Public invited to connect with nature through primitive skills

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri’s outdoor resources provide recreational enjoyment and relaxing get-aways from daily routines. For the first humans that found homes in Missouri, getting outdoors was the daily routine and the purpose wasn’t entertainment. It was survival.

Learn how people connected with nature thousands of years ago on Oct. 2 at “Primitive Skills Day” at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center. At this free program, which is from 1-5 p.m., learn how Native Americans depended on the fish, wildlife and forest resources around them to provide their daily needs. People can also try their skills at making arrowheads (flint knapping), making rope from plant fibers and starting a fire using the friction created by a bow drill.

There is no registration required for this event, which is open to all ages. For more information, contact the Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 417-888-4237. The Nature Center is located at 4601 South Nature Center Way in Springfield.