Conservation Nature Center

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2289 N Cape County Park, Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701

Phone: (573) 290-5218


Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, showcases the rich cultural history and diverse natural resources of southeastern Missouri. Nature Center Features: Explore two miles of nature trails that wind through rolling river hills with sinkholes, ravines, and deep hollows. Enjoy our wildlife-viewing areas and see how native plants provide habitat for various wildlife species. Encounter natures wonders through hands-on exhibits, a children's play area, and freshwater aquariums. Exhibit Gallery: Visit Paul Corbin's collection of Native American artifacts. Enjoy interactive exhibits featuring habitats found in southeastern Missouri, and learn where to go for your own adventure. Making Connections: Join us for a public program or special event, or schedule one for your own organized group. Call or visit us online for details. Become a nature center volunteer! No fees are charged at the nature center.


They are getting trail medallions for hiking sticks soon (think early 2022) but we enjoyed a nice mild 1 mile hike. We stopped in at the main building, but our main goal were the trails behind it.

There are multiple short loop and out-and-back trails here included a "disability accessible" trail that is paved and wide enough to accommodate most anyone. The "outer loop" includes part of their most difficult trail that is only difficult due to the slopes that must be traversed. Beautiful in the fall. It's also covered in informational signs and markers. Perfect for younger kids.

For those nearby, it does connect with the Cape La Croix trail (paved from what I could see) on the back end of the Paw Paw Valley trail.

— Curtis Carter

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