List of nature centers in Missouri

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Missouri.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center Kansas City Jackson West Central website, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 37-acre Kauffman Legacy Park
Audubon Center at Riverlands West Alton St. Charles East Central website, located inside the 3,700-acre Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, operated by the National Audubon Society
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area St. Charles East Central 6,987 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Bennett Spring State Park Bennett Springs Laclede Mid-Missouri 3,216 acres, exhibits interpreting Missouri's springs and the park's natural environment
Big Oak Tree State Park East Prairie Mississippi Southeast 1,029 acres, exhibits on area natural history, logging, drainage of Missouri's bootheel, 1812 New Madrid earthquake
Bonebrake Center of Nature and History Salem Dent Mid-Missouri website, 12 acres, operated by the Bonebrake-McMurtrey Foundation
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Blue Springs Jackson West Central website, 1,067 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Sanctuary Blue Springs Jackson West Central website, nature library and bird viewing center, education programs, located in 7,809-acre Fleming Park, operated by the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau Southeast website, hands-on exhibits including Native American artifacts, freshwater aquariums, located in North County Park, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Cave Spring Kansas City Jackson West Central website, 39-acre urban nature center and historic area
Earth's Classroom Rosebud Gasconade Mid-Missouri website, 179 acres, experiential environmental education center
George Owens Nature Park Independence Jackson West Central website, 86 acres, operated by the City
The Green Center University City St. Louis East Central website, arts and environmental education organization, located in Kaufman Park
Kemper Outdoor Education Center Blue Springs Jackson West Central website, operated by the County in the 7,809-acre Fleming Park Nature Preserve
Knob Noster State Park Knob Noster Johnson West Central 3,934 acres, visitor center exhibits, nature programs
Lakeside Nature Center Kansas City Jackson West Central website, operated by Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, located in 1,800-acre Swope Park, also performs wildlife rehabilitation
Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center St. Charles St. Charles East Central website, includes exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native American displays and the Missouri River ecosystem
Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary Liberty Clay Northwest website, 53 acres, adjacent to the state-owned 40-acre Rush Creek Conservation Area
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Kirkwood St. Louis East Central website, 116 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Prairie Oak Nature Center Leawood Newton Southwest website, operated by the City in 115-acre Ironwoods Park, exhibits, live native animals
Remington Nature Center of St. Joseph St. Joseph Buchanan Northwest website, operated by the City, natural, Native American and cultural history of Northwest Missouri
Roaring River State Park Cassville Barry Southwest 4,093 acres, Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center open seasonally
Rockwoods Reservation Wildwood St. Louis East Central 1,843-acre state forest and wildlife conservation area, Conservation Education Center
Runge Nature Center Jefferson City Cole Mid-Missouri website, 107 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri habitat exhibits and displays, barn and farm exhibits, aquarium, cave exhibit
Sam A. Baker State Park Patterson Wayne Southeast 5,323 acres, seasonal programs in the nature/visitor center building
Science City at Union Station Kansas City Jackson West Central Science museum, includes nature center with live animals
Shaw Nature Reserve Gray Summit Franklin East Central 2,400 acres, run by the Missouri Botanical Garden as an extension
Springfield Conservation Nature Center Springfield Greene Southwest website, 80 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Winona Shannon South Central website, 462 acres, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation
Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center St. Charles St. Charles East Central website, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, history and clean-up of the Weldon Spring Ordnance Works, 150-acre seeded prairie
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center Joplin Newton Southwest 27 acres, partnership project of Audubon Missouri, the City of Joplin and the Missouri Department of Conservation
World Bird Sanctuary Valley Park St. Louis East Central website, 305 acres, sanctuary for birds of prey, nature center, seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions

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