From Xplor for Kids
July 2015 Issue

Get Out

Publish Date

Jul 01, 2015
  1. Learn firearm safety at Youth Shooting Sports Camp. Jay Henges Shooting Range in High Ridge. July 20–22, 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 11–16. Register at 636-938-9548.
  2. Hook a trout at Kids Fishing Day. Roaring River State Park near Cassville. August 15, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
  3. Learn how to talk like a duck at Intro to Duck Calling. August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in St. Charles. August 27, 6–8 p.m. Ages 11 and older. Register at 636-441-4554.
  4. Learn effective wingshooting at the Dove Hunting Clinic. Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Springfield. August 29, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Register at 417-742-4361.
  5. See live snakes, spiders, and fish at Conservation Hall at the Missouri State Fair. August 13–23 in Sedalia.

The best way to beat summer boredom is to head outdoors. Watch for these natural events around these dates.

  • JULY 3 - Watch out for spiders building webs between trees at eye level. Carry a stick on your next hike.
  • JULY 21 - Katydids sing loud and proud.
  • AUGUST 1 - Watch for flocks of purple martins gathering for migration.
  • AUGUST 12 - Perseid meteor shower peaks.
  • AUGUST 13 - Hummingbirds begin migrating. More hummers stop to fuel up at feeders.
  • AUGUST 17 - Snapping turtle eggs begin hatching.
  • AUGUST 29 - Male white-tailed deer rub velvet off antlers. Watch for “rubs” on small trees.

Also in this issue

Into The Wild: Your Backyard

You can find wild things everywhere — even in your own backyard. So lace up your boots, shoulder your pack, and head into the wild.

Pond Marvels

Slip on your rubber boots and get close to the ground — pond marvels abound. Get down near the muck, where you’re eye to eye with a duck. At the water’s edge, soon you’ll see some of Missouri’s most interesting creatures performing amazing feats.


Whether they’re covered with skin, scales, feathers, or fur, tails are tailormade for accomplishing some to-tail-ly amazing things.

Strange But True!

Your guide to all unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

How To: Make Jug Lines For Catfish

There are many ways to catch the fish affectionately known as “Mr. Whiskers.” Jug lines are fun, easy, and effective.

This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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