The Pine Needle is for people interested in the conservation, management, restoration and enjoyment of the fish, forests and wildlife of the Missouri Ozarks counties of Shannon, Carter and Ripley.

Don't Wait Till You See the Whites of Their Eyes

Hunter Education
Spring turkey season is just around the corner. If getting hunter education certified in on your list of things to do before the season starts you have several options except putting it off! More

Nature’s Night Shift

Night Hike
When the sun goes down another shift comes on out in the woods. Learn how nocturnals are worthy of fascination not fear. More

But I Don't Want It Under My Porch...

Black Bear Helping Himself to a Snack at the Bird Feeder
Wildlife can be fascinating to observe, but when nature gets a little too close, you have to think like a critter to solve the problem. More

Volunteer Orientation Set at Twin Pines

Spend a Saturday to see if volunteering for MDC is right for you. More

Coming to an Inbox Near You!

Program notices for Twin Pines are now as close as your cell phone
New e-mail notifications for Twin Pines Conservation Education Center programming can keep you in the know. More

Yes, There is Something to Do!

Tori, McKenna and Margaret enjoy a fall day on the trails at Twin Pines CEC
What to do after the holiday feasts are done? Tired of the family lamenting there is nothing to do? Nothing could be farther from the truth! Why not get out, discover nature and explore our conservation heritage at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. Maybe even work off that extra slice of pie…. More

MDC Offers Gigging for Beginners Workshop

Wendy, Trish and Laura show the results of their successful night of gigging.
Although gigging has been around for centuries, these beginners got a taste of what is modern and what is still traditional about this Ozarks' sport. More

Forest Gardening

A timber sale at Rocky Creek CA will mean healthier trees.
A lesson from my grandfather about thinning and weeding to keep a garden healthy applies equally to Missouri's forests. More

To the Animals, It Just Smells Like Home

Another successful bowhunt in the Ozarks by Robert Crewse
Continue the hunting heritage of the Ozarks by making your own cover scent gathered at your favorite hunting spot. More

Hours Changing At Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, Winona
A change in the hours will offer more opportunities for school field trips and lots to do with the family on Saturdays. More
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