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.

A naturalist helps a young archer line up her shot.

Shooting Towards Spring

Archery is sometimes thought of as a fall sport, in conjunction with archery season for deer, but recreational archery makes for a great activity to get you out of doors and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

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Steve and Paul patiently wait while fishing from the bank at the Twin Pines CEC.

Discover Nature Fishing at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center to hold Discover Nature Fishing Clinics

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Skyler Bockman posing with his 2014 spring turkey harvest

Late Season Hunt “Spurs” Conservation Thoughts

Spring brings new sights and experiences, especially for one naturalist’s early morning turkey hunt.

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Hunter Education

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

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!

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Night Hike

Nature’s Night Shift

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

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Black Bear at Birdfeeder

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

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.

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Volunteer Orientation Set at Twin Pines

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

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Program notices for Twin Pines are now as close as your cell phone

Coming to an Inbox Near You!

New e-mail notifications for Twin Pines Conservation Education Center programming can keep you in the know.

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Tori, McKenna and Margaret enjoy a fall day on the trails at Twin Pines CEC

Yes, There is Something to Do!

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….

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Wendy, Trish and Laura show the results of their successful night of gigging.

MDC Offers Gigging for Beginners Workshop

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.

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