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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.


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

Conservation Center

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.