Shepherd of the Hills Nature Center

Shepherd of the Hills Nature Center


Missouri Department of Conservation


Branson, MO


11,000 sf

Located in Taney County just below the Table Rock Dam, Dake Wells Architecture was selected to conceive a new, visitor friendly facility to anchor the production oriented hatchery and solidify its image as a public resource and educational experience.

After careful site analysis, the new 11,000 square foot facility was located at the primary entrance to the hatchery, providing a welcoming gesture for the complex while strengthening the organization and security of the site. The building program includes public exhibit space with three large fresh water aquaria, classrooms, a presentation room, and administrative offices for biologists and conservationists.

Visitors enter the facility alongside an outdoor classroom and meander through the entry, lobby and exhibits as a stream meanders through the landscape, pausing at a series of eddies with focused displays such as the 5,000 gallon aquarium. Visitors then spill outdoors onto an elevated porch with expansive views of the hatchery, Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Dam.

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