From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
July 2009 Issue

Conservation Education

Nature Activity Discover Nature—Families

  • Where: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona
  • When: July 30–31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each dayDN Familes Twn Pines
  • Who should come: Kids accompanied by their favorite adult(s)
  • Reservations are required: Call  (573) 325-1381

Remember when you were a kid, how the outdoors seemed mysterious, even a little scary? Maybe your mom, dad or special adult helped you explore nature, learn the names of plants and animals, bait a hook or handle a gun safely. If you’d like to be that kind of mentor to the kids in your life, “Camp Nature” at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center is for you. As an MDC Discover Nature—Families program, “Camp Nature” is designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together. The two-day program features outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, air-rifle shooting, outdoor photography, wild edibles, survival skills and basic wilderness first aid. The program is free, and you don’t need to bring food or gear, but reservations are required (see phone number above).

“Survivorman-Style” Camp

Hone your wilderness skills at this Ozark weekend program.

No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools. Can you survive in the Ozark wilderness for one weekend? Find out at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center’s “Ozark Survivorman” weekend camp July 24–26. Open to the first 15 registrants age 13 and older, the program will start with classroom orientation Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Classroom sessions will cover survival techniques such as finding food and water, building shelter, coping with animal and health dangers, using map and compass, etc. After Saturday’s noon lunch break, participants will pack up their gear and get “lost” in the Ozarks wilderness to practice their newly acquired skills overnight. If you don’t feel comfortable relying only on your new survival skills, you can resort to supplies provided. The program is free, and includes all gear, food and water. To register, please call (573) 325-1381.

Teacher Workshops

Provide enrichment with a conservation focus

Enrich your teaching and earn professional development contact hours at our “Back to School Bash.” Educator workshops in three beautiful locations will show you how to match conservation activities with any grade-level expectation. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Shannon County holds its Bash July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (573) 325-1381 by July 25 to register. Bray Conservation Area in Phelps County has its Bash July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (573) 368-2590, ext. 29. The Ozark Regional Office Bash is July 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (417) 256-7161, ext. 303, to register.

Also in this issue

Photo of students at national archery in the schools tournament.

Finding Aim

National Archery in the Schools Program teaches students how to shoot for success.

Child in woods aiming digital camera

Backyard Wildlife

Discover the possibilities for nature photography in your own backyard.

Nontoxic Shot Secrets

Conservation Department experts teach you how to make every shot count.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler