Ground broken on new MDC Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

When finished, new building will be more than double the size of previous structure

With a few ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt, the new Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center moved one step closer to becoming a location that can better welcome the large crowds that have literally lined up at the building’s doors for decades to learn about conservation.

On Monday, April 10, MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley joined fellow MDC staff, State Rep. Brian Seitz, Branson city officials, and others for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicked off the construction phase of the $6.7 million project. 

The new conservation center will be located at the same site – 483 Hatchery Road in Branson – as the former facility. The conservation center is adjacent to MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and serves as the hatchery’s visitors center.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Director Sara Parker Pauley (fourth from left) and Missouri State Rep. Brian Seitz (third from left) were part of the group that broke ground on MDC’s new Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center on April 10.

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