Outdoor Adventure

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Discover Nature in Your Area

Find events, nature centers and conservation areas in your region.

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Field Guide

Was it a bird or butterfly?

Not sure what you just saw? Use our online field guide’s advanced search to identify Missouri’s plants, animals and mushrooms in your area.

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Get to know Missouri’s wildlife

Missouri’s first online field guide helps you identify and understand the plants, animals and mushrooms that make their home in the Show-Me state.

Trees Work

How Trees And Forests Benefit You

Find out all the awesome benefits of trees.

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Tree And Forest Resources For You

Check out the list of resources for all of your tree questions.

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Hot Topics

  • Common Plants and Animals Learn about Missouri's common plants, animals, and mushrooms, and get tips on how to avoid outdoor pests, such as chiggers, ticks and poison ivy. More
  • Cooking You had fun hunting, catching or gathering your quarry—now have more fun cooking and eating it. Browse recipes for Missouri's wild game and edibles. More
  • Discover Nature Programs Deepen your connections with nature and your family and friends. Offered through many MDC facilities and conservation areas, there's a Discover Nature program near you! More
  • Outdoor Recreation Enjoy outdoor Missouri? Use this section to get learn more about everything from birding to woodworking for wildlife. More
  • Outdoor Regulations Enjoy exploring nature on Missouri's conservation areas, but be sure to know the regulations. Even seemingly "low impact" activities can leaving a lasting impression on sensitive wildlife. More
  • Places to Go Find Missouri conservation areas, nature centers, fish hatcheries, natural areas, and shooting ranges where you can pursue your favorite outdoor activity close to home or around the state. More
  • Trees Work Did you know that being around trees lowers your blood pressure? Find out about trees' often surprising benefits, and learn what you can do to care for Missouri's trees and forests. After all, trees work! More
  • Wildlife Cameras Can't get outside? Watch Missouri wildlife from web cameras stationed around the state. More
  • Wildlife Restoration Browse Missouri's wildlife restoration success stories. More
  • Wildlife Reporting Among the large animals you might see in Missouri are black bears, coyotes, feral hogs and mountain lions. Use this section to learn more about them, their tracks and field signs, and to report sightings. More
  • What’s This Thing in My Yard?Every spring I get a few contacts about a strange object in someone’s yard. More
  • Attracting Bright Orange Birds to Your FeederFor eye-popping color, it’s hard to beat Baltimore orioles (called northern orioles for a while, then back to the earlier name). More
  • Help Toddlers Discover NatureAnyone who wants to have an impact on keeping a healthy natural world can begin at home by introducing young children or grandchildren to the outdoors. More
  • Drought and Deer DiseaseThe coincidence of this blog and what I found on a walk along a creek where we live is quite bizarre. More
  • Southeast MO Youth Conservation CorpsI asked Phil Helfrich, community outreach specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, what’s happening with the Youth Conservation Corps that he’s been working on with such dedication for the past few years with Fisheries Biologist Chris Kennedy in Southeast Missouri. More
  • Cicadas and Their KillersThe middle of July through August is the time that we should be hearing annual, or dog-day, cicadas whining in the treetops around sunset. More
  • Unusual Summer InsectsUnusual summer insects that you may be seeing around your yard or property. More
  • Abundant DragonfliesDragonflies have been massing in recent weeks, some for long-distance migration. More
  • The Spice of LifeFrequently Missourians send me photos of various caterpillars, and they usually ask me to identify them. One of the more interesting ones is the caterpillar of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus). It is a common species in the Ozarks but less so in other Missouri regions. More
  • They're As Big As Soccer Balls!Giant puffball fungi are prevalent this fall. More
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