Outdoor Adventure

MDC Nature Centers: Cool Places to Discover Nature

You know what they say about Missouri weather: If you don’t like it, wait five minutes. However, it’s a safe bet summer in Missouri will be hot—and this one certainly has been so far. But here’s one thing you might not have to bet on: You can still spend hours enjoying the Missouri outdoors no matter how hot summer is. ... Read More »

Whooooo’s There?

This summer, many families will take extended float trips that involve camping overnight. A lucky few may see or hear owls.  These majestic creatures are an essential and beautiful part of Missouri’s forests and wildlife areas, and it’s important that they are not killed, captured or disturbed. If it weren’t for owls, animals such as mice, rats and rabbits could ... Read More »

Memories Made on Missouri’s Rivers and Streams

Summer is here and there is a river nearby just waiting for you to explore! Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family camping and float trips. I learned how to skip rocks across the water’s surface and chase tadpoles through the water. I learned how to fish, kind of, and how not to get pinched by a crawdad. ... Read More »

Heading Outside? Here’s an Inside Look at Camping in Missouri

So if Missouri is the best spot for camping, what are some of the prime state parks to pitch a tent or pull in a camper? In a recent nationwide poll at About.com, readers voted Missouri the best state for camping. Montana and Colorado were next in the online voting. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, credits the state’s ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Are Hot Property at Parks

The noisy, early evening thunderstorm was a double delight. First, I got to watch the light show from a rocker on the porch of my cozy camper cabin at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. To the north, lighting flashed and thunder rumbled over Goggins Mountain. To the south, patches of blue sky peeked through the clouds. The deluge that followed overnight ... Read More »

Ribbon-Cutting at Dewey Short Visitor Center

The following is an excerpt from the April 23 Ozarks Water Watch newsletter. It was written by David Casaletto, executive director of Ozarks Water Watch. The wait is almost over! The US Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District announced the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center in Branson will take place this Friday, April 27. The ... Read More »

Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them. Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one ... Read More »

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »

Another End-of-Year List

It seems December of every year brings with it an onslaught of “best of” lists spotlighting everything from the best movies and songs, to moments and news-making events of the past 12 months. Here in Missouri, we’re blessed with so many wonderful people, places and events, we could do a “best of” list every day. But this year has been ... Read More »

Snowy Days a Prime Time for Hiking

It’s coming. In fact, it may be here by the time you read this. Some folks treasure the start of trout season. For others, it may be baseball’s opening pitch in spring. For me, one of the grandest days of the year is when I awake to a blinding sun reflecting off the first snowfall of winter. Prime time for ... Read More »