Jump to Cape’s Conservation Atlas record for full details, including directions, permitted activities, map, brochure, and complete regulations.

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.

Building hours

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays, and all state holidays.


  • Inside Cape Girardeau's North County Park, just east of Interstate 55 (Exit 99) and Kingshighway (State Highway 61).

Fun to see, do, and learn

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.


  • No pets, horses, hunting, collecting, littering, fires, and alcoholic beverages on the nature center grounds or trails.
  • No jogging, bicycling, skateboarding, in-line skating, scooters, and motorized vehicles on the trails.
  • Our Kids' Fishing Pond is for people 15 and younger.
Would you like to learn more about landscaping with Missouri's rich array of native plants? Download, print out and fill in this application out for MDC's upcoming March 12, 2016 Native Plant and Garden Seminar to participate.

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Missouri teachers and youth leaders are invited to use this brochure to plan group visits to Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

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Tupelo Times Newsletter

Browse current and back issues of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center newsletter.

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Plan to hike the White Oak Trace Trail at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center? Download, print, and carry this one-page map.

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