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      Kids learning that exploring nature is fun

      The Missouri Department of Conservation Office held a big Conservation Celebration Saturday.

      A group of northeast Missouri children took a nature hike this weekend as the Missouri Department of Conservation Office in Kirksville held a big Conservation Celebration Saturday.

      Families participated in activities like bird watching and trail walking.

      Kids also got the opportunity to make their own crafts including tree branch necklaces and recyclable paper.

      Conservation officials say their plan was to show the kids that nature can be fun.

      "We just wanted to celebrate nature in general and celebrate conservation and focus on trees this time and and all the things trees do for us," said Conservation Celebration Event Coordinator Amanda Moore.

      Smokey The Bear also made an appearance at the event. He stressed the importance of preventing forest fires in the area. With arbor day and earth day both taking place in April, planners felt the event would be perfect for this month.

      Each child also got to take home a small tree to plant themselves.

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