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Camping and Hiking in Black Bear Country

Learn how to Be Bear Aware while camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing to stay safe, and to keep bears wild. Follow these tips to fully enjoy your outdoor experience in Missouri.

Don't Move Firewood

Many tree-killing pests travel in firewood. If you love Missouri’s forests, buy firewood where you camp, and burn it all before you leave.

Make Your Camp Firewise

Hunters and campers can follow a few easy precautions to protect lives, property and our precious forests.

Camping Events

Location: Ted Shanks Conservation Area
Date: Aug 06, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 07, 2016 01:00 pm

Join the Missouri Dept. of Conservation for an exciting catfishing experience on the Mississippi!
This event will begin at 1pm Saturday with catfish biology/regulations and fishing information. Participants will spend Saturday evening on the river setting lines and will check lines early Sunday morning. Camping and pole and line fishing will be available Saturday evening for those interested. This event is offered free of charge and is open to all ages. Participants 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
This is not a basic fishing course, and is designed to teach river setline fishing and navigation.
(660)785-2420 to sign up or email

Reserve by Jul 22, 2016
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Aug 13, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 08:30 am

Reservations Required. Families, ages 12 and above.
Join us as we go back in time to discover what plants and animals were used for food during by soldiers and citizens over 150 years ago. You will be amazed at the variety of foods that people relied on. In addition to an indoor portion, we will take a short hike to find some of these wild edible plants that are still food for humans today. Bring a bottle of water and hiking shoes.

Reserve by Aug 12, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016