MDC: Twin Pines Education Center seeks volunteers

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WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Twin Pines Education Center (EC) in Winona is looking for volunteers to lead naturalist programs, teach hunter education and fishing and deliver conservation programs. Manager Skyler Bockman said volunteers can take part in activities that match their interests, skills and schedule.

"We have a small staff here at the center and we're rooted in the community," Bockman said. "We're looking for others in our community that are knowledgeable about nature and love to share that knowledge with others."

Bockman said applicants should possess good communication and time-management skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, a willingness to learn new skills, be capable of working without constant supervision, and have the ability to take direction from staff and other volunteers.

Twin Pines EC has a visitor center, hiking trails, archery range, outside exhibits including a cabin, 1900s school house, antique forestry equipment, as well as forest management demonstration areas. The site serves school groups, youth organizations and the general public by highlighting the unique natural features of the Ozarks. Twin Pines EC takes the Ozarks logging history and importance of forests and puts it center stage to impress the link between people and forests of the past, present and future.

More information about Twin Pines can be found at To learn more about volunteering at the center, call (573)325-1381.