MDC: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center implements seasonal hours

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WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Nature Center in Winona will implement new seasonal hours starting in December. Due to the reduction of public use in the winter months Twin Pines will close from Dec. 1 to March 31, and reopen with regular operating hours April 1.

“While the facility will close seasonally to visitors, MDC staff will still work year-round helping with other regional efforts, such as bringing nature programs into classrooms across the Ozarks,” said Skyler Bockman, MDC’s manager of Twin Pines. “This will enable us to reach out to more students throughout our region during these months, when visitation to the center is traditionally lower.”

Bockman said trails at the center will remain open to visitors through the winter months. The staff will still be available to the public by email at The center’s blog, The Pine Needle, will still be available at with current information on how to discover nature.

Twin Pines is located one mile east of Winona on U.S. Highway 60. For more information on Twin Pines, including directions and events, visit