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Registration period: October 6 - November 26
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:30 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This ladies wing shooting program and duck hunt is designed for those who are new to/or are beginning duck hunters. This is a 2-day commitment.

On Saturday November 27th, you will meet at the Duck Creek Conservation Area Headquarters (Brown Building) where we will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, distance estimation, along with a duck wing ID, and practice wing shooting. Dress appropriately as we will be outside for most of the event. Please bring a 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun, along with steel shot to match your shotgun. If you do not have access to a shotgun, please let me know.

Early morning on Friday December 3rd, you will meet with your duck hunting guide at the Southeast Missouri location that your guide will designate. You will duck hunt the morning of Friday December 3rd. (Many locations will need waders and your guide will let you know prior to the Friday December 3rd if you will need them. If you do not have access to waders, please let me know)

Ladies need to have completed the Hunter Education course prior the first day of the event.

A confirmation email and list of “what to bring the day of the hunt” will be sent closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bradshaw: sara.bradshaw@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: October 15 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Join us for an evening of music right here at the nature center! Musical duo Carter and Connelley are a regional treasure. Their down home story telling and harmonies will remind you of country and folk acts like John Denver and John Prine but with a local twist. Their music was inspired by the natural world around us and often written on the beautiful rivers of Missouri. This program is part of our Nature Center at night series and is free to attend. Registration is required.
Registration period: October 15 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Masks are encouraged and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration period: October 30 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Masks are encouraged and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.
Registration period: October 30 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Masks are encouraged and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.
Registration period: October 30 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, December 4, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Masks are encouraged and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.
Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for homeschool students ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: November 16 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Holiday cards, songs and movies are full of snow, pinecones, holly and wild poinsettias. We do have native winter time plants here in Missouri, including holly. Let’s Dig Deep into native hollies and wild poinsettias and learn about their habitat and life cycle.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: November 16 - December 9
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: October 15 - December 10
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 7:00 pm - Friday, December 10, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Calling all owls! Discover the special features of owls with a brief indoor presentation. We will then hit the trail in search of these night-time predators. The trail is not stroller accessible and is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills and loose gravel. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather as a large portion of the program will take place outdoors.
Registration period: October 15 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Brrrrrr! It’s cold outside! How do wild animals handle this cold weather? Meet some animal puppet friends and learn the tricks to surviving the cold winter months. Then we will head outside in search of these animals and their hiding places.

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.
Registration period: October 15 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
When the leaves fall and the forest appears more open, many of our winter birds are at their easiest to see. While many birds migrate south for the winter, southeast Missouri is alive with our year-round populations and visitors from the snowy north. Join us for a two-part program to learn the basics of spotting, and hearing, some of our more familiar winter birds. The program will begin with a presentation in the auditorium and then move to a roughly 1-mile hike over paved and gravel trails which are at times hilly. You are welcome to attend the auditorium portion only and then view birds from our feeder window or explore our forests on your own if you wish. This program is open to all ages, though the material is most appropriate for ages 10+ This program is just in time to prepare you for participating the in the Christmas Bird Count!
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to two species of fox; the familiar red fox and the less common gray fox. We will look at the differences between these two beautiful furbearers and learn about how they survive the changing seasons. This program is designed for ages 8 and up but all are welcome.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Gaylord Laboratory Library at Duck Creek CA

Come learn all about native evergreens and how you can use their boughs and other amazing pieces from nature to create festive holiday decorations. It is recommended that you bring sturdy leather gloves, pruners, and your favorite bows and embellishments to create your own unique wreath OR a vertical/horizontal swag.

Greenery and wreath form/swag board will be provided. Limited amounts of embellishments will also be on hand.
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:45 pm
Location: Online only
Are you looking for that first bow or BB gun for your child? This program will discuss how to get your child started shooting and the proper equipment selection.
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.
Registration period: October 15 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: March 30 - December 15
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 4:30 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

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 a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 12, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Registration period: November 16 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Birds of a feather flock to the feeders during the cold winter months. Learn about some special birds that we only see in the winter season and make a simple bird feeder to take home.

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: November 16 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Birds of a feather flock to the feeders during the cold winter months. Learn about some special birds that we only see in the winter season and make a simple bird feeder to take home.

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: October 15 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Many of us walk around with a powerful camera in our pocket all day for those moments when life gives us something worth remembering, but do you know how to get the most out of your shots? Join naturalist Alex for a beginner’s guide to nature photography using your cell phone. We’ll cover basic the rules of how to compose interesting photos, work with natural subjects, and explore the tools your phone has which allow you to put the finishing touches on your memories. Alex’s own artwork will be on display October through November at the nature center, and yes, every photo was taken with his cell phone. People are always surprised how much you can get out of a simple phone camera, so join him to learn a few of his tips! Any smartphone will work for this course, please bring yours with you. Participants will have a chance to try out what they’ve learned as we walk around the nature center and meet a few photogenic nature center animals.
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, December 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Get the family out of the house to have some holiday fun. Celebrate the season and the outdoors by making nature-inspired crafts using natural and recycled items. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity!
Registration period: October 29 - December 17
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, December 21, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Taking a shot is a split second decision that has very complex outcomes. Learn about what it takes to be a disciplined, ethical, law abiding and safe hunter. In this course, participants will use a hunting simulator and test their decision making skills while be guided by a skilled Hunter Education Instructor. This promises to be a fun filled educational course aimed at making the right decision and enjoy a lifetime of hunting.
Registration period: November 16 - December 21
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

A young fox is worried about the coming winter. All the animals in the forest seem to have a different plan for surviving the cold. None of them seem quite right for the fox until another fox has a brilliant suggestions. The next story is about a family ski trip through the forest. They learn all about who lives over and under the snow. After the book there is time for questions about winter and how animals survive.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.