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“Photos and Trails!”

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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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Photos and Trails!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Tupelo Fliers are WONDERFUL...My family enjoys the offroad trails, and I enjoy the amazing photography, all local native Missouri Nature with a great learning experience...

Visited December 2013
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our younger family members loved all the interactive modules. This nature center encourages learning about nature and our area wildlife. And the best part is, it's free. Your kids will want to visit again and again.

Visited July 2013
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Cabool, Missouri
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“Beautiful setting”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stopped at the Nature Center on the way to Bollinger Mill, and enjoyed the displays inside and the helpful advise on what to see and where to go from the Friendly Staff.
We did not take the trails, but they looked interesting.

Visited November 2013
Thank motraveler50
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Cape Girardeau, MO
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“Nature Center in County Park”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Cape Girardeau County Park system makes an attractive entrance into Cape Girardeau. The grandkids really enjoy the nature center. There are monthly scheduled activites for children and adults.
The Master Gardener Spring Seminar is held there in March annually, and it includes a sale of native plants.
There are a couple of hiking/walking trails on the overall Park grounds that are pretty and make for good family activites.
Thanksgiving to New Year the Park hosts a drive-through festival of lights, and you can tune your radio to accompanying music.
The County Park system also has free reservations for the shelters. We live in this county, and hosted a college graduation party at one, and it was a wonderful shelter facility.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank pamjmarsch
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Cape Girardeau
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“excellent experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Nature Center is even fun for adults!!! Lots of thing to see. The bees were the most interesting thing to me. Alot of learning for the kiddos.

Visited June 2013
Thank Pbear55
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