The new Dewey Visitor Center has opened on the shores of Table Rock Lake in Branson.  The new 16,500 square-foot center is located near Table Rock Dam on Hwy 165, in clear view of both the lake and land.  The center’s focus is educating visitors on the lake and Missouri’s environment.

Table Rock Dam

The center features interactive exhibits designed to educate visitors about the dam, the White River Watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and sustainability.  Conference rooms, a video viewing area, a gift shop and a lab area for children to test out science experiments add to the Dewy Short Visitor Center.   Throughout the center, visitors are encouraged to participate in a “green” scavenger hunt during which they hunt for items relating to sustainability.

Environmentally friendly inside and out, the building is Gold Leadership in Energy and Design, or LEED, certified, meaning it is among the most environmentally friendly buildings that can be built.  Plus, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to be part of the natural landscape, with rain gardens and dry streams winding their way through the site.