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.

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

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

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Caving can be a great way to explore Missouri’s underground habitats and wildlife. Unfortunately, white-nose syndrome, a cave-bat-killing disease, has appeared in our state, requiring the closure of caves on conservation lands. Use this section to learn more about cave ecosystems, cave-dependent wildlife, and Missouri cave regulations.

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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.

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Discover Nature canoeing at James A. Reed


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

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Tapping supplies for maple sugaring: drill, hammer, tap and container

Maple Sugaring

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

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Champion Bur Oak Tree near McBaine, Mo.

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.

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

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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.

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

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