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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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Well-marked walking trails

Trails are well-marked and some have smooth finished surfaces. One can walk for several miles... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
mfsinmo
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Fenton, MO.
Great visit!

It is a very nice clean and interesting place. Took my grandchildren 4 and 1 yesterday and they... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
498debby
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Poplar Bluff, 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 April 2018

Trails are well-marked and some have smooth finished surfaces. One can walk for several miles. Attractive building with interactive exhibits as well as restrooms.

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review of our trails and nature center. Please come see us again soon!

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

It is a very nice clean and interesting place. Took my grandchildren 4 and 1 yesterday and they loved it!

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you so very much for taking the time to review our nature center! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This is a fantastic place that is geared towards children - small to large! So much to see and do and totally interactive.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

I like it was free and the lady at front was nice. It would nice it had tours of the plce and the trails.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

We enjoy taking our dog on nice long walks on your pet-friendly hiking trail. (We always take waste disposal bags to pick up after our pet, but have noticed that some do not). A simple solution would be to have a pet waste station at...More

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Sara T, Manager at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you so very much for your kind words. Just a reminder that only the Maple Hollow Trail (behind shelter 3) is open to dog walkers. We appreciate your support in trying to keep our trails waste-free.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 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

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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

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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.

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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
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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!

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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
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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.

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

Thank you for the kind words.

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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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