The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri's fish, forests and wildlife. Stop by this Center to check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits, or to hike the trails. You can also stop by to purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program, or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and all state holidays.
Address 201 W Riviera Drive Joplin, MO 64804-5637
Phone 417/629-3434; Fax417/629-3426
Free Programs and Other Fun Stuff
Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Call or stop by our office to find out about naturalist-conducted programs and hikes. Missouri educators may arrange field trips or check out educational trunks. Check out a Discover Nature Backpack filled with binoculars, field guides and other educational items to enhance your hike on a trail. The Center's trail system ties in with the CIty of Joplin's trail system.
Visit the Nature Center and Gift Shop
The Wildcat Glades Friends Group operates the gift shop where many MDC books are sold along with hunting and fishing permits.