At Xplor, we never miss a birthday. We like the pointy hats, the games and the cake—especially the cake. So when we found out the Missouri Conservation Department was turning 75, we decided to throw a party. Conservation is a big word for a simple idea. It means taking care of nature so kids like you—and your kids and their kids and all who come after—can explore a forest, fish for smallmouth bass in a clear Ozark stream or watch an eagle soar above a foggy marsh. It means leaving nature better off than when you found it. This special issue of Xplor is your invitation to join our conservation celebration. (Don’t worry, the next Xplor will look like what you’ve come to expect—with a few fantastic surprises.) And, though we’re the ones having a birthday, you’re the one who gets the goodies. So blow out the candles, cut the cake and flip through these pages for 75 things you can do, see, hear, smell and taste because of conservation. Happy birthday to us—and to you!
Nichole LeClair Terrill