Nature Center offers classes for children

By: Lauren Keith
Friday morning on the Breakfast Show, we featured the Missouri Dept. of Conservation's programs for preschoolers and other age groups coming up this month and this Spring. 
The Nature Arts Programs feature  Naturalist Mary Jane Fieser showing you how to make certain crafts from items in your own backyard.  

Upcoming Nature Arts programs

January 27       6:30 - 8:00 pm        Nature note cards
Make unique nature note cards using dried flowers and tissue paper

February 17     6:30 - 8:00 pm        Nature Scrap booking
Learn to make a special memory using photos and memorabilia of an outdoor adventure

March 19          6:30 - 8:00 pm       Nature Stitchery
Make a frog quilt block using piecing and appliqué techniques

Programs are free and require pre-registration by calling the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218.  Registration begins on the first day of each month, however classes fill quickly so register early!
Meantime, the department's Mudpuppies programs for children ages 3-6 years of age focus on different topics relevant to plants and animals of southeast Missouri.  Each program includes hands-on activities, among which are crafts, songs, games, hikes, or live animals. 
Fieser says this month's program "Turtle Time", allows children to get up-close and personal with various turtles, including a three-toed box turtle, common snapping turtle, and alligator snapping turtle. 
 Three programs will be offered this Saturday, January 10  at 9 and 11 am and 1 pm.
Two are next Tuesday, January 13 at 9 and 11 am.  Spaces are available in several of the programs.
These programs are offered every month and upcoming topics include;  "Greet the Groundhog", "Calling All Owls", and "Trail Trackin' ". 
All programs are free and younger children (Tadpoles and Mudpuppies) are to be accompanied by at least one parent or other adult.  Pre-registration is required for these and all of the other children's programs, with registration during most months beginning on the first day of each month.  Call 573-290-5218 to register. 

Additional programming offered for children / youth:

Tadpoles  - Birth to age 3
Guided stroller walks and activities surrounding a specific topic and offered during the months of March, April, May, June, September, and October.
Snappers - Ages 7-11
Programs for school age children that offer a wider view into various conservation topics relevant to our regions.  Activities include but are not limited to special speakers / presenters, crafts, live animals, and interactions with conservation minded peers.
Racers - Ages 12 - 17
Specially designed field trips for young adults that actively engage them in conservation activities, often at Missouri Department of Conservation areas with various individuals who work in the conservation field.  Past activities have included fly-fishing, caving, Mississippi River research, archery and hikes.