Project Description

  • Cape Nature Center - Architectural Design Services
  • A visit to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus is a seamless experience in which visitors take on a variety of new perspectives as they discover the region and the site, inside and outdoors.
  • The focus of the Nature Center exhibits is to encourage visitors to participate in outdoor skills and activities in the natural landscape of Southeast Missouri.
  • The Auditorium of the Conservation Campus Nature Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri seats 160.
  • Classrooms are located on the north and the private business functions are on the south side of the exhibit space.
  • The Swamp exhibit guides visitors through the wonders of the swamp and its biology and also the history of this man made wonder of Southeast Missouri.
  • A life size trapper’s cabin, adjacent to the window wall shows the wares of the trapper along with examples of the wildlife harvest that was accomplished by these settlers.
  • The glass wall curves gracefully from start to finish, maximizing the various views out into the forest.
  • The Conservation Campus in Cape Girardeau is a focal point for learning about nature, inspiring students and visitors to discover and care for the Southeast Region of Missouri.

Conservation Nature Center

Missouri Department of Conservation

Location:
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Project Type:
Nature Center

Size:
20,000 s.f.

Construction Cost:
$6.5 million

Completed:
May 2005

Design Team Members:
McClure Engineering Co. (formerly THHinc.) – Structural Engineering
CM Engineering, Inc. – MEP Engineering
AldrichPears Associates – Interpretive Design
The Portico Group – Landscape Architecture
Coil Construction – Contractor

“We are especially pleased that the building [Cape Girardeau Nature Center] itself is designed not only to conserve energy and other natural resources, but to serve as a learning tool, offering opportunities to educate about conserving resources.”
Keith Lesko, formerly with the Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Cape Nature Center - Architectural Design Services
  • A visit to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus is a seamless experience in which visitors take on a variety of new perspectives as they discover the region and the site, inside and outdoors.
  • The focus of the Nature Center exhibits is to encourage visitors to participate in outdoor skills and activities in the natural landscape of Southeast Missouri.
  • The Auditorium of the Conservation Campus Nature Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri seats 160.
  • Classrooms are located on the north and the private business functions are on the south side of the exhibit space.
  • The Swamp exhibit guides visitors through the wonders of the swamp and its biology and also the history of this man made wonder of Southeast Missouri.
  • A life size trapper’s cabin, adjacent to the window wall shows the wares of the trapper along with examples of the wildlife harvest that was accomplished by these settlers.
  • The glass wall curves gracefully from start to finish, maximizing the various views out into the forest.
  • The Conservation Campus in Cape Girardeau is a focal point for learning about nature, inspiring students and visitors to discover and care for the Southeast Region of Missouri.

Conservation Nature Center

Missouri Department of Conservation

Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Project Type: Nature Center

Size: 20,000 s.f.

Construction Cost: $6.5 million

Completed: May 2005

Design Team Members: McClure Engineering Co. (formerly THHinc.) - Structural Engineering CM Engineering, Inc. - MEP Engineering AldrichPears Associates - Interpretive Design The Portico Group - Landscape Architecture Coil Construction - Contractor

"We are especially pleased that the building [Cape Girardeau Nature Center] itself is designed not only to conserve energy and other natural resources, but to serve as a learning tool, offering opportunities to educate about conserving resources."
Keith Lesko, formerly with the Missouri Department of Conservation