Conservation Connection: Kids In Nature Photo Contest

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(KPLR) - The future of conservation will be in the hands of the children of today.  So the Conservation Department is making it a top priority to encourage kids to get out and enjoy nature.  Dan Zarlenga talked with John Fuller about a couple of ways the Department is doing that.

Q.  You mentioned a “Kids in Nature Photo Contest”.  What is that?

  • Contest going on through November 15
  • MDC is inviting people to send in pictures of kids and families outdoors
  • Each month staff from MDC will select and a winning photo, which will be displayed on the MDC website
  • All monthly winners for 2013 will be printed in the January 2014 Missouri Conservationist Magazine

Q. So what are the specifics about entering the contest?

  • Person entering must be 18 or older
  • Free to enter
  • Photos may be taken by children but the person entering must be 18 or older
  • Photos must be taken in Missouri
  • Photos must shot kids or families enjoying activities in nature
  • Enter up to 10 photos per month
  • Enter photos using Flickr photo sharing website
  • Include photo captions with:
    • Subject/description of the photo
    • Location of the photo
    • Anything else you’d like to highlight

Q. Can viewers see some of the entries?

  • Yes, log onto and search keywords “kids photos”
  • Each month’s winning entries will be displayed there
  • There’s also a link to the submission site on Flickr, which includes other entries and full contest details

Q.  You have another tool to help kids discover nature.

  • Yes, Xplor! Magazine is produced bimonthly, 6 times per year
  • Free to Missouri households
  • Features articles and stories to teach kids about nature
  • Includes activities to get them outside
  • Lots of beautiful color pictures

Q.  How can people subscribe?

  • Visit and scroll down to the Xplor! link at the bottom of the page