Springfield Chapter Master Naturalists Barbara and Bob Kipfer lead weekly sessions with the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF) school on topics ranging from insects and animals to Invasive Species.  The emphasis is on ecological  interrelationships such as food webs and predator/prey.

Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility is an innovative Springfield Public School program that accommodates two classes of 5th grade students.


Students attend WOLF each day school is in session. Their physical classroom is in the Wonders of Wildlife Museum behind Bass Pro Shops on Sunshine. However, they spend a substantial amount of time engaged in hands-on inquiry “in the field,” including the Wonders of Wildlife museum.


Two WOLF teachers instruct students in the same core curriculum as other Springfield 5th graders. The difference is that all subjects are taught in the context of nature and conservation education. 




Our mission is to engage people in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.


1. Improve public understanding of natural resources ecology and management by developing a pool of local knowledge about natural resources ecology that can be used to enhance education efforts within local communities.


2. Enhance existing natural resources education and outreach activities by providing natural resources training at the local level, thereby developing a team of dedicated and informed volunteers.


3. Develop a self-sufficient Missouri Master Naturalist volunteer network. 

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