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Amazing Outdoor Adventure


Life Changing Location and Focus

Hidden deep in the hills of Southern Missouri on a beautiful 750-acre ranch surrounded by thousands of acres of the Mark Twain national forest, Ozark Trails Academy residential treatment center has the luxury of being in an environment that lets youth completely disconnect from the outside vices of the world.

The nature setting allows students to commit their full attention to themselves, their individualized treatment, the peer dynamics at Ozark Trails, and their families, all intentional components of the clinical therapy.

This is made possible with unlimited access to spring rivers, caves, climbing, hiking, equine and biking trails, that provide the perfect balance of nature, with a safe home-type environment.

All of the environmental components at Ozark Trails allow for an intensive clinical experience to occur while methodically, comprehensively and thoroughly addressing each student’s treatment needs.

Research demonstrates better post-treatment outcomes when youth participate in wilderness therapy in conjunction with residential treatment. This addition of an adventure therapy here at Ozark Trails is consistent with that research, and helps your teen start to reconnect with himself, herself, you and others.

This is part of the beauty of our unique location. There is so much to do here, the experiences themselves end up doing the teaching for us. These experiences, along with reflection time alone and as a group, help your teen process emotions, examine personal behavior, interact socially, develop relationships and improve self-esteem.

We believe that the unique environment here at Ozark Trails Academy home for troubled teens offers a one-of-a-kind space for a teen like yours to learn, grow and develop life skills that will help them succeed in life, long after they’ve graduated.


therapeutic-boarding-school-in-missouriWork, Learn, Play, Grow

  • Beautiful 750-acre ranch
  • Experiential learning
  • Emotional processing
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Residential Treatment
  • Hiking/climbing/horses
  • Safe, home-type environment
  • Cohesive/thorough approach

Where Wilderness Meets Adventure in a Residential Treatment Center