We're two weeks away from the Missouri State Fair, and a little over a a month away from the first days of school for most kids in the area. Why not give the kiddos something to look forward to this year at the 2019 Missouri State Fair? This year they can discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

According to the MDC:

Visit MDC’s Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8-17 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to see live fish and other native animals such as snakes, turtles, and amphibians. Learn about and see displays of native plants that help butterflies and other important pollinators. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun.

Don’t miss MDC’s air-conditioned Kids’ Xplor Zone (formerly Discovery Room) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for hands-on fun discovering nature through crafts and other activities.

In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, MDC will be at the Smokey Bear tent near the grandstand Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with crafts, giveaways, and treats. Join MDC in its outdoor pavilion Aug. 14 for a Smokey Bear Dance Party at 1 p.m.