Johnny Morris Conservation Foundation

Steadfast for Conservation

The Johnny Morris Conservation Foundation is one of the most significant conservation foundations in North America, with a passion for advancing conservation by honoring the traditions of hunting and fishing. The not-for-profit Foundation embodies Johnny Morris and his lifelong dedication to giving back to ensure the outdoors and all it has to offer is available for future generations. Today, the Foundation operates some of the nation’s most significant conservation attractions while forging an unprecedented alliance uniting diverse partners to create North America’s largest conservation movement.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors – We borrow it from our children.
Chief Seattle

World-class conservation attractions

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive conservation attraction in the world is located in the heart of America in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

Unprecedented in scale and scope, Wonders of Wildlife is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. With 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, the 350,000-square-foot complex is a wonder in and of itself.

Beyond its sheer scale and quality, what’s most impressive about the museum and aquarium is its powerful message to inspire everyone to connect with the outdoors.

The museum and aquarium pay homage to the sportsmen and women of yesterday, today and tomorrow with the knowledge that the surest way to preserve our rich outdoor heritage is to expose more people to its awe-inspiring beauty.

  • Voted “America’s Best Aquarium” by USA TODAY (2020, 2018)
  • Voted, “America’s Best New Attraction” by USA TODAY (2017)

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre slice of alluring Ozarks paradise offering hiking, biking, Segway tours, wildlife tram tours, horseback riding, trout fishing and more. Created by Johnny Morris, the not-for-profit nature attraction serves as an outdoor playground that inspires visitors to get involved in wildlife conservation. The natural beauty of the park includes towering bluffs, waterfalls, creek beds, handcrafted bridges and wildlife such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk and white-tailed deer. Dogwood Canyon’s Conservation and Education Center is used to teach the importance of protecting and conserving the great outdoors with interactive nature-based education programs for all ages.

Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve

Top of the Rock is a nature-based heritage preserve and majestic cliff top experience adjacent to Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. It includes the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and is part of a 462-acre development with remarkable restaurants and social spaces with jaw-dropping views that accompany unforgettable nature-based attractions. The Lost Canyon Cave Trail is a self-guided electric cart tour through an Ozarks landscape and cave, and the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum celebrates the people, wildlife and history of the Ozarks region. One of the largest private collections of Native American artifacts anywhere, the experience is a powerful tribute to America’s first conservationists developed in partnership with a council of tribal leaders from across the country.

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