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“kids can learn”

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.
Reviewed June 11, 2013

My little boy enjoyed this visit. didn't take long to view thru, but it is free, taking donations of course. You can see bees come from outside of the bldg. in a clear tube and can fly inside tubes of the bldg. kinda neat to see! nature is around. kids can crawl thru a beaver dam, shoot targets on computer thing, hear animal noises, etc. not too far from Cape Splash... so you can do this before you head there!

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

If you're looking for a fun, FREE day out with the kids in Cape Girardeau, please visit the Conservation Center. Tons of things to see and do, very hands-on, with trails in the back if your interested in a long or short hike.

Thank Tyree C
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The nature center was a nice "find". We had car problems and time to burn while waiting for the repairs and we came across a flyer for the center. It had a nice interpretive center aimed at children but still enjoyable by adults, and a nice little pond that they allow kids to fish. It has a number of walking trails, ranging from relatively flat, to short, steep incline/declines that provided a nice workout for an older person. The staff we came in contact was extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Roger M
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

My husband & I were bicycling the Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail & happened upon the trails of White Oak Trace. The trails DO NOT support bicycle traffic. There is a bike rack at the trail head. We did walk our bicycles up to Farklberry Knob & Ridgetop Trail to the nature center. It is a large building that looks quite new. The exhibits were informative & focused on the connections made between swamps and the environment. Classes of school children were coming in for a field trip. That was GREAT to see.
We biked around outside on pavement to several large retention ponds that were surrounded by picnic shelters. One person was fishing off a short pier. They were adding on a sizeable children's playground that was state of the arts. There is a war memorial, too.
We only got to enjoy one trail, but the others sounded interesting: Cottonwood Crossing to Maple Hollow, Wood Duck Swamp, Tulip Poplar Hill, Paw Paw Valley, & Sinkhole Bottom. They range from 1/4 - 3/8 mile long & moderate to steep grade.
Here are the "No-No's": Pets, horses, collecting, littering, hunting, alcohol,biking, skating, jogging, motorized vehicles, walking off the trails
Nature Center Hours: Tues. - Sat. 8am - 5pm; Closed Sun./Mon. Thanksgiving & the following Friday, Christmas, New Year's Day
Area Hours: Open daily sunrise to 10pm
The entrance is free. Donations in the center are welcomed :->

Thank Eledind
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

My 5 yr old and 2 yr old enjoys it. Things for them to learn and look at. Has snakes, fish, bees, and other little vermits. Great place for kids to learn. When the weather is right, you can take a walk on the trails. You can also sign your kids up for classes. Best of all, it's all free!!

Thank Bprice256
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