Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Programs: March 2022

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Trees: Tour of Midco
Registration period:
January 24 – March 3
Thursday, March 3, 2022 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

     Be taken back in time with a guided historic tour around Midco, once the largest town in Carter County, and one of the state’s largest industrial developments before it was hit by the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. Midco’s existence came about by a group of Kansas City investors looking for cheap land and timber that was plentiful in the rural Ozarks and named their business the Mid-Continent Iron Company.
     Midco’s chemical plant and iron foundry included a large charcoal blast furnace, the world’s second largest in operation at the time. It could refine up to 100 tons of iron per day by burning 180 cords of wood cut from more than 24,000 acres across a multiple counties of southern Missouri.
     When the United States entered World War I, Midco’s chemical plant was one of eight facilities around the country the U.S. Army contracted with for methanol (wood alcohol) and acetate to produce airplane dope, a thick varnish-like solvent used to coat the canvas wings of aircraft used during that time.
     Unfortunately, the Spanish flu sealed the demise of Midco as it struggled to find buyers for its products in the post-war economy, and by 1921, closed its doors for good. Not much remains of this once booming town except the impressive 165-feet tall smokestack, concrete walls and foundations covered by lichen, moss, and vines, and a cemetery.
     Participants will meet at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center at 12:30 pm, then caravan over to the Midco site to begin the tour.

Amphibians: Virtual Salamander Rule Breakers!

Registration period:
February 15 – March 23
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Online only

      As warm spring nights bring rain, salamanders start to stir! Join us as we explore the wild lives of our Missouri salamanders and how they break the rules of the amphibian world! Registered participants of this virtual program will be sent a link to join 24 hrs. prior to the program.

Nature Art: Pine Needlers
Registration period:
February 23 – March 23
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

    Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.


Open Seasonally. Check website for details.
20086 U.S. Highway 60
Winona, MO 65588

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
ADA Fully Compliant
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Activities On-site
Biking / Walking Trails
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Canoeing Outfitters
Equestrian Trails
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Seasonally Only
Group Policy
Advance Contact Requested
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
Personal Check