Outdoors

Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continent Public Library present “Arts of the Capitol” virtual program Oct. 21

Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continent Public Library staff members invite the public to attend the “Arts of the Capitol” virtual program presented by art historian Dr. Sarah S. Jones at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

Missouri’s fall foliage color show begins soon

Missouri’s hills might not be alive with the sound of music, but they soon will transition into a kaleidoscope of color. The foliage of trees, shrubs and vines is about to burst into its full glory.

Earth Science Week is Oct. 10-16

Join the Department of Natural Resources in celebrating Earth Science Week to gain a better understanding and appreciation for earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

Meramec State Park hosts annual Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 15-16

Staff members at Meramec State Park invite the public to its annual Halloween event, Spooktacular, on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. Events will include an evening program presented by a park naturalist, an outdoor movie with free popcorn and hot chocolate, a bonfire, trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt, a coloring contest and a jack-o’-lantern contest.

Don’t miss out on a fall squirrel hunt

By Larry Dablemont
    I was walking along a wooded ridgetop one fall when I was a kid, when a young fox squirrel fell from a limb above me and landed with a thud not more than 10 feet from my shotgun barrel. He didn't waste any time leaving but he would have been a goner if I had wanted to pull the trigger.