Springfield Conservation Nature Center is a great place to enjoy nature getaways in the Show-Me-State. This 80-acre slice of the Ozark outdoors, within the city limits of Springfield, is a place to connect with nature and to learn the importance of conserving it, too. Enjoy three miles of walking nature trails, attend programs, and explore exhibits. The nature trails are open to foot traffic only.
4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield MO 65804, 417-888-4237
Hours: March 1-Oct. 31: Trails open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 1-Feb. 29: Trails open daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 1-Oct. 31: Building open, Sun., noon-5 p.m. and Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 1-Feb. 29: Building open, Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.