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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

#1 of 35 things to do in Cape Girardeau Features Animals
2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-1840
+1 573-290-5218
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Fun Year-round!

Whether it's spring, winter, fall, or summer, there is always something to do! From maple syrup... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Olivia C
Great place

Great, free place for all ages. Lots of animal displays, etc. My three year old son could go... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LMouser
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Located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a place where families can have fun while exploring the rich cultural history and wildlife of Southeast Missouri. Admission is always free at the Nature Center because the nature center is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, a state agency supported by fishing and hunting license revenues and the statewide 1/8-of-one percent "Design for Conservation" sales tax. Inside the Nature Center, visitors will find a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, and hands-on exhibits for all ages, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife viewing area. Exhibits begin with Paul Corbin's collection of Native American artifacts including primitive tools that were used to harvest plants and animals hundreds of years ago. Interactive exhibits encourage exploration of the forest, marsh, swamp, and big river habitats of Southeast Missouri. Visitors can learn where to go in the region to experience these unique natural features and gain insight into local opportunities for camping, hunting, and fishing. Outside, "White Oak Trace" features two miles of nature trails allowing visitors to traverse rolling river hills with sinkholes, deep hollows, and ravines covered with prominent stands of poplar and oak. Native plants featured in the Nature Center's landscape provide habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife species. These examples of native landscapes make the Nature Center a great place to get ideas for your own landscaping plans. The nature center also has a gift shop, with a wide variety of educational books, videos, and nature-related items. Final sales must be made by 4:30 pm.
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2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-1840
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Whether it's spring, winter, fall, or summer, there is always something to do! From maple syrup education to learning about the travels of Lewis and Clark, there is something for everyone! Plus the Christmas lights display is a must see! The Nature Center is the...More

Thank Olivia C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great, free place for all ages. Lots of animal displays, etc. My three year old son could go weekly.

Thank LMouser
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 7 year old is a real nature lover so he really enjoys going there. They also have a well stocked kids pond for fishing and they have pled you can check out! Inside, the displays are interesting and educational for anyone who wants to...More

Thank Karen S
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have used the several trail and attended meetings at the Nature Center and its ground, but best use would be to take grade school children to use the interactive displays or attend a weekend event instructed by wildlife officials. Can find the schedule of...More

Thank DRS386
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Educational and entertaining all 20 residents want to go back in the future. The center is good for all age groups rather it be solo, family or group visit.

Thank tau s
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that they enjoyed their visit. Please come back to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This was an awesome find and the boys really enjoyed it! My boys are 6 and 3 and they are already begging to go back and it's right beside an amazing playground

Thank jardry
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

We are so glad you and your sons enjoyed their visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 31 May 2017

Please note that the visitors center is closed on Sunday and Monday. The rest of the park is open. Trails were nice with lots of wildlife to see.

Thank getzie1
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Very educational and fun place at No cost!!! Has some live animals, nice walking trail. Our guide Dustin was the best.

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Educational, entertaining, great gift store, informative for every age! They are represented at local events, the fair, schools, and more. What a perfect way to represent & showcase Missouri!

Thank Elizabeth A
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you so very much, Elizabeth!

Reviewed 6 May 2017

We were driving to Springfield, MO and we made a stop at the Conservation Nature Center in Cape Girardeau. This was the first time we had ever seen a two-headed snake. It was well worth the side trip. The staff were very knowledgeable regarding the...More

Thank MSO70
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you felt the stop was worth it.

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Tessa P
6 June 2015|
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Response from Sara T | Property representative |
Tessa, Thank you for your interest in the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center! Admission to the nature center and nearly all of our programs is free. We look forward to meeting you!
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Debra G
7 February 2015|
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Response from Sara T | Property representative |
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. Our trails and kids' only fishing pond are open every day. We hope you will visit us soon!
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