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Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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Address: 4601 S Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804-4920
Phone Number: +1 417-888-4237
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This place is beautiful. A super walking trail network which is well-marked. The nature center is also very well done and has fun interactive exhibit s. I strong recommend this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rick F
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Friendswood, Texas
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Friendswood, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is beautiful. A super walking trail network which is well-marked. The nature center is also very well done and has fun interactive exhibit s. I strong recommend this place. You'll need 2-3 hours.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The nature trails are an amazing place for a walk, jog, etc. Most of the time you will run into all sorts of wildlife, whether it's deer, turkey, chipmunks, lizards, turtles, etc. The trails are beautiful and some of them run alongside Lake Springfield/James River. It's safe, and there are usually plenty of other people around. You can also check... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The staff at the nature center are very friendly. There are many things for the children to explore in the front building. The trails are gorgeous!! Bring a camera for some great photo opportunities. We saw the beginnings of the leaves changing for Fall; I'm sure it will be even more spectacular in a few weeks. The hike can be... More 

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Republic, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We live only a half hour from the Springfield Nature Center. If it's a nice day, and we have no other plans, we will drive to the center for a nature walk. Depending on the time, or distance, we want to spend....there are several options. We enjoy the "long trail" the most. Beautiful surroundings. Sometimes I go there alone to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

After a long day on the road we really appreciated this beautiful spot to walk off our big dinner. There were a few trails to choose from which were very well marked. The place appears to be very popular with locals. I saw a no dog sign but also saw people with dogs?

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

....in a convenient location! I took the long trail, earlier this year. The walking was physically taxing, due to my pacing, and the small groups of deer I noticed numbered 4! The feeling was of having been transported to somewhere besides the city!

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

On a Sunday afternoon outting. I'm disabled and my son pushed my chair down the paved path. We had a picnic down by Lake Springfield. Had fun!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Took the GF's brother and his GF walking here last time they were in town. They have done a lot of improvements to the trails, including paving a large section of them. The non-paved trails are still very well maintained. Saw a large variety of wildlife even though we were only there for a couple hours.

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Thank Charles S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This is a nice little Nature Center for walking with a friend, or your children. They have an indoor experience which is small but nice and educational. You can always see wildlife here especially deer. The wildlife are pretty acclimated so it's easy for you to see them and take pictures. They have the viewing room where you can view... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We didn't get to stay long, but enjoyed the visitors center and a short walk on one of the trails. Beautiful area. Would like to go back when we have more time and enjoy a picnic and a nice long hike.

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