Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy the Mud: Obstacle-Course Racing in Missouri

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Are you looking for a unique and active experience on your trip to Missouri? Do you want something that will give you bragging rights and stories you will remember for years down the road? A Missouri Obstacle Course Race will provide just the active challenge you are looking for as you explore the Show-Me State. The recent explosion of obstacle-course ... Read More »

Trout Season Begins at State Trout Parks

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an article on trout fishing in Missouri. Please click here to read the full article on VisitMO.com. There are some things you truly have to see to believe. The opening day of trout season at Missouri’s trout parks is among them. “It is an event,” says Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the ... Read More »

Winter a Great Time to Plan Your Summer Float Trip

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For many outdoor enthusiasts, last summer was rough. Hot temperatures and very little rainfall kept many of us indoors. And while most of the winter season has been mild, the past couple of weeks have been a reminder that “old man winter” is not quite over. So if you find yourself trapped indoors again, take advantage of the opportunity to ... Read More »

Grow Native! Keep Missouri Looking Like Missouri

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First Lady Ladybird Johnson once said, “I want Texas to look like Texas, and Vermont to look like Vermont.” The first lady, known for her love of flowers and who has a wildflower research center in Texas named for her, would be proud, I think, of Missouri’s Grow Native! program, which strives to ensure Missouri looks like Missouri. Missouri is ... Read More »

Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius

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Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have ... Read More »

‘Nature’s Garbage Collectors’ Don’t Charge Disposal Fee

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Four birders on a December 2011 outing to Ha Ha Tonka State Park focused their binoculars on a green tag attached to the wing of one of 28 roosting turkey vultures. The tag said E43. They reported their finding to the Bird Banding Laboratory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center said the tag was attached to the bird ... Read More »

Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Halloween Tricks and Treats from MDC

Get outside to discover nature in Missouri’s great outdoors! This Halloween, the Missouri Department of Conservation is digging into its field guide for the facts about Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined. Get some Halloween tricks and treats from MDC by Discovering “Show-Me Freaks of Nature” by clicking here. Happy Halloween! Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »