Keep up with Springfield Nature Center with text alerts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Are you interested in knowing what is going on at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center? The Nature Center is adding text alerts as another way people can learn about and participate in programs and events at the facility. By texting "MDC Springfield" to 468311, subscribers will receive up to eight texts per month to remind them of free events and happenings at the facility.

"We often hear from people that they wanted to attend an event, but forgot about it or didn't even know it was happening," said Nature Center Manager Linda Chorice. "Texting provides another way we can connect with visitors and make sure they don't miss an opportunity to discover nature with us." There is something for everyone at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The Center's many free public programs, workshops, and special events welcome all ages.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center occupies 79 acres and includes three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural communities. Visitors can also learn about events at the Nature Center and other nearby MDC areas by subscribing to the bi-monthly newsletter "Nature Connections." Call 417-888-4237 to have the newsletter mailed or subscribe to the online version at, enter your e-mail and subscribe to "News, Events and Newsletters – Southwest Region." From this same location, visitors may scroll down to "Facility Reminders," click on the "+" button and select "Springfield CNC Reminders" to receive e-mail alerts from the Nature Center.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way in southeast Springfield, just west of U.S. 65 off the James River Freeway (U.S. 60). Winter building hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The trails are open currently 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The Nature Center is closed on all state holidays.