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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

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Camping is a great way to get away from it all and enjoy nature. Come and lean how to set up a tent, build a fire, make your campsite bear-proof and the concepts of "leave no trace." We'll also do some basic camp cooking including roasting marshmallows! When you're done with the program you are well on your way to going camping in the beautiful nature of Missouri.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camping can be fun for all ages! Join us at our indoor campsite to experience what it’s like to spend a night in the woods. You’ll sit in a tent, toast some pretend s’mores, and gather around the campfire for a story. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camping can be fun for all ages! Join us at our indoor campsite to experience what it’s like to spend a night in the woods. You’ll sit in a tent, toast some pretend s’mores, and gather around the campfire for a story. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camping can be fun for all ages! Join us at our indoor campsite to experience what it’s like to spend a night in the woods. You’ll sit in a tent, toast some pretend s’mores, and gather around the campfire for a story. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.