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Learn about nature at Missouri State Fair

Get a close-up view of raptors, tips on bear sightings and a cooking wild game demonstration at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) exhibit at the Missouri State Fair.

The MDC Conservation building will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 20 in Sedalia, MO.

Exhibits will include live fish, native animals such as snakes, turtles and amphibians and native plants that support butterflies and other pollinators. The Conservation Kids’ Discovery Room will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for hands-on nature crafts and other activities.

The outdoor pavilion schedule includes:

  • Watch Raptors: See a live eagle and other birds of prey up close at the Raptors of Missouri presentation August 10 and August 19 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Earn to Clean and Cook Fish: Learn how to prepare a fresh catch at the Fish Cooking and Cleaning demonstration August 11 and August 12 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Be Bear Aware: Learn about black bears in Missouri and how to Be Bear Aware on August 13 and August 20 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Operation Game Thief: Visit with conservation agents and see the MDC Operation Game Thief travelling display trailer all day August 14, 15 and 16.
  • Field to Fork: Learn how to clean and cook harvested game at the Field to Fork demonstration August 17 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Historic Sawmill: See a working model sawmill in operation at Forest Products: The Circular Sawmill August 18 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Alien Invaders: At the Missouri Department of Transportation gardens, see displays and activities on invasive plants and animals, how they harm native species and habitats, and what people can do to help eliminate them. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 11.

Learn more about MDC programs, events, and other offerings at Missouri Department of Conservation.

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