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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 September 19

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join avid outdoorsman Don Brink for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program you’ll be ready to head out on your own. Ages 10-adult.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Welcome autumn as we hike the varied habitats at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. We’ll stop and take in the views and have lunch along the way. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Pack a lunch, water, and dress for the weather. The trail is rocky and appropriate footwear is a must.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get ready for your next camping adventure by learning how to set up a tent, safely build a fire, and other important camping skills. Ages 7-12.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately seven miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Harvesting from nature can be a delicious treat! Come explore the many benefits water provide for wildlife and people, such as endless opportunities for popular recreational activities. Continue, rekindle, or start a family tradition with hunting and fishing by being good stewards of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. See demonstrations, learn where to go, and taste samples from the field to the table. Copies of your favorite recipes will be available. Get your taste buds ready and come to Powder Valley for a culinary adventure you’ll never forget!

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Primitive Skills Day returns! See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork, and fire making from some of the Ozarks’ best primitive skills specialists. Try your hand at some of the age-old skills. Drop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike at Hulston Mill Historical Park in Dade County. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.