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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-1840
+1 573-290-5218
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Day Camp Activities

The nature Center provided several activities for our group. They had varieties of activities... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Jodie R
Jackson, Missouri
Fun For Everyone without Cost

We were in Cape For A Doctor Appointment and had arrived A couple of hours Early And while looking... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Teresa M
Wappapello, Missouri
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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
+1 573-290-5218
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

The nature Center provided several activities for our group. They had varieties of activities suitable for every age group. We utilized the playground, kid's fishing lake and trails to keep them busy and engaged. the staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

1  Thank Jodie R
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We were in Cape For A Doctor Appointment and had arrived A couple of hours Early And while looking for Something to do we Found the Most Wonderful Conservation Nature Center We All Had A great Time inside and out on the trails My Favorite...More

1  Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Our conservation center is probably the best there is! Great place to take grandchildren when they can at least walk around and be curious. There is always something for everyone to see and do - so much about Missouri nature and wildlife. Almost always local...More

1  Thank jerry r
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My favorite place to go for a long walk and hike......inside great place for visitors with children.......I live close ,so I go there all the time ,great place .......

2  Thank maggiebrewer
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My family enjoyed our brief 2-3 hours tour of the Nature Center. We loved all the games present "Guess which animal makes these tracks?" and we're all over the age of 21. The trails are all very clearly marked (so if you're not into more...More

2  Thank Theaniassey
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2016

Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and for writing a positive review. Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Reviewed 21 June 2016

This is an exceptional place to enjoy nature. It doesn't matter your age, you will enjoy going here. Stop by and see for yourself! *Please vote for me.*

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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We have gone here with our kids for years! They have a great indoor area to explore as well as some fun hikes outdoors. They also have beautiful lakes with geese to feed so bring some bread!!!

1  Thank Tara R
Reviewed 19 May 2016

They have a lot of fun stuff for the kids to see and do. My grandson's love to go there. They are not open on Mondays. It is right beside Cape County Park so they kids can make a fun day out of their visit!...More

2  Thank BJHAdvanceMo_
Reviewed 18 May 2016

The nature center is a great addition to the area. Any questions you have about the flora and fauna of the area will be quickly answered. I try to make the annual Mississippi River float trip, every year. Great six hour float trip!

2  Thank 371Jim427
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Loved the walking trails! The staff were very friendly and the exhibits were pretty neat. Will take the kids next time we're in the area!

1  Thank Rebecca R
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Tessa P
6 June 2015|
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!
Debra G
7 February 2015|
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!