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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


Cake Cooper

Monday, July 9, 2018
Very clean and well kept! This place is wonderful to visit anytime of the year with flora and fauna changing with the seasons. Make sure to visit the Memorial on the other side of the building and honor our brave American soldiers.

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 .

dre achilleus

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Attended a fantastic class at the Conservation Nature Center! Very informative, well-presented, and a lot of fun. I'll definitely be signing up for more classes! The center itself is beautiful, and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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