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“great free programs for kids of all ages”

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We went with my son's cub scout troop to a program all about birds. The conservation agent that gave the program did very well with 20 kids in the classroom. She taught them different ways to identify species, how to use binoculars, and then took them on a bird finding hike. The kids had a great time and the parents learned a bit as well. There are many different programs throughout the year for varying age ranges. Other than programs there is still plenty to see in the rest of the center including several live animals. Good time for the family.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Great place to take the kids. I took my grandson and he had a good time. Free, close...how could you go wrong?

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Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We went to the Discovery Playhouse, Nature Center, & then the Lazy L Safari. This place was great. We spent about an hour here, it was free, and there were several free booklets that the kids got to take home with them. Really enjoyable.

1  Thank Jerina E
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We took our 5th grade classes to nature center last year and they all had a blast! They really enjoyed getting to explore the ponds and interact with the animals. The guides were very knowledgeable and were very patient with our kids and their thousands of questions. Looking forward to this year's trip!

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Reviewed 30 December 2013

The Tupelo Fliers are WONDERFUL...My family enjoys the offroad trails, and I enjoy the amazing photography, all local native Missouri Nature with a great learning experience...

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