From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
May 1996 Issue

Spring Fling on Conservation lands

Publish Date

May 02, 1996

Revised Date

Oct 21, 2010


A list of spring events on conservation lands.

The Conservation Department invites you to enjoy these special events on your conservation lands.

Adair County

  • May 25, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Kirksville Wal-Mart - Booths will be set up to highlight recreation opportunities on nearby conservation areas.
  • May 25, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Big Creek Conservation Area - Hike across a north Missouri hill and learn more about forest and prairie restoration.

Boone County

  • May 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Three Creeks Conservation Area - Visitors can participate in scavenger hunts and guided hikes that leave the parking lot at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • May 18, 9 - 12 a.m., Three Creeks Conservation Area - Meet at Three Creeks CA parking lot off of Deer Park Road. Have a fun-filled morning in the creek. Programs are at 9 and 11. Bring an aquatic net if you have one and some wading shoes. Reservations required. Contact Michele Baumer, (573) 526-5544.
  • May 19, 1 p.m. - dark, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area - See migrating shorebirds and a 3,000 gallon aquarium with Missouri River fish!

Camden County

  • May 18, 1 - 4 p.m., Fiery Fork Conservation Area - Visitors will meet at Toby Hollow Camp to learn about this area's unique wildlife inhabitants, like bats and herons. Hikers can try out the River Glade Trail.

Cape Girardeau County

  • May 6 - 31, Cape Girardeau Reg. Office - The Conservation Department Regional Office will host a variety of events throughout the month. Hand-outs, prizes, movies, demonstrations, guided hikes, scavenger hunts and special appearances by Smokey Bear will highlight the month. Groups who want a special program are urged to make reservations two weeks in advance. Contact Gaye Puchbauer at the Regional Office, (573) 290-5730, for detailed information.

Cole County

  • May 4, 10:30 a.m., Runge Conservation Nature Center - "Tick Talk" - Straight talk about ticks from a noted expert, Dr. Thomas Satalowich. Reservations required. Call the Nature Center office at (573) 526-5544.
  • May 11, noon - 5 p.m., Runge CNC - The Show-Me Iris Society annual show.

Dallas County

  • May 18, Lead Mine Conservation Area - Meet at a parking area to learn about area management of Lead Mine CA.

Franklin County

  • May 11, Meramec Conservation Area - Area staffers will provide informational talks and guided walks on Meramec's new disabled-user trail. Participation by users of wheelchairs and walkers is encouraged. Reservations required, since parking is limited. Call (573) 468-4157.

Howell County

  • May 7, 11:30 a.m., Vanderhoef State Forest - Hike and learn about this beautiful and unique area in southern Missouri.
  • May 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Sims Valley Community Lake, halfway between Mt. View and Willow Spring- fishing clinic.

Miller County

  • May 18, 1 - 4 p.m., Saline Valley Conservation Area - Visit this area to learn about managing lands for conservation and public use. Volunteers can build a brush pile for wildlife!

Osage County

  • May 5, 1 - 3 p.m., Painted Rock Conservation Area - See exhibits and breathtaking scenery through a spotting scope, and learn about the new "Nature Scramble" program.
  • May 25, 9 - 11 a.m., Painted Rock CA - Learn about the new "Nature Scramble" program and enjoy a hike and scenery.

Ozark County

  • May 4, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., Caney Mountain Conservation Area - The 2 p.m. guided walk on Long Bald Trail will focus on glade ecology and opportunities for photographing showy wildflowers.
  • May 5, 3 - 5 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive walk on Spout Spring Trail will emphasize the importance of Caney Creek headwaters, with opportunities to photograph wildflowers.
  • May 11, 2 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive hike to High Rock to learn about geological features on Caney Mountain and photographing forest scenery.
  • May 12, 3 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive talk at the Preston Flat overlook, with an emphasis on the Gainesville Monadnocks (geological formation) and photographing Ozark vistas.
  • May 18, 2 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive nature hike to Morrison Knobs to see examples of glade and savanna management, plus photographing spring flowers and scenery.
  • May 19, 3 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive talk at the west-facing vista of Preston Flat to see the unique view of the conservation area from that point.
  • May 25, 2 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - An interpretive walk along the Preston Flat outcrops.
  • May 26, 3 - 4 p.m., Caney Mountain CA - A historical talk on the early days of Caney Mountain Refuge by guest speaker A.B. Morrison.

St. Louis County

  • April 22, 6 - 9 p.m., Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center - Learn about "Nature Scramble" and wildlife viewing opportunities during "Discovery Night."
  • May 1, 8 - 11 a.m. and May 5, 1 - 4 p.m., Forest 44 - Powder Valley volunteers Dick and Neva Wasson will lead a nature hike.
  • May 9, 7 - 7:45 p.m., Powder Valley CNC - Greg Gremaud will present a program on MDC's urban wild acres.
  • May 11, Rockwoods Reservation - Migratory Bird Day - Wildlife viewing opportunities, with information on other nearby MDC areas and Nature Scramble program.
  • May 11, Busch CA - Kids' Fishing Day, a family event with emphasis on kids learning to fish.
  • May 29, 7 - 8 p.m., Powder Valley CNC - Cathy deJong will present a program on the "History of Rockwoods Reservation."

For directions to these areas, consult your Conservation Atlas or call the Conservation Department office nearest you.

Also in this issue

The Future of Public Lands

Public access to outdoor recreation areas continues to be important to the Conservation Department.

Readers Choice

We asked Missouri Conservationist readers to tell us about their favorite conservation lands. Here are eight of their picks, places you may want to visit.

Fishing on a Different Path

Anglers can find good fishing in small streams that are off the beaten path.

Nature Viewing Guide

Conservation areas are good places to see a variety of wildlife.

Cabin Fever Cure

Shake off winter blahs by exploring some of Missouri's 900 conservation areas.

Hiking Into Spring

Hikers on Missouri conservation areas won't be disappointed.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Kathy Love
Assistant Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Director - Dickson Stauffer
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Composition - Kevin Binkley
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Paul Childress
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Staff Writer - Charlotte Overby
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer