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Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone Number: +1 573-290-5218
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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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Educational and a fun place to visit.

We took our granddaughter there and found out we enjoyed it as much as she did. There is plenty to do and look at. Many of the displays provide interaction and observing nature... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Howard S
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Jackson, Missouri
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Jackson, Missouri
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13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our granddaughter there and found out we enjoyed it as much as she did. There is plenty to do and look at. Many of the displays provide interaction and observing nature. It is a fun place for the whole family.

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Thank Howard S
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Especially great for parents and children however, anyone will enjoy being here. Who doesn't get excited about a 2 headed snakes, or a horny snappy turtle eating, making animal prints on paper, or watching the busy honey bees, or staring out the windows watching the birds do a dance with the squirrels at the bird feeder.

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Thank Eileen J
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Our little grandson, was quite interested in the live fish, snakes, etc. He also really liked the hands on things there at the Conservation Center.

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Thank MayaRuins
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Our 5 and 2 1/2 year old grandchildren had a ball when we recently took them to visit the Nature Center. Sitting on the large turtle (fake) as they walk in the door and posing for a picture is a must! There is quite a bit for the children to see and do while they are there. You can sign... More 

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Millersville, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Plan to spend a good chunk of time here. It has excellent displays many of which are interactive. You can draw a picture of what you see with some drawing materials available; do rubbings of animal tracks; climb a tree stand and scroll the seasons of hunting; or take a quiz to test some of your outdoor knowledge. There are... More 

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Thank Kim M
Cape Girardeau, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a very good place to take kids of any age. The displays are very nice and informative for any age.

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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

They offer interesting events that cater to children, as well as, adults. It's a fun interactive place for kids and offers a lot of information to learn about the area and about wildlife in general.

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Thank Carol S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

They publicize their events (age/interest related) well in advance and if you need to register or not to attend. The staff is always willing to answer questions about the activities. Our Granddaughter looks forward to participating in her age group activities. The Nature Center is a family friendly place to visit.

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sara, Nature Center Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My grandkids LOVE to go out there. The live two headed snake is one of their favorite things to see. Then, of course, they have the alligator snapping turtle & fish aquarium. Watching the bees go in & out of the makeshift hive is amazing too. The staff is very knowledgeable & more than willing to answer any questions. During... More 

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Please let us know if you have suggestions for future programs. Have a great weekend! Sara, Nature Center Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This attraction is full of activities for the kids, (especially good on a rainy day). There is so much history, about southeast Missouri in the many displays inside Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The gift shop is pretty unique, with just about anything you could imagine for a nature lover. (I always purchase their awesome calendars to give as gifts... More 

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sara, Nature Center Manager More 

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