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Workshop About The Ozark Trail At The Nature Center

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Hikers along the Ozark Trail, a 360-mile route through some of the most rugged lands in the Ozarks.

Hikers along the Ozark Trail, a 360-mile route through some of the most rugged lands in the Ozarks.

The Ozark Trail Association (OTA) is sponsoring a Trail Adventure Day at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Recognized as a National Recreational Trail, the Ozark Trail meanders 360 miles through some of the most scenic areas of the Missouri Ozarks. Learn about the trail, its history, how to use it, and opportunities to contribute through volunteering by attending this day-long workshop.

After an introductory program, breakout sessions will be offered on a variety of different topics including backpacking, geocaching, nature journaling, map reading, hiking with children, horseback riding, and more.

Because only a half hour is allotted in the schedule for a lunch break, please bring a sack lunch and drink.

There is no fee for this event, but registration is required. To register, visit the Ozark Trail Association’s website at OzarkTrail.com/events.php, or call the nature center at 417-888-4237. For a complete list of presentations and speakers, visit the OTA website or call the nature center and request a flier of the day’s event.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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