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Discover Nature at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. Enjoy these programs in October:
For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.
These Discover Nature events are held on the above dates ONLY.
Interested in the primitive? Come to Twin Pines Conservation Education Center for a three-day workshop and build a longbow from a wooden-stave, complete with handmade string. Materials will be provided. We will send a list of tools that will be needed upon registration.
The workshop starts Thursday, with lessons on the history and making of a longbow. Friday, you start constructing the bow. Complete the bow on Saturday.
Some woodworking skill is helpful. You must attend all three sessions. Limited to 15 participants, ages 15 and older. Please call for details and to register.
Discover Nature at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. Enjoy these programs in September:
Join Twin Pines Conservation Education Center for Jakes Day, Sep. 13. Jakes stands for Juniors Achieving Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. The event is for ages 6 to 12 and will have a variety of activities designed for the younger Jake, such as archery; air rifle; trail and hunting safety; and fishing skills. Lunch will be served.
Each participant will receive a free Jakes membership, door prize and goodie bag. There will also be a drawing for a grand prize. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.
This rugged forest and old fields area has a hiking trail and 25 miles of field roads open to horseback riders. It also offers access to the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. The 39,325-acre area is north of Eminence and extends 15 miles west to near Summersville. It can be accessed by Routes 19 and 106, or Route D.
On average, more than 278 million gallons of water flow from Big Spring each day, making it one of America's largest springs.
Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. Four miles south of Van Buren.
The spring, which is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, feeds the Current River.
Plan your family or group vacation, retreat, leadership seminar, or wilderness adventure with us. We offer lodges and campsites; an intimate setting; catered meals; retreat, trip, or vacation planning; a variety of activities; and a Christ-focused staff.
Adventures may include canoeing, caving, orienteering, climbing, rope courses, 7- to 14-day wilderness trips and other special activities.
This area is predominantly forest with glades, savanna, and old fields. Facilities/features include: primitive camping and two intermittent streams (Peters Creek, Sanders Branch). The area is located four miles west of Summersville on Route 17; then turn south on Route W and go three miles before turning west on Ranch Road, and go 1.75 miles. An entrance road to the area is five miles west of Summersville on Route 17.
Hike a nine-tenths mile trail that descends to the second-largest spring in Missouri, Greer Spring, which has an average daily flow of 222 million gallons. Look for the trailhead sign on Route 19, eight miles north of Alton. Homesteaded by Thomas Simson in 1845; purchased by Samuel Greer in 1859. Activities include picknicking, floating, canoeing, boating, fishing, camping, biking trails, a backpacking trail and equestrian trails. On-site parking and vault toilets are available.
This recreation area offers a picnic area and 15-acre lake known for largemouth bass, sunfish, panfish and channel catfish fishing. The lake is a non-motorized area; boat motors are not allowed. An electric trolling motor is permitted. There is ample parking for picnickers and fishermen. The campground is primitive with limited picnic tables, firerings, grills and lantern posts. A vault toilet is provided. No drinking water is available.
There is hiking at McCormack Lake Recreation Area. This is a trailhead for the 3.7-mile McCormack-Greer Trail, which ends at Greer Crossing Picnic Area and also connects to Ozark Trail. McCormack Lake Recreation Area is located on paved Forest Road 3155 off of Highway 19.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is America’s first congressionally designated national park for the preservation of a wild river system. The park encompasses more than 80,000 acres around two of America’s clearest and most beautiful spring-fed rivers: the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork River.
These rivers flow through pristine Ozark countryside, along towering bluffs and beside open pasturelands. Camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, exploring and just plain relaxing are the name of the game here. The park is famous as an area of exceptional caves and springs; more than 300 of each are known to exist in the park.
NOTE: The address shown and the location shown on the map are for the park's administrative headquarters.
This area is predominantly forest with nearly 1,500 acres in glades, along with old fields, savanna, cropland and some wetlands. Facilities/features include: primitive camping, picnic areas, a firearms range, viewing deck, two deer/turkey blinds, one intermittent stream and four Natural Areas (Grassy Pond, Goldenseal, Stegall Mountain and Mule Hollow). Go five miles east of Winona on Route H, then seven miles east on gravel in Shannon County.
We have 49 campsites, six with electricity, on the banks of the Current River. Group sites are available.
Cave tours are offered during the summer. Rangers offer free campfire programs on summer weekends.
Camping reservations can be made at www.Recreation.gov.
A part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Enjoy beautiful cave formations and the silent beauty of the underground world. Tours are offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; limit of 15 people per tour. Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes. No reservations are taken.
Sorry, we cannot accommodate large groups. Schools should call for special educational tours and programs.
Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each tour: $5; younger than 13, $2.
We are trying to control the spread of a disease among our bats. Spores and germs from one cave can infect another. Help us help the bats. Do not wear or bring any clothing, shoes or equipment that has been used inside any other cave.
SpaZA' firmly believes no two spas are alike and no two spas should have the exact same treatments. For that reason, SpaZA' creates a custom treatment for each and every client.
SpaZA' offers a wide variety of services, including massage therapy; deep refining facials; organic skin treatments; chemical peels; adult and teen acne care; body wraps; full-body salt glow and exfoliation; hair removal; far infrared sauna treatments; and mole/wart/skin tag removal.
SpaZA' Day Spa offers permanent cosmetic makeup (eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and full lip color). We offer services for corporate events, spa parties and birthday parties. Gift certificates available.
Spa Hours Mon-Friday 9am - 6pm; Evening and Saturday Appointments available by appointment only. Call 573-663-7145 or 573-714-5899 or visit www.spazadayspa.vpweb.com
In the mid-1800s, Father John Hogan (an Irish priest) lead a group of Irish immigrants to this area, desiring to escape oppression in St. Louis. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate soldiers raided the settlement. After the war, Father Hogan and his group had mysteriously disappeared; nothing remains.
Encompassing 16,277 acres of dense forest and undulating topography, The Irish is Missouri's largest Wilderness Area, where outdoor enthusiasts find hiking and backpacking opportunities and primitive camping. You’ll find sinkholes; streams that disappear below ground only to reappear downstream; bluffs; and breathtaking views of the Eleven Point River.
From the Camp Five Pond Trailhead, the Whites Creek Trail (rated moderate) weaves its way through hardwood forest, dry creek beds, springs, glades, grasslands and hillsides for a distance of 18.6 miles to the Eleven Point River. Along the Eleven Point you will find Whites Creek Cave. Horses are permitted. Motorized/mechanized vehicles are not allowed. At Camp Five Pond Trailhead there is a picnic area and a vault toilet. Check the area’s website for details, a map, and restrictions.
The U.S. Congress designated the Irish Wilderness in 1984. (Note: In 1968, a 44.4-mile portion of the Eleven Point River was one of eight U.S. rivers originally listed in the National Wild and Scenic River System.)
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of the Wilderness Area.
On-half mile of the South Fork of Spring River meanders through the east side of this 240-acre area. Approximately two-thirds of the area is open, and about 65 acres are classified as woodland. This area contains prairie and forest. Facilities/features include: Tingler Lake (three acres) and a permanent stream. The area is located south of West Plains: Take Route 17 south from West Plains about six miles to County Road 9100; take 9100 west to County Road 8110; then travel south about one-third of a mile to the access.
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.
Quiet, wooded campground at the confluence of the Current River and the Jacks Fork River. There are 19 individual sites that accommodate two tents and six persons. First come, first served. Two group sites accommodate 45 people each.
The group sites cannot accommodate recreational vehicles. No electrical or water hookups. Reservations can be made at www.Recreation.gov.
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