Nature & Science

Brown and white formations inside Round Spring Cave
Inside Round Spring Cave

Photo by Patty Wheatley-Bishop

Rein Orchid with green and yellow small flowers
Rein Orchid (Platanthera flava) This rare orchid produces greenish-yellow flowers in June and July, and can reach a height of two feet. In Missouri, it is known to occur in only five counties.
Missouri Natural Areas in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is home to several "Missouri Natural Areas." These are specially designated areas that are worthy of extra protection and recognition due to outstanding scenic or scientific value. The program is adminstered by the Missouri Department of Conservation. To learn more visit their Missouri Natural Areas page.

If you'd like to explore any or all of these hidden treasures, by all means go for it! Remember however, that collecting plants, flowers, insects, rocks, etc, is strictly prohibitted to protect these special places.


Cherish these rivers. Witness for them. Enjoy their unimprovable purpose as you sense it, and let those rivers that you never visit comfort you with the assurance that they are there, doing wonderfully what they have always done." - (David Brower, Foreword to Oregon Rivers by Larry Olson and John Daniel)

Last updated: January 13, 2020

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