Cape G. Nature Center connects people with the land

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Caving, hunting dogs and puppet shows will all be part of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center’s “Connecting People With the Land” event on Saturday, Sep. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Nature Center Manager Sara Turner, the event is a celebration of National Archeology Month and National Hunting & Fishing Month.

Special presentations will include:

  • “Caving in Missouri” by the SEMO Grotto at 10 a.m.
  • Puppet Show at 11 a.m.
  • Hunting Dog Demonstrations by the Bootheel Retriever Club at Noon
  • “Eyes on Rose, Mother of York,” a first-person interpretation of the Lewis & Clark explorer’s mother at 1 p.m.
  • "The Southeast Story," a video presentation about the people and land of southeast Missouri at 2 p.m.
  • Puppet Show at 3 p.m.

Between presentations, visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • view artifacts from Native Americans who once called southeast Missouri home
  • try skills with archery, simulated shooting and fishing
  • observe longbow-making and carving demonstrations
  • gain skills and techniques from hunters and fishermen
  • learn about native plants and foods
  • see arrowheads and points being made by a flintknapper
  • gain tips and tricks for Dutch-oven cooking
  • visit the Southeast Explorer exhibits

People of all ages are welcome and no registration is required.

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located east of I-55 (exit 99) and Hwy 61 in North Cape County Park. For additional information call the Nature Center at 573-290-5218 or visit the Nature Center website at http://mdc.mo.gov/regions/southeast/cape-girardeau-conservation-nature-center