MDC's Burr Oak Woods to hold holiday nature film festival

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Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is offering a free film festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26. Films about conservation and nature will be shown throughout the day. The festival is a chance to combine indoor and outdoor fun to connect with nature in between holiday observances. The films are indoors, while the Nature Center has six hiking trails outdoors where visitors can connect with nature.

Film titles to be shown include: Spirit of Conservation; Back to the Wild; Fishing Missouri; Key to Duck Identification; Birding for Beginners, and Exploring Outdoor Missouri.

Missouri is a great place to fish, hunt, hike and watch wildlife. The film fest provides a colorful overview of nature close to home. MDC over the years has produced award-winning nature films and this festival showcases some of the best.

MDC also has a YouTube channel online with many enjoyable videos, including videos made in earlier decades that show Missourians' deep rooted interest in conservation and how far our state has progressed in managing natural resources. Visit

Visitors to the Nature Center will also find a large indoor aquarium with native fish, wildlife exhibits and a nature-themed children's play area. If cabin fever arrives during the holidays, connect with nature outdoors or indoors with MDC. For information on Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs, call 816-228-3766 or visit