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University Forest Environmental Education Center

University Forest teaching and research center closes after more than 60 years

The education center is situated on 160 acres in north Butler County, MO. Within a few minutes' drive are Lake Wappapello, Mingo Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Duck Creek Wildlife Area, and the Black and St. Francis River watersheds.

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Education – A Unique Outdoor Classroom Opportunity

The University Forest Environmental Education Center is located at the southeast edge of the Missouri Ozarks, a unique and remote wildland habitat that provides first-hand experiences in upland and bottomland forest ecology. More


Research – Long-term and Cutting-edge

Since 1947, numerous research projects have been carried out at University Forest Environmental Education Center; some offering invaluable long-term datasets and others addressing today’s emerging questions. More

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Outreach – The Perfect Ozark Retreat

University Forest is not only used by MU faculty and students as an off-campus field station for education and research, it is also home to a growing number of continuing professional education workshops and seminars by governmental, educational and ecologically-related organizations. More