Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Missouri is a paradise for hunters and anglers, and there's a long list of other fun things you can do outside, too. Use this section to get acquainted with everything from birding to woodworking for wildlife.

Sharpen your outdoor skills

Your nature activities can be safer and more satisfying if you increase your knowledge and hone your skills. At regional offices, shooting range and outdoor education centers, and other locations throughout the state, the Department offers outdoor skills classes, including hunting, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking and many others. For more information, contact your regional outdoor skills specialist.

Backyard Bird Feeding

Learn what seeds, feeders and landscaping choices will attract which birds to your Missouri backyard.

Birding

Browse tips and tools to get started identifying Missouri's birds around your home or out in the field.

Camping

Find places to camp at Missouri's conservation areas, and browse tips for safe, successful camping.

Caving

Find Missouri caves that are open to the public, as well as info on cave formation, cave-dependent wildlife, state cave regulations and caving groups.

Driving Tours

View Missouri's recently restored elk herd, fall color, spring flowering trees and an Ozark woodland from your car. Get tour routes, maps and info.

Floating

Floating Missouri's streams is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors. Find local stream outfitters and get free Stash Your Trash bags.

Maple Sugaring

Wake up and smell the pancakes! You can make maple syrup from trees in your own backyard. This page shows you how.

Missouri State Champion Trees

There is something about a big tree that commands interest, respect and a certain amount of awe. Trees are the largest and oldest living organisms. This page details the requirements for a Missouri State Champion Tree.

Mushrooming

Many Missouri mushrooms are edible, but proper identification is essential to avoid illness and even death. Get hunting, identification and cooking guidance here.

Trail Activities

Looking for a place to walk, hike, bike or ride your horse? Conservation area trails provide recreational and educational opportunities as well as access to your conservation lands.

Woodworking

Learn to build a variety of bat and bird houses and small wildlife traps.