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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 November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.

Register by December 7

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Christmas offers so many wonderful opportunities to create memories! We will make a few while we enjoy the winter weather around a warm campfire. We will prepare some Christmas treats using a variety of campfire techniques. Come enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and learn how to cook a meal your family will remember. Program is free.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Register by January 5

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Catfish are fun to catch on the pole and mighty fine to cook over a fire. This afternoon we will test out several different ways to cook and enjoy catfish at the campsite after a day of fishing. Program is free. FISH