Rewards Reaped! by Jeff Cantrell

The first reward for us is an understanding.  The second reward for my naturalist friends and our community team is a festival atmosphere and we got it!  We would have been there in the bitter cold, but fortunately the day was spectacular. We would have been there if only a few people showed, but the public ushered in by the hundreds.

Posted on February 2, 2018 .

Mission Accomplished by Billie Mullins

In 2016, Missouri Parks issued a Missouri State Parks Centennial Passport book (similar to the National Park Passport book) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Missouri's state parks in 2017. I purchased a book in 2016 and began a 15 month quest to visit all the parks.

Posted on January 1, 2018 .

Wishing for a Christmas Snow and a Merry Look at Wildlife by Jeff Cantrell

I believe even the folks who don’t care for snow, find themselves three days before Christmas wishing for a few inches of fluffy white precipitation.  Perhaps there is Christmas Magic in those flurries mixed with twinkling lights and air full of holiday anticipation.  I don’t know all the particulars, but flurries certainly give the season an added festive feel.

Posted on December 5, 2017 .

November Brings Big Rewards in a Nutshell

I’m not a doctor, I have never played one on TV and I’m not an “indoor” guy so I don’t think I have a prospect working on hospital grounds. However, I casually find myself prescribing hikes, adventures and nature activities for people of all ages and abilities. 

Posted on November 8, 2017 .

A Little Chubby at the Creek by Kevin Mouser

Are you a fisherman or fisherwoman? Do you spend time down at the creek tossing stones or maybe watching your kids frolic in the cool water on these too hot days? Maybe you enjoy the “Lazy River” approach and load nine of your closest friends into a rubber raft along with coolers, speakers, and a big screen T.V. for a day long float.  Whichever way you enjoy the streams and rivers of Southwest Missouri, I am here to tell you that you might be missing out on something, and I need your help to keep it going.

Posted on July 24, 2017 .


t has been said that nature is comparable to the arts… to truly appreciate or ignite a continuing lifelong pursuit of understanding the arts, we must start with the pretty.  Perhaps to understand the process of the art’s inspiration or the intricate life assemblages in each ecosystem, they too have a common core by the need for study beyond the “pretty”.

Posted on June 6, 2017 .