Loving the outdoors is a great start, but there is much more to becoming a conservation agent. Area youth and their parents try their hand with some tools, techniques and a little guidance from experienced MDC agents.
The lesson that stuck with me more than any other is this. Although we could take up to 20 suckers, we didn’t always need them. There was no need to take what we couldn’t use at the fish fry that evening.
Naturalist Reta Barkley leads a group of local kids on an outdoor adventure at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. Children and their parents are encouraged to spend time outside over the summer and discover nature.
Feral hogs were once common in the Ozarks and were a factor in the low deer and turkey populations in the 1930s. Lennis Broadfoot’s character study of a Ripley County hog caller brings home that feral hogs are still a problem in Missouri.
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.