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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone Number: +1 573-290-5218
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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Saint Louis
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Our family has visited the nature center several times - always enjoyable regardless of the time of year. Lots of cool hands-on informational fun unique to SE Missouri. While there is plenty to see and explore inside the center, there are nice grounds with trails outside.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Center is a great place to visit if you want to get some experience in a natural setting, but without driving too far out of town or having to hike too far. It's great for those with limited mobility, or those traveling with young children. There are some lovely nature trails that are not too difficult,... More 

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Jackson, Missouri
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Always a treat for the grandkids, and grandparents! Many interactive displays, and programs! Great hiking trails also!

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Midway, Kentucky
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My 3 year old is getting tougher each day to please but my fellow Trip Advisors recommended this place for educational fun so I knew I couldn't miss. I am telling you that they were all wrong - this place was much BETTER than the humble writings on this page. First, it is clean. very clean. Second, the staff greeted... More 

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Jackson, MO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We take the grandkids here often. It's a good, educational place to visit. The place is clean, and the exhibits are well maintained.

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Lynchburg, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Nice, small museum. Professional displays. Very nice employees. We loved the 2 headed snake. Nice garden & walking trails. We did not go with children and still enjoyed it.

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Marion
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a very educational center. There were many interactive displays, fun for both children and adults. My favorite thing was the live two-headed snake. It was fascinating! There is also a large display window that looks out into the woods & the Nature Center has several bird feeders located so that you can watch all kinds of birds feed.

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Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went with my son's cub scout troop to a program all about birds. The conservation agent that gave the program did very well with 20 kids in the classroom. She taught them different ways to identify species, how to use binoculars, and then took them on a bird finding hike. The kids had a great time and the parents... More 

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Missouri
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place to take the kids. I took my grandson and he had a good time. Free, close...how could you go wrong?

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Murray, Kentucky, United States
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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went to the Discovery Playhouse, Nature Center, & then the Lazy L Safari. This place was great. We spent about an hour here, it was free, and there were several free booklets that the kids got to take home with them. Really enjoyable.

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