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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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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 well-run!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 treacherous hikes, stay on the green-colored names when you see the trail names :) Overall,... More 

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

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. More 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 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!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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! They have a huge beaver dam that the kids can get in and play. This... More 

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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 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!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Wonderful displays, educational for kids in a fun interactive way. Very clean, staff are present but now very available for questions, grounds a beautiful.

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Marble Hill, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

We love to stop by the Nature Center of were in town and not cramped for time. It's cheaper than the mall, and the kids LOVE IT. We homeschool our boys and the Nature a center has kits you can check out for homeschooling as well as backpacks to check out for a hike on the nature trail. Our boys... More 

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McClure, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Lots of fun things to do for kids and adults. It's an informative, artistic and fun all at the same time. The people that work there, I suppose they are conservation agents, are really nice and are ready to answer any questions you may have. We have taken our son and soon will take our grandson to visit. They also... More 

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

Thank you so very much for your positive comments about the nature center! We try very hard to meet the needs of our visitors. More 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

If you happen to be driving on 55S take a brief detour to stop at the MDC conservation center at exit 99. Great display about the Southeast Missouri region and history. If you love nature as much as I do - it is worth your time!

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