Ozark Natural Science Center’s mission is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Ozark natural environment.
Located in the heart of the Ozarks, ONSC hosts school programs, provides environmental education to all ages, and offers facility rentals.
There’s so much to see, experience, and learn while immersed in ONSC’s natural beauty.
Go on an outdoor adventure while also supporting our educational programs.
If you love to walk, bike, hike, paddle, and/or look for species in nature, then this is the event for you!
Free to register, then seek pledges to help you reach your goal.
Ozark Natural Science Center's Covid-19 Response
ONSC is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and visitors and follows all state directives and recommendations for indoor and outdoor gatherings, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning protocols. Learn more about our Covid-19 Response for Rentals, Events, and School Programs.
Virtual and On-Site Programs
Exploration Adventures - your place for fun and engaging science!
Ready to get out of the house? Our expert Teacher Naturalists take your family or small group on a guided hike, night hike, teach an outdoor class, or create custom lessons to your particular science curriculum, while maintaining the highest level of safety protocols.
Looking for Virtual Adventures?
We have a variety of virtual programs designed to keep you connected with nature even when you’re at home.
The Best of Both Worlds
Enjoy our virtual resources at home, then get into the woods for a family or small-group adventure. Need some ideas? Here are some ways to package our programs together to create an all-day or overnight adventure!
Nocturnal Exploration Adventure Package
From home, check out our Nature at Night On(line)SC virtual program. Then book a small-group Night Hike, pick up a Nature at Night Goodie Bag or Night Hike Goodie Bag, and stay overnight in a tent or one of our lodges, apartments, or retreat house.
Animal Exploration Adventure Package
From home, check out our ONSC L.I.V.E. videos about all the animals that interest you the most. Then book an Outdoor Classroom Lesson on Radio Tracking, Herpetology, Ornithology, Frog Watch, or Entomology. Pick up a Goodie Bag from our store, and follow your class up with a Guided Hike of your choice and keep a look-out for the animals you’ve studied.
Watery World Exploration Adventure Package
From home, check out our Forces of Nature On(line)SC virtual program. Then book an Outdoor Classroom Lesson on Creek Critters, pick up a Goodie Bag from our store, and take a Guided Day Hike along Creekside Trail.
Custom Exploration Adventure Package
Create your own package by combining your favorite outdoor classroom lesson(s), guided hikes, Goodie Bags, and overnight accommodations!