From Xplor for Kids
April 2011 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Apr 01, 2011

On a muggy May evening, Rachel tied a pink plastic frog to her fishing line. The moment the lure hit water, a huge bass lunged for it. Rachel was so excited, she jerked the frog away before the fish could snatch it. Although she tried until sundown, she couldn’t get the big bass to strike again.

The next morning, Rachel was up with the sun. In no time, she hooked the big bass. It weighed so much, she couldn’t lift it out of the water. She yelled for her dad who waded out to unhook the lunker. “We can eat him, put him on the cabin wall, or turn him loose,” her dad said. “You caught him, Rachel. You decide.” Rachel didn’t need to think long. “Turn him loose,” she said. “Maybe we’ll catch him again.”

Like she did with the bass, Rachel always thinks of the future. She’s helped protect endangered amphibians and started a Stream Team to clean up creeks. For her birthday, Rachel asked friends to donate money to the Conservation Heritage Foundation instead of giving presents. She mailed the foundation a check for $100.

Rachel loves to tag along with her sister Lauren when their dad hunts for deer. She wants to be a herpetologist when she grows up and practices catching frogs, snakes and turtles.

To learn about the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, visit by Rachel Schumacher, 11

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Reeling in a Rainbow

Last fall, Dave was photographing fly fishermen on the North Fork of the White River. The rainbow trout were putting up a fight.

You Discover

Nature wakes up in April and May. Birds sing, mushrooms pop from the ground, and fish get hungry enough to take your bait. With so much going on, sometimes it’s hard to decide what's for you to discover.

Wild Jobs: Alligator Gar Wrangler Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is part fisherman, part explorer and part dinosaur hunter. lately he’s been on the lookout for a living legend — alligator gar.

Nature's Recyclers

In an Ozark forest, a pile of dead leaves no bigger than this magazine is home to nearly 6,000 tiny creatures.

Turkey Hunting School

Donʼt worry kids. This school is COOL!

Xplor More: Make Hummingbird Nectar

When it comes to food, hummingbirds definitely have a sweet beak.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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