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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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Free but too short . The kids go upset because we only got to do a few things . For younger kids... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KayleaBrysn
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Great fun for all ages and it's free!

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is such a hidden gem in our local community. They... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Butterflydays
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Cape Girardeau, 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free but too short . The kids go upset because we only got to do a few things . For younger kids they would love it

Thank KayleaBrysn
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is such a hidden gem in our local community. They have all sorts of interactive events for children, and most of these are free activities.They have a small gift shop and very clean restrooms. Attentive staff who enjoy showing...More

Thank Butterflydays
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you so very much for the kind review. We appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is a great place for younger children to get introduced to the animals of the area. The staff is very knowledgeable. Sometimes the animals don't act like they want them too Good place to visit for an afternoon with kids!!!.

1  Thank Skip W
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 23 July 2017

Whether it's spring, winter, fall, or summer, there is always something to do! From maple syrup education to learning about the travels of Lewis and Clark, there is something for everyone! Plus the Christmas lights display is a must see! The Nature Center is the...More

1  Thank Olivia C
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Olivia, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review for the nature center. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Great, free place for all ages. Lots of animal displays, etc. My three year old son could go weekly.

1  Thank LMouser
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for the kind words.

Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

My 7 year old is a real nature lover so he really enjoys going there. They also have a well stocked kids pond for fishing and they have pled you can check out! Inside, the displays are interesting and educational for anyone who wants to...More

1  Thank Karen S
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

I have used the several trail and attended meetings at the Nature Center and its ground, but best use would be to take grade school children to use the interactive displays or attend a weekend event instructed by wildlife officials. Can find the schedule of...More

Thank DRS386
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Educational and entertaining all 20 residents want to go back in the future. The center is good for all age groups rather it be solo, family or group visit.

Thank tau s
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

We are so glad that they enjoyed their visit. Please come back to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This was an awesome find and the boys really enjoyed it! My boys are 6 and 3 and they are already begging to go back and it's right beside an amazing playground

Thank jardry
Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

We are so glad you and your sons enjoyed their visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 31 May 2017

Please note that the visitors center is closed on Sunday and Monday. The rest of the park is open. Trails were nice with lots of wildlife to see.

Thank getzie1
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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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