Learn about nature at MDC escape room challenge Oct. 30 in Joplin

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JOPLIN, Mo. – If you enjoy the outdoors and are good at solving puzzles, staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center have a challenge for you.

People who want to pit their outdoor knowledge against the clock should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Conservation Families: Nature Escape Room.” This free program will be 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 30. It is based on the popular “escape room” activity in which a group assigned to a themed room must solve riddles, puzzles, and clues in order to find their way out of the room before time expires.

At the Oct. 30 program, groups will enter a room filled with puzzles and games. Each group will have 30 minutes to solve the puzzles and get clues about the unique characteristics of some of Missouri’s wildlife species. If the group beats the clock, they will receive prizes.

This program is recommended for families, teens, and adults. Registration is required with a valid e-mail address to receive time slot availability. All participants must register for the program separately. COVID-19 measures will be in place.

People can register for this program at


Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is located at 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin. People can find out more about this event and other upcoming programs at the Shoal Creek facility by calling 417-629-3434.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.