Springfield Conservation Nature Center  LbNA # 34653

OwnerSpfld Cons. Ntr Ctr    
Placed DateSep 1 2007
LocationSpringfield, MO
Found By Burdick Bunch
Last Found Nov 1 2010
Hike Distance?

NOTE: The Letterbox is currently unavailable. We will update when the box has been replaced.

Letterboxing at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center

(*Note: Please check on trail conditions for trail closings before proceeding on the trail. Read the rules at the trail head and please stay on the trail. For more fun, read the clues one stanza at a time and solve before moving on.)

The tail of an immature skink, is this color, too
Walk this trail, and search for the next clue
Talk to your family, they’re in this, too,
Three or more heads is better than two.

Like a squirrel from a leafy nest,
Stop right here and take a rest.
Listen for the songs of birds you like best.
Imitate one; this is a test.

You have a choice: ascend the hill
Or veer to your left for the biggest thrill.
In the bottomlands, stand very still;
Look for spicebush and paw paws at the base of the hill.

This habitat is perfect for muskrats and cattails;
Fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, and aquatic snails
Look for a nest box, up on a stand,
Its home for Prothonotary warblers, they need a hand

A scaly bark tree with a hole at its base,
Is another example of a home, just in case
An animal needs a quick place to hide.
But wait! Something bigger could be lurking inside.

Spanning the water to help you stay dry,
This big manmade structure will keep you up high
Stop and count all the fish, give it a try.
You’ll get to your destination by and by.

If the sun is shining, you’ll undoubtedly get hot,
Grasses grow here, and trees do not
Here you’ll find daisies, coneflowers, and the lot;
Mice and voles hide to avoid getting caught

Straight as an arrow? I hardly think so.
This wooden pathway is bent and goes to and fro.
Another marshy area it covers quite well,
You’re getting closer, I’m sure you can tell.

This place is named for a location nearby,
As it travels along you can hear it bubble and sigh
Sometimes too much rain makes it get very high;
It blows out of its bank and passes right by.

It’s time to stop and rest for awhile.
You’ve been traveling more than a mile
There’s only 1 clue left in this letterboxing trial,
Figure it out and then you will smile.

A troll we don’t have, but boy if we did,
He’d be lurking here to try to scare kids
So cut the "suspens(e)ion," it's time for the end
Look underneath and, yes, you'll need to bend

Now that you've found it, whisper with glee
Put it back quick and hide it carefully
There’s nothing scary in the woods, you see
Just lots of discoveries for you and me!

**We hope you enjoyed Letterboxing at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. For more information, please contact the nature center at 417/888-4237 or e-mail Linda.Chorice@mdc.mo.gov.

The nature center area is open daily from 8am-8pm from March 1 through October 31 and from 8am-6pm November 1 through February 29. The nature center building is open Tuesday - Saturday 8am-5pm year round and on Sundays from 12-5pm from March 1 - October 31. The nature center building, area, and trails are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Stop by the front desk to pick up a trail map and to sign up for the newsletter to learn more about the nature center's programs and activities.