June events at Twin Pines focus on harvesting natural skills

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WINONA, Mo. -- School will soon dismiss for summer and the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) has scheduled events to help children and adults discover nature. Melanie Carden-Jessen, the manager of Twin Pines CEC, said these programs are examples of how conservation improves Missourians’ quality of life.

“Discovering nature means enjoying the natural world and it includes the process of learning how to prosper from nature,” Carden-Jessen said. “When we learn how to catch a fish, preserve our food for the long term, or ensure our drinking water is clean and fresh, we also gain a sense of self confidence that only comes with a personal knowledge of nature.”

The activities mentioned by Carden-Jessen are all represented in the June activity calendar at Twin Pines.

Families are invited to discover nature at Twin Pines’ Family Fishing Day, Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will "catch and release" fish at the pond and take part in other activities such as printing fish t-shirts, creative hats, contests, and aquatic critter studies. Hot dogs and lemonade will be served for lunch. For this event only, no Missouri fishing license is required. Reservations are also not needed for this event.

The Outdoor Adventure Club will meet at Twin Pines’ Mule Camp Pond for an aquatic study on Saturday, June 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Guests will use a microscope to investigate what’s “hidden” in a water sample and they’ll learn how to test water. All ages are welcome and reservations are suggested by June 11.

Guests ages 16 and older are invited to learn how to preserve seasonal harvests. “You certainly can can!” is the name of this fun educational event. Twin Pines CEC naturalists will teach the basics of canning so that a harvest can be enjoyed throughout the year. Registration for this event is required and begins May 31.

To register for these events, call (573) 325-1381. More information on these and other Missouri Department of Conservation programs may be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.