You want to have some outdoor fun with the kids, but you're not the outdoorsy type.
It's okay. Missouri has seven Conservation Nature Centers where the fun of the outdoors comes indoors and gives both adults and children a chance to learn more about the world around them.
Best of all, the Missouri Department of Conservation's Nature Centers are spread throughout the state and admission is free!
The Cape Girardeau Nature Center showcases southeast Missouri’s natural resources and cultural history, while the Springfield Conservation Nature Center has exhibits on Ozark hills of southwest Missouri, plus three miles of outdoor trails.
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs has a wildlife viewing room (it is indoors) and a 3,000-gallon aquarium. Across the state, in Kirkwood, discover the outdoors at the Powder Valley Nature Center, where you find a variety of exhibits, including a living beehive.
Located in the center of the Show-Me State, Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City offers a look at the outdoor character of each of Missouri’s regions with hiking trails and demonstrations outside, as well as a library, exciting exhibits and an indoor wildlife-viewing area.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona places a special emphasis upon the history of the Ozarks timber industry, while the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City focuses its educational programs on helping urban children and adults appreciate the bounty and beauty of nature.
After spending time indoors and enjoying exhibits, including those featuring live animals, venture outside: The Conservation Nature Centers have other features, including trails, boardwalks and wildlife-viewing areas. Click on the links at right to see the different amenities available at each center.
Make your journey to one of these centers part of your outdoors experience in Missouri.