Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center
Missouri Department of Conservation
United States Forest Service
State Park
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
National Park Service
Preserving Ozark Natural Resources and Culture

The ONCRC features a variety of free exhibits each year which highlight Ozark Culture and Natural ResourcesThe Ozark Natural & Cultural Resource Center was created to provide information about natural and cultural opportunities for learning and recreational experience, while promoting responsible resource stewardship.

The Center is in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Missouri Department of Conservation,
Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Mines, and The Pioneer Forest. Each has a display at the Center.

Exhibits are free to the public.

ONCRC is a non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers. It is managed by the Salem Area Community Betterment Association.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

If you would like to volunteer come in, call, or email us at oncrc@salemmo.com

Free Exhibits

All exhibits are free admission. Mon - Fri from 9-5pm unless other wise noted.


Scenes of the Ozarks

July 3rd thru July 31st

Photographic Collection of freelance photographer and native of Dent county Ron Lewis.
30 scenes of local Ozark scenes are on display at ONCRC from July3-July 31 taken by Dent County native Ron Lewis.  Ron is a 1974 graduate of Salem High School and started his interest in photography with a SLR Canon AE-1 while serving in the Navy.  He wanted to capture the beauty of life at sea and ports he would visit in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Unfortunately all his photographs and the Canon A-1 were lost in a house fire in the 1990's.

After retirement in 2012, Ron returned back to the Salem area near Montauk State Park. Retirement has provided him the time and motivation to again pursue his love of photography.  His photography interest are primarily the capturing of Ozark landscapes, rivers and state parks as well as Astrophotography and scenery on his travels.

His work can be viewed or prints purchased on Facebook page, R Lewis Photography;
Ozarks Scenery and Astrophotography.  His email address is Bohntr2315@aol.com

For more information, please call (573) 453-6091


Upcoming Exhibits:


Salem Area Arts Council questions? Contact Libby Sanders on FaceBook at (SAAC)facebook.com or email her at SAAC@embarqmail.com

SAAC's Salem Community Acoustic Jam meets every 4th Saturday night at 6:30 pm in the ONCRC conference room. Come on down!

Call 573-729-0029 or e-mail oncrc@salemmo.com for more information

The ONCRC is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and for the months of January and February.