Mission: Nuture understanding and appreciation of nature and culture through experiences at the bonebrake center of nature and history.
Programs: The bonebrake center of nature and history offers the general public living nature, culture, and history activities, recources, opportunities, and experiences, appealing to all ages and diverse interests. During 2014, over 75 programs were presented, involving over 2,000 participants, over 200 which were children. Many of these programs are designed by educators to be grade-equivalent. More than 20 volunteers presented these programs, spending many hours in preparation and presentation, as well as providing in-kind donations, including cookies, materials, supplies, etc. Although formal records cannot be maintained on visitors (for other than formal programs) to the bonebrake center (which includes over 12 acres), the number would be very significant. These statistics do not include participants and volunteers involved with the ozark kids (ok) connection programs.
ozark kids (ok) connection was developed and implemented during 2008 by the bonebrake center of nature and history. The programs are designed to provide children with outdoor experiences, weaving together the study of nature, history, and culture of the ozarks through service projects and other opportunities and experiences. During 2011, the program was expanded to include ages 5 through 15 (grades k-8). The ok connection programs at the bonebrake center encompass two full-day programs during the summer and mini-courses at other times during the year. Local area schools have been involved in the ok connection programs, either at the bonebrake center or at the respective school, or both. The programs are personalized to be grade-equivalent.