The Pine Needle

Discover Paddling, Discover Nature

Aug 17, 2016

Have you ever wished you could float silently through the woods, sneaking up on wildlife for a hunt, a birding expedition, or just a better photo? There is a way, and it affords you a lot more than just a closer look.

Searching for Conservation

Jul 06, 2016

These teens signed on for a day job shadowing an employee with the Missouri Department of Conservation. They found a lot more than just an interesting employer.

Kegan Roberts

The Kids Who Were Afraid of Snakes

Feb 11, 2016

Twin Pines’ Naturalists bring a slithering sign of summer to Willow Springs elementary on a cold winter’s day.

First Flies

Feb 03, 2016

There's something very special about the first fly you ever tie. It won't be your best, and it might not be your worst, but chances are it will be your favorite.

Fly Tying

The Best Kept Ozark Secret is Out

Jan 22, 2016

Find out what you've been missing out on just outside the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

A group of hikers poses for a photo at Klepzig Mill.

Winter in the Woods

Dec 30, 2015

Neither rain nor snow nor winter's gloom keeps wildlife from moving in the Ozarks. Find out just a few ways to enjoy Missouri's wildlife despite winter's chill.

Coyote in Winter

Real Christmas Trees make Real Habitat

Dec 23, 2015

Find out the numerous ways your real Christmas tree can help Missouri wildlife once you're through with it.

Christmas Tree

First Frosts and Fall Hunts

Sep 10, 2015

The many hunting seasons of fall can make a hunter feel scattered in the best way.

A successful hunting trip

Keeping Missouri's Bears Wild

Jun 11, 2015

Bear sightings are becoming more and more common across the state. Find out how you can keep yourself, and the bears, safe from harm.

Memorial Day Fun in the Woods and Water

May 30, 2015

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of bass season in Ozark streams, and squirrel season statewide.

fishing for goggle-eye and smallmouth bass