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 2016, several dozen programs were presented, most of which were on-site although some programs were presented off-site at school facilities, to professional groups, and seniors. Many of these programs were designed by educators to be grade-equivalent. All programs were presented by volunteers, including trustees. The facilites are also rented out, at nominal rates or free of charge, to encourage experiences on, and expand interest in, the bonebrake center. The outdoor facilites, 12+ acres including a water spring, trails, wild and native flower gardens and trees, prairie, and a cook's log cabin, are open to the public, free of charge, during daylight hours. Although formal records cannot be maintained regarding walk-on visitors, the number is substantial and is known to include special occasions groups, including weddings and general photography shootings.
ozark kids (ok) connection was developed and implemented during 2008 by trustees of the bonebrake center of nature and history. The programs are designed to encourage children to have outdoor experiences, by weaving together the study of nature, history, and culture of the ozarks through service projects and other 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. Local area schools have become involved in the ok connection programs, either at the bonebrake center, at the respective school, or both. The programs are personalized to be grade-equivalent.