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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 February 8

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy the crisp air as we hike two of the trails at Busiek State Forest. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is nearly 6 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Trek the trails of Little Sac Woods Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.