The Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF) School is a national model for outdoor education. Located inside our National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri and operated in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Springfield Public Schools, the WOLF School educates and inspires future conservation leaders by offering fifth-grade students a full curriculum based on nature and conservation.
The Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series celebrates health and wellness, outdoor adventures and wildlife conservation in the beauty of the Ozarks. This annual series of fitness events, which hosts thousands of participants of all ages, starts in April and culminates with the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon in November.
The all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the world's foremost conservation attraction. Primarily funded and operated by the nonprofit Johnny Morris Foundation, Wonders of Wildlife consists of a 1.5 million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, and an immersive wildlife museum that brings visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. The 320,000-square foot experience celebrates the critical role hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation.
From tourism to sales tax revenue and local jobs, Bass Pro Shops is a significant economic driver in the Ozarks. As the number one tourist destination in Missouri, Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield attracts more than four million visitors each year. Big Cedar Lodge and its related properties attract an additional 1.4 million guests annually and growing. Our home offices, production facilities, resorts and attractions provide jobs for 6,000 associates in the region with more than 2,300 new local jobs created in the past three years.
40,000 kids and families participate in Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Days events each year. These free events celebrate outdoor adventures and skills. Held at various Missouri State Parks during the summer, Outdoor Days provides people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to try camping, canoeing, fishing, archery, rock climbing and more while learning about Ozark conservation efforts.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre nature preserve straddling the Missouri-Arkansas border, serves as a shining example founder Johnny Morris' commitment to conserving the Ozarks region. Developed by Johnny over a 30-year period, the park is operated by a nonprofit foundation and open to the public. The pristine natural environment provides an ideal setting for an array of nature-based attractions, educational activities and wildlife sightings.
The Ozarks are home to beautiful streams, rivers and lakes, and we do our part to keep them pristine. Our efforts help the James River Basic Partnership improve and protect almost a million acres of land spanning eight counties. After all, "we all live downstream."
Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions is the highest attended high school basketball tournament in the country. Since 1985, the annual showcase has attracted nationally-ranked teams to the Ozarks for must-see competition and marquee high school talent. The tournament is hosted at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University and supports Springfield Public Schools.
The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge invites fans to see true legends of the game, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Fred Couples and many more. Proceeds from the annual event benefit College of the Ozarks "Hard Work U," an award-winning college that provides deserving students with debt-free education. Tournament proceeds have established Vietnam and Gold Star Family memorials on the campus.
May 07, 2016
Bass Pro Shops associates volunteered their weekend to give back to the community at the Convoy of Hope event at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The event provided $1 million in free goods and services to the community. Hundreds of kids practiced their outdoors skills in our catch-and-release fishing pond and learned about local conservation.
June 09, 2016
Bass Pro Shops donated more than 32,000 rods and reels to nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada that connect kids with the outdoors. The gently used rods and reels were collected earlier this year when customers could trade them in for a discount on new gear. The donation is part of the “Gone Fishing” movement to encourage families to discover the fun of fishing and reconnecting with the great outdoors.
June 11, 2016
The James River Basin Partnership’s annual River Jam celebrates the preservation and conservation of our Ozarks waterway. As key sponsors of the event, Bass Pro Shops provided fishing, canoeing, kayaking opportunities for on the water for thousands of local residents, in addition to safety and conservation information.