Visit MDC’s Kids’ Xplor Zone during the Missouri State Fair for hands-on fun discovering nature through crafts and other activities, including seeing live native wildlife such as this speckled kingsnake. (MDC photo)

Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia August 8-18, 2019. Visit MDC’s Conservation Building from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. August 8-17 and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. August 18 to see live fish and other native animals such as snakes, turtles, and amphibians. Learn about and see displays of native plants that help butterflies and other important pollinators. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun.

Don’t miss MDC’s air-conditioned Kids’ Xplor Zone (formerly Discovery Room) between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for hands-on fun discovering nature through crafts and other activities.

In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, MDC will be at the Smokey Bear tent near the grandstand August 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with crafts, giveaways, and treats. Join MDC in its outdoor pavilion August 14 for a Smokey Bear Dance Party at 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy these free conservation-related programs at MDC’s outdoor pavilion:

• Live Raptors: See a live eagle and other birds of prey at the Raptors of Missouri presentation with Dickerson Park Zoo August 8 and August 17 at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

• Clean & Cook Fish: Learn to prepare a fresh catch at the fish cooking and cleaning demonstration August 9 and August 10 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• OGT Trailer: Visit MDC’s Operation Game Thief trailer all day August 11 and 12.

• Be Bear Aware: Learn about black bears in Missouri and how to Be Bear Aware August 13 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Wildlife Vet: Visit with MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell all day August 14.

• Get Moving With Smokey: Join MDC for a Smokey Bear Dance Party August 14 at 1:00 p.m.

• Mushroom ID: Learn about Missouri mushrooms August 15 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Historic Sawmill: See a working model sawmill August 16 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Dutch Oven Demo: Learn about Dutch oven cooking and watch a demonstration August 18 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Learn more about MDC programs, events, and other offerings at mdc.mo.gov.