Local nature center sees growth during recession

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Naturalist Mary Jane Fieser with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Campus Nature Center says a lull in the economy has more people taking advantage of the free events at this center that's close to home.
The next free family activity is this Saturday, Feb. 28th.   Puppet Shows can be viewed at 11 am and 1 pm Saturday.   Call the Nature Center at (573) 290-5218 for more information.
Part of the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature Women initiative that aims to get more women outdoors and in touch with nature.
First ever Discover Nature Women Field Day will be held  at the Nature Center on Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Participants will choose four of six offered activities to do for the day.
Activities include:  canoeing, archery, aquatic adventures, GPS, fly fishing, and an introduction to hunting, which will involve using the laser shot - a computerized hunting simulator.
There is no cost for the event, however, those who register will be asked to make a $10 deposit that they will receive back, in full, when they attend the event.
Open to all women ages 18 and up.  Young ladies ages 14 - 18 may attend if they are accompanied by an adult participant. 
Registration begins on March 1 and ends on March 14. 
Pick up a registration form at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center or call to have a form mailed or e-mailed to you (573-290-5218).
You can request a form today and then mail it in so that it will be received by March 1 to get registered.
For additional information, click the related link near the top of this story to go to the local nature center's home page.