The newness of summer may have worn off, but the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center provides cool ways to discover nature even in hottest summer months. And an understanding of our natural world is one of the most important gifts we can give children, according to Missouri Department of Conservation naturalists. They have a full itinerary of events scheduled for the last stretch of summer vacation.
"Even when it's hot outside, we have cooler options inside the nature center as well as some programs that take the kids to discover nature at a waterway where it's cooler," said Sara Turner, Nature Center manager.
Children's clubs at the Nature Center are divided by age. "Tadpoles" are shared nature experiences for infants through two-year olds with attending adults. "Mudpuppies" are 45-minute programs for 3-6 year olds, "Snappers" are programs for ages 7-11 and "Racers" are for ages 12-15.
Upcoming kid's club activities include:
Snappers -- Insectigation:
Saturday, August 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
August is a "hot" time for insects! Don't "bug-out" on this session, as we will collect, study and observe as many insects as we can find. Will it be fun? You "beetle" believe it! Registration begins August 1st; required by August 11.
Mudpuppies - Nocturnal Neighbors
Saturday, August 11, at 11 am and 1 pm.
Tuesday, August 14, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Do you ever wonder what goes bump in the night? No need to be afraid, just help us discover some of Missouri's secretive, night animals that love the dark. Registration begins August 1; required by August 11.
Tadpoles - Let's Go South
Saturday, August 25, 10 to 11 a.m.
August in Missouri is a time when critters start to think about the coming cold, winter months. We'll learn about what animals and plants do to prepare for winter. Registration begins August 1; required by August 25
Racers - Down Under
Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Caves are very fragile and vital ecosystems. Learn the importance of cave conservation as we put on our helmets and explore the underground habitat that many rare and unusual animals call home. Registration begins August 1; required by August 25.
For more information on any of these programs or to register, call (573)290-5218. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located on the north side of Cape Girardeau County Park. Normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.