Learn how to avoid outdoor hazards at MDC virtual program on May 20

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Don’t let a fear of poison ivy, venomous snakes, and other outdoor hazards keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Being able to identify the plants and animals that are the source of these worries is a great way to avoid those troubles.

People can learn how to identify and steer clear of problem plants and animals at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Outdoor Survival: An Ounce of Prevention.” This free online program will be May 20 from 6-7 p.m. and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation in Joplin. This program is open to all ages. People can register at:


At this program, MDC Naturalist Kensi Tillman will explain how to identify poison ivy and venomous snakes and the best ways to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and other creatures that can add annoyance to an outdoors outing. She’ll explain how the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to these outdoor hazards – knowing what to look for and what actions to take can often prevent problems from happening.

Though the May 20 program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

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