Twin Pines Conservation Education Center


Twin Pines is open April 1 with its normal business hours 8am to 5pm daily, Tuesday to Saturday.

Driving Directions

From the junction of Highways 19 (north)/60 in Winona, take Highway 60 east 1.30 miles.


Twin Pines has a visitor center, hiking trails, archery range, outside exhibits including a cabin, 1900s school house, antique forestry equipment, as well as forest management demonstration areas.

About This Area

The site has been open since January 2008 and serves school groups, youth organizations and the general public by highlighting the unique natural features of the Ozarks.  The site takes the Ozarks logging history and importance of forests and puts it center stage to impress the vital link we all have with forests, past, present and future.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Forest species will be very common on this site. The presence of pine means that pine dependent species will occur frequently. The pond attracts some wood ducks, and herons. Diverse forest managment demonstration areas will provide forest habitat in various stages of succession and growth providing additional habitat variety. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Highlighted Activities  Programs, special events and classes will be offered here by appointment.  
Hiking  The trail winds through a variety of forest types and a variety of forest managment techniques. The area is managed to show the many ways Missourians can manage their forest.  
Nature Viewing  Site management benefits a wide variety of upland forest species.  Prescribed fire stimulates certain wildflowers and shrubs while non fire management units favor other species that are not so fire tolerant.  Reptiles, amphibians, insects, wildflowers, small mammals and so much more are available for nature viewing.  
Other  Twin Pines has an archery range that is open to the public from sunlight to sunset.  The range has a variety of shooting distances.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
OtheraccessibleArchery Range  Archery range has a targets at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards as well as a series of 10 yard training targets.  
Parking Lotaccessible  The main parking lot south of the building is paved but there is a gravel, overflow lot north of the building.  
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Restrooms are located inside the Education Center and are available during business hours.  
Visitor CenteraccessibleTwin Pines Conservation Education Center   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Mule Camp Pond 2.00 acres This is a 2.0 acre pond with bass, hybrid sunfish and channel catfish. The pond is used for education opportunities such as "Kids Fishing Clinics" or by special use permit obtained at the nature center.  Fishing equipment can be loaned out during business hours.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 395.16 Primarily a Pine-Oak Woodland community type. The site has a variety of forest management techniques on display. There are many ways to manage a healthy forest. Twin Pines showcases the methods and interprets the purpose behind every method. If you want more information inquire at the visitor center.  
Lakes/Ponds 2.00 Largemouth bass, hybrid sunfish, and channel catfish. Fishing for youth clinics by special use permit only.  
Other 45.00 Highway 60, Gravel roads, Powerlines 
Total Area Acres:442.16 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Milltown Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.14 
Story Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.22 
Tree Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.50 
Nature's Way Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.75 
Woodland Walk Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.83 

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Shooting Range General Information







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