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


Erin Jackson

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

So much so see and do! Great for the entire family!

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

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.

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.