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Cape Girardeau - Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

2289 County Park Drive

Area Information

  • Free and open to the public.
  • Join us for special events, hike a trail, or get acquainted with Missouri’s fascinating wildlife.
  • Schedule a school or youth-group visit. Bus parking available. See Cape’s Interpretive Programs Guide below.

Area hours

  • Open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.

Facility and exhibits

  • 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, hands-on exhibits for all ages, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife-viewing area


  • Lots of programs, workshops, and special events. Check out the Events block to the right.


  • Two-mile White Oak Trace nature trail. Download the trail map listed below.

Gift shop

  • MDC Nature Shop featuring books, calendars, DVDs, toys, and other nature-related gifts


Justin Thurman

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This was always a fun place to go to when I was young and still is fun today. Very educational with a lot of hands on exhibits and real animal skins. Outside you can go fishing or hiking. A great place to take kids

Erin Jackson

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
So much so see and do! Great for the entire family!

Michelle Owens

Friday, July 21, 2017
Very Happy with the park and Melinna playground is one of favorite part of day end .

Dru Reeves

Sunday, June 5, 2016
We are very fortunate to have such first class nature education facility right here in Cape Girardeau. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The volunteers do a wonderful job.

Carlita Dobbs

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
I have called and contacted them about an owl who is killing the neighborhood cats. They tell me it's not the owl, though my neighbour watched her cat being dropped from a tree and the owl going back after it. It sustained a lot of injuries and cost her a lot of money. I have had 3 cats disappear just since these owls have shown up in this area. well it may the norm for an owl to feed in cats. These are. And something needs to be done

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