hospitals has been restricted due to shortages. Now more than ever your blood donation will make a difference. Maybe a life or death difference. The nature center is hosting a drive and you can make an appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=MODeptConservation. If you are unable to donate yourself, please recruit others who can donate.
Registration period: April 12 - June 2
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, June 3, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let’s get our creative brains pumping! This morning of nature crafts and campfire cooking is sure to please. This camp is part of our “Grand Adventure” Series targeted at students aged 6-12 and their grandparents. Activities will be at a beginner level and all instruction and supplies will be provided; you are welcome to sign up for any number of these half day adventures. For this program participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and some time on the trails, with athletic or hiking shoes and a water bottle. A more detailed itinerary and packing list will be provided prior to the event. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a purple craft and cooking bead.
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022 5:00 pm - Friday, June 3, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a fun evening fishing with your family at the Cape Nature Center. The Kid’s Pond will be available for those 15 years old and younger and the lake in Cape County Park North will be available for adults and families. A fishing permit is not required for people fishing at this event. We will have fishing poles and bait available to checkout. IF you are fishin’ but not catchin’, we will also have some other “fishy” activities. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.

Registration period: May 13 - June 4
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Whether they are basking on a log or slowly crossing your path, turtles are always a delight to see. Come and learn how to identify some of Missouri’s turtles, debunk some of the myths surrounding turtles, and meet some live turtles. This naturalist-led, virtual presentation is designed for ages 6 and up but all are welcome. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: May 13 - June 4
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 4, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Stroll the nature center garden beds and learn about the native plants growing there and think about native plants you may be considering for your own garden. After the walk we will enjoy 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 plant bead.
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, June 4, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Whether they are basking on a log or slowly crossing your path, turtles are always a delight to see. Come and learn how to identify some of Missouri’s turtles, debunk some of the myths surrounding turtles, and meet some live turtles. This naturalist-led presentation will take place in the auditorium and is designed for ages 6 and up but all are welcome. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: April 12 - June 6
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 9:00 am - Thursday, June 9, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
This year the Nature Center is celebrating the beautiful colors of Missouri, and Kid’s camp is going to get a whole lot more colorful! Join us for three days of trails, snails, water, and adventure. Camp will run from 9am-4pm daily with snacks, equipment, and trained staff provided. A full packing list and itinerary will be provided prior to camp. For those participating in our “A Year in Color,” this program will earn all 6 beads. This makes you eligible for enter the drawing of your choice at the end of camp.
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Let’s go camping! Camping can be a fun way to get outside and explore with your family. Come to the nature center to learn how to set up your campsite and how to stay safe. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Let’s go camping! Camping can be a fun way to get outside and explore with your family. Come to the nature center to learn how to set up your campsite and how to stay safe. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: April 4 - June 3
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:00 pm - Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:30 pm
Youth Jug Fishing Clinic will be hosted by MDC and the Army Corp of Engineers at the Redman Recreation Area, below Bill Emerson Visitor Center, Wappapello, MO. This event is for youth ages 8-15 years old, it will start at 5pm and will last until after midnight. The event will consist of a fish fry for dinner, multiple stations including safety and regulations, fish biology, and a jug making station. Youth will then spend the rest of the evening out on boats with MDC employees and Conservation Agents jugging for fish. (Parents/guardians can attend all of the evening, but will not be able to accompany this youth while on the boats)
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:00 pm - Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
During warm summer nights, nature provides us with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. The creator of this lightshow is the tiny firefly. Bring the whole family out for fun firefly activities, crafts, and presentations as we learn all about these amazing insects. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Let’s go camping! Camping can be a fun way to get outside and explore with your family. Come to the nature center to learn how to set up your campsite and how to stay safe. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, June 16, 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 8 - June 16
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 16, 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: May 9 - June 16
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 16, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area
This program is aimed for the kids, or those that are kids at heart. Come learn about the Eastern Turkey while creating a resin keychain out of a turkey feather. You can bring your own feather, or one will be supplied for you. This is a hands-on class and will require participants to listen closely to instruction while working with resin. Participants must be at least 16 years of age (or have an adult present for the entire class) to participate.