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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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Nice to visit

They have a two headed snake, a beehive (you can see the bees through a clear panel), animal furs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jz1012
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Well-marked walking trails

Trails are well-marked and some have smooth finished surfaces. One can walk for several miles... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
mfsinmo
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Fenton, MO.
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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 1 week ago via mobile

They have a two headed snake, a beehive (you can see the bees through a clear panel), animal furs you can touch, animal footprints that you can make rubbings of, displays of American Indian pottery/tools and free info about a variety of animals

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Trails are well-marked and some have smooth finished surfaces. One can walk for several miles. Attractive building with interactive exhibits as well as restrooms.

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review of our trails and nature center. Please come see us again soon!

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Reviewed March 28, 2018

It is a very nice clean and interesting place. Took my grandchildren 4 and 1 yesterday and they loved it!

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2018

Thank you so very much for taking the time to review our nature center! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

This is a fantastic place that is geared towards children - small to large! So much to see and do and totally interactive.

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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

I like it was free and the lady at front was nice. It would nice it had tours of the plce and the trails.

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Reviewed November 22, 2017

We enjoy taking our dog on nice long walks on your pet-friendly hiking trail. (We always take waste disposal bags to pick up after our pet, but have noticed that some do not). A simple solution would be to have a pet waste station at...More

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2017

Thank you so very much for your kind words. Just a reminder that only the Maple Hollow Trail (behind shelter 3) is open to dog walkers. We appreciate your support in trying to keep our trails waste-free.

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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Free but too short . The kids go upset because we only got to do a few things . For younger kids they would love it

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is such a hidden gem in our local community. They have all sorts of interactive events for children, and most of these are free activities.They have a small gift shop and very clean restrooms. Attentive staff who enjoy showing...More

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2017

Thank you so very much for the kind review. We appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This is a great place for younger children to get introduced to the animals of the area. The staff is very knowledgeable. Sometimes the animals don't act like they want them too Good place to visit for an afternoon with kids!!!.

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed July 22, 2017

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

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Olivia, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review for the nature center. We hope to see you again soon.

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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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