Conservation Exploration teaches hundreds of kids about nature

The Missouri Department of Conservation in Kirksville held Conservation Exploration Saturday afternoon.

Heartland kids learned about nature all while having fun.

The Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville held a big Conservation Exploration event Saturday afternoon.

Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Groups participated in activities with snakes, turtles, water, and they made their own compasses to help them receive their badges. The kids learned how conservation enriches both humans and wildlife.

"All the activities we have set up was a lot of fun and exciting. It's wonderful. We have beautiful weather and lots of people and everything came together beautifully," said Amanda Moore of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The children even got to participate in some hands-on activities outside with bird watching and casting fishing poles.

About 100-200 kids came out to the event.