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Discover Nature

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Wild animals don't make good pets, and it is illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit. If you encounter young wildlife, leave it where you find it.

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Search for conservation areas by location, activities, natural features and more.

Kids Watching Birds Through Binoculars

The field guide has been updated for easier searching and reading. 

Our conservation areas have miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Go to your favorite area and explore.

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Find Places to Go in MO

Search for conservation areas by location, activities, natural features and more.

Things to Do

Recreational activities you can do in Missouri's great outdoors.

Photos & Live Cams

Watch peregrine falcons, nature centers and more in real time.

Report Wildlife Sightings

Report sightings for black bears, feral hogs and mountain lions and learn their tracks and field signs.

Fall Colors

Follow weekly regional reports to find Missouri’s best fall colors — available September through early November.


Explore the different landscapes and ecosystems that make Missouri so unique.

Wildlife Restoration

Browse Missouri's wildlife restoration success stories, including the American burying beetle and hellbenders.

General Species Information

Learn about Missouri's common plants, animals, and mushrooms.

Teacher Portal

Find out more about our Discover Nature Schools curriculum guides, Missouri Archery in the Schools program, grant opportunities, teacher workshops, and other conservation-related classroom resources. Sign up and get access to curriculum guides and grants.