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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-1840
Phone Number: +1 573-290-5218
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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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Nice afternoon walk!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this review

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 which we do not allow dogs. The trails behind the nature center and regional office... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 tub, its a a great place to stay

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this review

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 More 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

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

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Leopold, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Came here for an elementary class field trip. Everyone had a fantastic time. Plenty to see, trails outside to walk & they even had a magic show for the kids. Very clean place & staff was very nice & helpful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The nature Center provided several activities for our group. They had varieties of activities suitable for every age group. We utilized the playground, kid's fishing lake and trails to keep them busy and engaged. the staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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Wappapello, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We were in Cape For A Doctor Appointment and had arrived A couple of hours Early And while looking for Something to do we Found the Most Wonderful Conservation Nature Center We All Had A great Time inside and out on the trails My Favorite was Watching the Bees. My Daughter Loved the games and My Grandson Loved seeing all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Our conservation center is probably the best there is! Great place to take grandchildren when they can at least walk around and be curious. There is always something for everyone to see and do - so much about Missouri nature and wildlife. Almost always local artists' work on display and a great gift shop area. I have been many times... More 

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