CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mon. – Due to recent circumstances, some of the scheduled in-person and virtual events for the remainder of February at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) have changed.

Laci Prucinksy, manager of the Cape Nature Center, urges visitors to discover new or alternative programs and to check the events planned for March.

“The Cape Nature Center trails and other outdoor areas will remain open,” she said. “Although most of the outdoor and virtual programs continue as planned, we have changed some programs. And of course, attendees at personal outdoor events must wear face masks and social distancing. “

The Cape Nature Center building is currently closed to visitors due to increasing COVID-19 concerns. The closings are due to the region’s COVID-19 positivity rate and fall rate. For the latest county-level positivity rates, see

To keep everyone safe, family programs must practice social distancing in social programs, and masks are required for all personal events. Prospects are also reminded to follow current health recommendations, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Have hand sanitizer / soap and water.
  • Be considerate of others.

For more information on MDC or to contact MDC offices, visit MDC online at

The Cape Girardeau Nature Center is located in 2289 County Park Dr. in Cape Girardeau. The White Oak Trace Trails are open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.

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