Conservation Nature Center tops list of spots to visit in Cape Girardeau

Your Heartland Weekend Plans should include a visit here

Heartland Weekend suggests you plan a visit to the Conservation Nature Center in Cape Girardeau.

You can spend hours here.

“Here at the Nature Center, we’re all about natural resources and trying to teach people about them,” said Jamie Koehler with the Missouri Department of Conservation. ”

From the 2-headed black rat snake to the interactive exhibits, to the observation window, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The whole center is very interactive with lots of exhibits that are meant to be touched.

“It’s a great way for kids to learn how we and nature can live together in the same little bit of earth,” said Koehler.

Outside, you might even enjoy a hike along the White Oak Trace Trail. It’s a two-mile trail that winds through the rolling river hills.

There you will have the chance to enjoy all the beautiful plants and trees. You are also likely to spot several different bird species.

Kids are also encouraged to wet a line in the Conservation Nature Center lake! You can catch catfish, crappie, and sunfish.

The nature center is located at North Cape County Park.

And, best of all, it’s all free!

CLICK HERE for the hours of operation and more detailed information.

What else can I do at the Nature Center?

There are always fun events going on at the Nature Center.

Kids of all ages are invited to take part in things like the ‘Feeding Frenzy” where volunteers feed all the hungry critters that call the center home.

There are also opportunities available to learn outdoor skills like archery and fishing.

To be fair, there are more fun activities than we can possibly list.

Check out all the planned events HERE.

Some of these bonus events have a small fee associated with them, but the majority of these programs are completely free.


You can see this two-headed black rat snake in Cape Girardeau

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