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      Learn how to make your trip outside safer

      The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding its Creature Feature program.

      It is summer time and kids love the outdoors, and the local Missouri Department of Conservation is trying to connect kids and nature.

      There's nothing better than a day spent exploring nature, but itchy bites, painful stings and poison ivy rashes can ruin the adventure so the Missouri Department of Conservation is holding its Creature Feature program.

      "Sometimes pests we have during the summer months," said education consultant Karen Armstrong. "Specifically poison ivy, mosquitoes or ticks, so they'll learn how to identify poison ivy as well as to deal with ticks."

      The program will also address how to avoid the natural pests when you recognize them.

      Kids ages 6-12 are welcome, and parents are encouraged to attend as well.

      The event is free. Conservation staffers just ask that you call in advance so they know you are planning to be there.

      If you would like to attend or learn more about the programs the Missouri Department of Conservation offers, CLICK HERE.