Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

About this Area

For more information call
(573) 290-5218

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Lake in front of the Cape Girardeau CNC
MDC Staff

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.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Holidays
Columbus Day
10/11/2021
Closed
Thanksgiving Day
11/26/2020
Closed
Independence Day
07/04/2021
Closed
Labor Day
09/06/2021
Closed
Truman Day
05/08/2021
Closed
Memorial Day
05/31/2021
Closed
Washington's Birthday
02/15/2021
Closed
Lincoln Day
02/12/2021
Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/18/2021
Closed
New Years Day
01/01/2021
Closed
Christmas Day
12/25/2020
Closed
Directions
Located within the north portion of the Cape Girardeau County Park, just east of Interstate 55 (Exit 99). Take Kingshighway (State Highway 61) east 0.25 mile of I-55 to the park and nature center.

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View to entrance of Cape Girardeau CNC main entry
Cape Girardeau CNC Entrance

Cape Girardeau CNC trail

children walking over a wooden bridge on a trail
Cape Girardeau CNC trail

Cape Girardeau CNC fishing

child fishing at a pond
Cape Girardeau CNC fishing

Cape Girardeau CNC exhibit

Child at an exhibit
Cape Girardeau CNC exhibit

Cape Girardeau CNC fish tank

children looking at a large fish tank
Cape Girardeau CNC fish tank