Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

BUILDING TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center remains temporarily closed as we work on a reopening plan to accommodate social distancing in our facilities to keep visitors and staff safe.

Nature center trails remain from dawn until dusk daily. Please practice proper social distancing while on the trails.

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!

About this Area

For more information call
(417) 629-3423
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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.

  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
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Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Dawn to Dusk
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Located in Joplin just south of I-44. From I-44 take (exit 6) Hearnes Blvd/S Main St/Hwy 86. Travel south through the traffic circle, to Riviera Drive and turn west into the area.
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Entrance to the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Shoal Creek Building


Sunrise on the water with geese swimming in the distance.
Shoal Creek Sunrise


Wildflowers on chert glade at Shoal Creek CEC
Shoal Creek wildflowers


Stream bank in the fall at Shoal Creek.
Shoal Creek in the fall


Silver creek glade can be found at the Shoal Creek CEC
Silver Creek Glade at Shoal Creek