Learn About History & Conservation in the Ozarks
Spend time learning about history, conservation and more with Big Cedar’s educational activities. Find yourself face-to-face with prehistoric creatures and Native American artifacts at the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum or learn how to conserve the land at our Conservation Center at Dogwood Canyon.
Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
Find yourself face-to-face with prehistoric creatures, galleries showcasing the American West and civil war and astounding collections of Native American artifacts and artwork as you journey through the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum.
Please note: Electric carts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly recommend reserving your activity online in advance to access the best availability and pricing. Walk-ups are always welcome.
- Museum Hours
Sunday – Thursday | 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday & Saturday | 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Working Grist Mill
With your admission to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, visit the real, working grist mill on Little Indian Creek. Afterward, stay for lunch at the Canyon Grill.
Kids’ Nature Discovery Center
Complete with a treehouse, rope bridge, slide, reading caves and striking hand-painted murals depicting the Ozarks, the Kids’ Nature Discovery Center is the ideal place for children to spend time exploring, playing and discovering all that nature has to offer in a safe and exciting space.
- Reservations: Required
- Pricing: Call 1-800-225-6343
- Ages: 4-12 years old
Kids Adventure Club
Big Cedar Kids Adventure Club offers four-hour sessions for children ages 4-11. Each outdoor adventure is filled with games, nutritious snacks and learning experiences, including archery, environmental awareness and Native American history exploration. Parents can explore other Big Cedar activities knowing their children are in a safe, clean and comfortable space exploring on their own. They won’t even know you’re gone!
- Pricing: Call 417-335-2777
- Ages: 4-11 years old
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is an immersive, educational experience that showcases the importance of conservation. With your admission to this 10,000-acre nature park, you will have access to the conservation center and treehouse (seen on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters) as well as trails and a working grist mill.