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

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Project Type:
Nature Center

20,000 s.f.

Construction Cost:
$6.5 million

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