Paint a bullfrog at MDC virtual program on May 20

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BRANSON, Mo. – It’s easy to understand why the bullfrog is Missouri’s state amphibian. The loud croaks of these frogs are one of the sounds associated with a Missouri summer. For those who take part in Missouri’s frog season, the meaty legs of this amphibian also provides tasty table fare.

People can paint this well-known frog at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Nature Art: Missouri State Symbols Painting Series.” This online program, which will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on May 20, is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson. This program is suggested for ages six and up. It is the third in a series of three programs put on by the Shepherd of the Hills staff that give people a chance to paint and learn about Missouri’s state symbols. People can register for this program at:

At this program, MDC volunteer Gala Keller will provide step-by-step painting instructions on how to paint a bullfrog. Interesting facts about bullfrogs will also be provided throughout the program. Participants will need to furnish their own painting supplies. Small canvases and simple techniques will be used; no painting experience is necessary.

Though this 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. For this program, only one registration will be needed per screen for multiple participants at the same location.

People can stay informed about upcoming programs at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center and other nearby MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shepherd of the Hills or who want information about upcoming events can call 417-334-4865, ext. 0.

The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at