It should really be “Take a Child Outside Year” but a week is a good start. Ideally, children should be able to spend time outdoors in nature close to home and on their own. But as Richard Louv noted in his book “Last Child in the Woods,” that’s less and less likely to happen without some conscious effort.
The Conservation Department was created by a citizen-led effort to restore and conserve Missouri’s forests, fish and wildlife 75 years ago. This article, the last in a 12-part series celebrating the anniversary, focuses on the future of conservation.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature. Read more about our mission.