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Conservation & Nature Center

Experience the globally unique desert-like habitat of the chert glades at Joplin's Conservation Nature Center, one of the last remaining areas like this on the planet. Explore over 4 miles of trails that lead you through the shaded forest, along the banks of sparkling Shoal Creek, then up a scenic trail where you can take in the view of the Ozarks from limestone bluffs. Or pack a meal and dine outdoors at one of the park's picnic areas.

Learn more about native plants and animals at the park's visitors center, where there's a 1,300-gallon aquarium and Ozark stream, nature discovery exhibits, reptiles on display, nature-themed art exhibits, the Heron's Nest gift store, and three indoor classrooms where nature programs are offered.
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602 S. Main Street    Joplin, MO 64801    800.657.2534
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