Springfield Conservation Nature Center

BUILDING TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Springfield Conservation Nature 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 OPEN, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Please practice proper social distancing while on the trails. Note: Pets, bicycles, and running are not allowed on the trails.

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!

About this Area

For more information call
(417) 888-4237
Total Acres
78.8

This 80-acre slice of the Ozarks outdoors, within the city limits of Springfield, is a place to connect with nature and learn the importance of conservation. Enjoy: three miles of walking trails; educational and informative programs and events; nature and conservation exhibits. The Visitor Center features an information desk, where visitors learn about the facility and its schedule of programs. Hunting and fishing permits are sold. The building includes a self-guided exhibit area, a gift shop, a 150-seat auditorium, classrooms and restrooms. The grounds include a covered picnic area. There is pull-through bus and RV parking. Camping, hunting and fishing are not allowed on the grounds.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Viewing PlatformViewing Platform
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
M: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

T: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

W: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

TH: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

F: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

SA: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

SU: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Directions
Located in southeast Springfield just west of Highway 65 off the James River Freeway (Highway 60). Follow brown direction signs to the center.
Area Regulations

Springfield Conservation Nature Center Trails

Explore, connect, and discover nature at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

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