Discover nature with MDC outdoor preparedness classes

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to discover nature with a series of Outdoor Preparedness classes. There will be a classroom session 6 to 8 p.m. on April 11 at the MDC Central Regional Office in Columbia. Additional field dates will occur from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on May 1 and May 22. This program is open to families, and youth age 11 years and up with a parent or adult mentor.

The series of classes will cover basic outdoor skills such as how to build a campfire, finding wild edible foods in Missouri woods, how to purify water, how to build a shelter and much more. Whether a person wants to be more prepared when venturing outdoors on a nature hike, or to learn new skills to use on a hunting or camping trip, this series of classes will prepare you for your next outdoor adventure.

“Outdoor preparedness begins with the right mental attitude and then builds upon several key skills,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “With a backpack containing several key items, outdoor enthusiasts can feel better prepared to take on most outdoor emergency situations.”

To register, or for more information, contact Flowers at or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.

The E. Sydney Stephens Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center is conveniently located off of US Highway 63 just west of the Discovery Parkway exit on the south side of East Gans Road.

For more information about this and other Discover Nature programs, go online to