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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-1840
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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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Great for the kids!

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... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
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advance mo.
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Reviewed 18 May 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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Reviewed 18 May 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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2 Thank 371Jim427
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Reviewed 4 May 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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1 Thank Rebecca R
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 May 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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1 Thank Pamela G
Marble Hill, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 May 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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Reviewed 26 April 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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Reviewed 1 April 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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Reviewed 27 March 2016

Great views and friendly folks. Thank you. I really enjoyed the trip. Spent about 30 minutes at the park.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

The center has a variety of hands on and displays that those experienced in the outdoors and those who are not the outdoor type will enjoy. The short hiking trail, which is well marked and gravel is worth the time and shows a little bit of the Missouri outdoors.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

they offer many different events thru the year.i've wanted to go to the hummingbird class and the cast iron cooking class but have been working every time they have had it so far

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