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The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located in Cape Girardeau's North County Park. It showcases the cultural history and natural resources of southeast Missouri.
Indoors, the nature center features hands-on exhibits for all ages, including the Corbin Collection of American Indian artifacts, freshwater aquariums, wildlife viewing areas, classrooms and an auditorium.
Outdoors, explore the White Oak Trace, which has two miles of trails winding through stands of poplar and oak trees, sinkholes and a small, man-made swamp. The nature center grounds include gardens featuring native wildflowers. At the Kid's Fishing Pond, children younger than 16 can try their hand at fishing for a variety of species. Poles and worms are available for use at no charge.
A Platte County haven of hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
Established in 1937, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge covers 10,795 acres two miles south of Sumner, near the confluence of the Grand and Missouri rivers.
Wildlife observation is the most popular activity, especially driving through the refuge in the evenings. The bird list at Swan Lake includes 241 species.
There are large populations of ducks, coots and geese. Also, the refuge is one of the best places in Missouri to observe bald eagles, with the numbers peaking near 100 during the winter months. The Visitor Center includes videos and exhibits. Hike the nature trail; photograph wildlife; hunt deer and geese (in season); and go fishing (Missouri regulations apply).
The refuge is open during daylight hours only. The interior of the refuge is closed early November to early March.
This education center offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, nature photography and other nature-related activities. A trail through the area provides access to pine-oak woodlands. Youth fishing clinics are allowed by special permit. Hunting is not permitted.
Because of its location in the midst of Missouri's most productive forests, Twin Pines places a special emphasis upon the history of the Ozarks timber industry. Displays at Twin Pines include vintage logging equipment; a log cabin; and an early 20th century schoolhouse.
A restored 1946 Chevrolet panel truck, outfitted with a generator and movie projector, celebrate the department's early efforts to spread conservation messages to Ozark communities that had no electricity.
Information and maps are available for viewing the elk, which are located at nearby Peck Ranch.
Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie is a remnant of the prairie ecosystem that once covered more than one-quarter of Missouri, with two small fishable ponds. It is home to plants and animals that are specially adapted for life on the open prairie. Activities on the area include bird watching, hiking, fishing and hunting. There are no designated trails and camping is not permitted.
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, located in Wildcat Park, is a nature center. It is adjacent to the last and largest remaining chert glades, a globally unique habitat found only in this area; and biologically rich Shoal Creek, an important place for migratory birds and other wildlife, such as the collared lizard. Our site enables you to see wildlife in its natural habitats not only in the wildlife viewing area of the center, but also on the nearby chert glades. You can enjoy native wildflowers, trees, birds, and other wildlife as you hike our three miles of nature trails along the banks of Shoal Creek, across the historic Redings Mill Bridge's scenic shoals and above the tree tops on a chert bluff.
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