This new visitor center facility in Puxico, Missouri is built on a bluff-top, designed with views of the spectacular and historic wetlands and bottomland forest below. Utilizing the tall peaked roof in the exhibit hall, 22’ tall bald cypress and pin oak trees soar to the rafters with various animals hidden amongst their branches. Timber-and-stone graphic stations create the feeling of walking along an outdoor trail through the gallery. Hands-on interactive stations let visitors experience the unique topography of the Refuge, hear and identify the calls of its frogs and birds, and discover important facts about the land, water, plants and wildlife they may encounter while exploring the Refuge. A video theater and viewing area feature custom rustic hickory furnishings that evoke the local Ozark style with a modern twist.