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“Children would enjoy this place.”

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
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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.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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133 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Children would enjoy this place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

We went on a special day -display and sale of native plants. The there was also a kind of fair. People sold ceramic pots and bird houses. There were many fish tanks with huge native fish from Mississippi River -sturgeons and catfish.

Visited March 2013
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Jackson, Missouri
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Just an interesting place..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you need to entertain kids, learn a little about nature, or just kill some time. I think the best time to go is late spring when the flowers are blooming and the bee's are pretty active in their hive. Yesterday was pretty cold, they weren't very active.

Visited January 2013
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Missouri USA
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34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Very Good nature center with hands on exhibits. Lots of hiking trails some easy some for the brave of heart.

Visited November 2012
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Great Way to Enjoy A Day Outside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Nature Center has several indoor exhibits that are should keep one entertained for 45 minutes or so. There are several walking trails that are adjacent to the Nature Center that range from challenging (read long and hilly) to not so challenging (read short and not so hilly). The Nature Center is located in Cape County Park, which has several Picnic Shelters, some playgrounds, a couple ponds, and a pretty decent Disc Golf course.

Visited September 2012
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Scott City, Missouri, United States
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“Wonderful place with alot to do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

I take my class of 1st graders there every summer. They have great programs for children of all ages. The center is very new and has alot of hands-on things for the children to do. There are also some very nice walking trails behind the center.

Visited June 2012
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