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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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Springtime is the perfect time to visit.

They have lots of things going on at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center anytime of the... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Butterflydays
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a great place to visit when in the area for both... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
MKM65610
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Springfield, Missouri
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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 18 March 2017

They have lots of things going on at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center anytime of the year, but springtime is the perfect time to go check it out along with the park, hiking trails, and fishing ponds.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a great place to visit when in the area for both adults and families.

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

I always enjoy taking the Grandkids to the Cape Girardeau nature center. Wonderful learning experience. On hand exhibits and some live critters. The bee hive in the window is a must see along with some other creatures in the rear of building. Adults will also...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have taken our grandchildren here several times when visiting, They have a number of educational programs for all ages, but we just like to drop in and walk around, looking at the exhibits (lots of hands on, ok to touch things), playing with puppets,...More

1  Thank Cai53
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We took our dog for a nice afternoon walk. This is a really beautiful area located close to everything in our city. The people who take care of this nature center and park do a wonderful job.More

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Butterflydays, Thank you so very much for your kind words! It means a lot to us. Our maintenance staff are hard-working and conscientious, and we are proud that it shows. I just wanted to make sure that you were aware that there are trails in...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Loved this place, the staff are very friendly and ready to help with all your needs, the breakfast is delicious and you have a wide selection, slept on a very comfortable queen bed, took a swim in the indoor pool, then chilled in the hot...More

1  Thank Debi L
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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2016

Hi Debi, I think you meant to review a hotel rather than the nature center. We do not have the amenities you spoke of. Have a great day! Sara

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Have been there many times to walk the trails, and take classes. We have taken classes on Dutch Oven cooking, Lewis and Clark, on pond management, and many others. They have all been free.

1  Thank Tanya R
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Beautiful park area, great information center, home school helpers with wonderful educational classes, great workers, knowledgeable people that love to help you there.

1  Thank sarah r
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our grandkids had a blast here! There were a lot of activities for them and they all had fun from the youngest (2) to the oldest (9). They were sufficiently worn out by the time we left. And there is no charge!

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Great experience, educational, and fun for all ages. Easy access, beautiful surroundings, very well kept.

1  Thank jkuehn1959
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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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