JUNE 21, 2019

Missouri Workshops on Black Bears, Canoeing in July

Upcoming events feature July 9 open house on how black bears are faring in the state.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Learning about Missouri’s black bear population and getting tips for your next canoe trip are among the topics people can learn about in July at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Some nature center programs require registration in advance so it’s important for nature center guests to familiarize themselves with MDC’s event website at www.mdc.mo.gov/southwestevents or call 417-888-4237.

On July 9, learn more about black bears in Missouri at a Black Bear Open House. No registration is required for this event, which is from 6-8 p.m. MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee will provide an update on bears in Missouri and the public will also have an opportunity to provide feedback. This event is for ages 10-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for details.

On July 20, people can get paddling tips at Canoeing: An Introduction for Adults. This program will be 8:30-11 a.m. and is for ages 18-adult. Participants will meet at Lake Springfield’s Southwood Access. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. People can register for this program at: