Tag Archives: nature

The Coolest Birds in Missouri

In Missouri, winter is for the birds. Literally. As January begins, bird watching opportunities abound across the state, indoors and out. And what better way to celebrate National Bird Day on January 5 than taking in the avian sights around the Show-Me State? Start by letting your spirit take wing at World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, where you can meet …

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Floating in Missouri: The Calling of the River

For nearly 30 years I have been involved in the paddlesports industry. I have witnessed thousands of float trips, and have even managed to sneak off for a few of my own. For me, every time I answer the call of the river, the conversation is familiar, yet as different as the water flowing through the stream. There is a …

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Being in Nature Gets Kids Talking

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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Enjoy Missouri’s Spring Show

I love springtime with its landscape of greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples and reds, not to mention the fragrant whiffs of fresh springtime air greeting me each time I venture outside. Warm breezes, bright sunshine and vibrant pops of color rejuvenate my senses. Yes, one of my favorite times of year has finally sprung! Take it from me, a stroll …

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A Guide to Missouri Wildflowers

Spring is the season of renewal. Breezes are soft and warm. Tiny leaves emerging from awakening trees are a green you only see in this season. Bird song is at full volume. It’s the best time to explore Missouri’s outdoors – especially her forests. With the bluebird sky you’ve waited for all winter, Missouri’s state tree – the dogwood – …

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101 Days of Summer in Missouri

Caves are cool, fish are biting, music fills the air, ribs are in the smoker and the home team’s rivals are in town for the weekend. It doesn’t get much better than summer in Missouri. Unofficially, summer lasts 101 days (starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and stretching through Labor Day), which is barely enough time to take care …

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Spring Surprises in Missouri State Parks

Cabin fever got you down? Shake the post-winter blahs and enjoy the spring warmup by taking a walk in the woods. You may find a few surprises along the trail of your choice. “Ephemeral” means short-lived and spring ephemerals are tiny wildflowers that pop up amid the leaf litter when the first warming rays of sunshine hit the forest floor. …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Taum Sauk Mountain

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Located in the St. Francois Mountains of the Ozarks …

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Enjoy the Outdoors on Black Friday

After the leftovers have been put away and the shopping has been done, Missouri State Parks is inviting Missourians to spend time outdoors this Black Friday.  Missouri’s state parks and historic sites provide a great opportunity to unwind with family, get outside and explore history. In the spirit of offering unbeatable Black Friday deals, Missouri State Parks is sponsoring free …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! When Babler Memorial State Park was founded in 1938, …

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