Tag Archives: Missouri Department of Conservation

Camping Season is Just Starting in Missouri

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Buck the trend — you might find it’s worth it. When many people think of camping, summer is the first thing that comes to mind.  After all, camping season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, right? But — if you think of camping season beginning after Labor Day, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Autumn is actually one of …

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Being in Nature Gets Kids Talking

Three Creeks Boys by Rock Formation

I was born with the gift of gab. I love talking to people—friends, family, even perfect strangers. So you can imagine my dilemma, distress really, that I have two boys, nine and 11, who rarely want to talk to me … THEIR OWN MOTHER! Over the years, I’ve tried numerous tactics to get them to talk and one solution always …

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Eagle Days Help You Discover Nature Around the State


Join thousands of wildlife watchers around the state to view our nation’s symbol in action. December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state and enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of our big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of …

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Missouri Naturalists Creatively Teach Outdoor Survival Skills

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) made sure participants walked away from a special, Halloween-related outdoor event feeling confident in their chances of surviving in the wild. Participants at MDC’s Survival Skills 101: Zombies course learned a lot out Missouri’s great outdoors and how to survive in the event of, you guessed it, a zombie apocalypse. If navigating unknown territory …

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Discover Nature Through Flowering Spring Trees in Missouri

Eastern Redbud

According to Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry experts, if we start getting more normal weather, dogwoods and redbuds could bloom early this year. So plan an early spring outdoor adventure to see flowering trees. But all bets are off if the thermometer continues the yo-yo behavior we’ve had over the past month. Extremely cold weather can actually cause flowering trees …

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Discover the Natural Wonderland of Winter in Missouri

Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs.

Winter in Missouri offers an abundance of natural beauty and is a great time to discover nature, both outside and inside. If you are willing to brave some cold weather in exchange for stark winter beauty, get out and explore some of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas located all around the Show-Me State. Wherever you may be in …

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Discover Nature With a Staycation This Holiday Weekend

Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia.

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature as they celebrate the holiday. A close, easy and inexpensive way is through a “staycation” where you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, walking the woods, picnics, fishing, …

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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!

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Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. …

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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. …

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