Despite the heavy rainfall, families got out Saturday for a close look at nature.
Wetlands was the topic of the Missouri Department of Conservation's monthly "Conservation Keepers" course.
Kids of all ages and parents learned all about water creatures. They learned that mussels, insects and snakes use water for their habitats.
The department hopes families understand the importance of water to nature.
"Well everything relies on water and aquatic habitats are kind of an indicator for the overall health of the environment," said Amanda Moore of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
As the rain started to lighten up, families went outside to explore the pond. They found various water animals using nets.
The next subject of Conservation Keepers will be lost birds. That course will take place in September.