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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone Number: +1 573-290-5218
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Description: Located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, the Cape Girardeau...
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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Nice stop with the kids.

Fun visit to the nature center. It was quite entertaining and interesting to see all the information about the local landscape. Watching the squirrels was fun and climbing through... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Fun visit to the nature center. It was quite entertaining and interesting to see all the information about the local landscape. Watching the squirrels was fun and climbing through the beaver dam. The family enjoyed it and the ladies at the desk were so sweet! Check out the two headed snake!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in here for the first time in a few years. Still clean and the staff is still friendly. It's pretty cool inside and they have fun classes/activities for kids and adults. There's a small gift shop inside that has some cool stuff. There's a big glass section facing the woods that allows you to view birds and whatever... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The nature center itself is interactive for all ages and the trails are an easy hike. Be sure to check out the two headed snake inside. They also offer several different programs throughout the year, so sign up for their newsletter and come back again and again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoy going and looking at the exhibits. Children can play and we can sit and watch the birds out the back windows

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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great place to take kids. Hands on displays of animals, plants life, and eco system. Many good programs throughout the year. I went to a Bluebird class that taught us how to identify and care for bluebirds and their nests. We built a bluebird house to take home and put up in our yard. Handouts were given out to help... More 

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Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Came across this by accident -- our chosen route was flooded. A VERY nice nature center, both indoors and out. VERY kid friendly, very informative, and a nice break from being in the car. Good place to take a bunch of kids, too. Missouri Dept. of Conservation does a great job.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The Nature Center has a good display of information about Southeast Missouri. The walking paths & ponds are also enjoyable. I know that they work hard to educate children about nature in a fun and hands on way but I've never attended one of their events.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visiting from out of town for husbands conference and I was looking for something fun to do with the kids. We were greeted at the door by 2 friendly women who gave us some information. They have lots of interactive displays that are very informative, but short descriptions and at a level my kids wanted to read and could understand.... More 

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Newburgh, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I especially liked how well everything is documented and explained in this nature center. The staff is most helpful if one needs further explanation. One thing that did bother me was the bees digging holes in the top frame of the outdoor entrance. There didn't seem to be a clear enough reason why this was allowed right at the front... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Our kids had a lot of fun visiting the Nature Center. It is a place we will for sure being going again.

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Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone Number: +1 573-290-5218
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Cape Girardeau

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