Children benefit physically, mentally, and even spiritually by reconnecting with nature; it helps them feel happier and healthier. Educating children about nature also helps foster a lifelong appreciation of the plants and animals that live around us, and can make children better future stewards of our precious natural resources.
Getting Outdoors and Into Nature
Discover Nature in Your Area
Find events, nature centers and conservation areas in your region.
- Nature and Interpretive Centers
- Learn to Fish
- Wonders of Wildlife – WOW
- Find a State Park
- Become a State Park or Historic Site Explorer
- State Park and Historic Site Events
- No MOreTrash
- Volunteer in Parks program
Children in Nature Challenge
The Children in Nature Challenge is a program to recognize communities and families who create opportunities for their children to get outside and discover nature firsthand. Find resources from Missouri state agencies that help communities and families get started. Take the Challenge!
Have Fun with Missouri’s Agriculture
Here are just a few of the great activities listed on AgriMissouri’s MoFun page that children and adults can both enjoy. Be sure to check the MoFun page for more great ideas to enjoy the bounty of Missouri’s harvests.
- Canoe & Float Trip
- Christmas Tree Farm
- Corn Maze
- Educational Classes & Workshops
- Pumpkin Patch
- U-Pick Farms
Athletics provide a great way to enjoy being outside. Getting connected to one of these organizations can lead to a healthier life and lasting friendships.