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

MDC Discover Nature

Discover Nature in Your Area

Find events, nature centers and conservation areas in your region.

Children in Nature Challenge

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

AgriMissouri

AgriMissouri

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.

Athletics

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.