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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 October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Join us at the Education Pond to learn about Dutch Oven Cooking and more! We will give a short program on Dutch Oven basics and other outdoor cooking methods, then you will help prepare a delicious meal and dessert. Leave with a happy taste buds and recipes. This program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by October 28

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Do you have a family heirloom cast iron pan collecting dust in the corner? Well dust it off and learn how cast iron can improve your cooking skills. This program will focus on care and cleaning of cast iron cookware, including proper seasoning of the metal. We will also provide demonstration and a simple recipe for cast iron Dutch ovens. (ages 12+)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.