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Missouri Offers a Variety of Outdoor Activities for Staycations

The effects of the economic situation are still being felt in the United States, and that means more and more people are choosing to vacation closer to home. There's a couple of websites that allow Missourians to plan trips that don't require a lot of driving. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

If you’re looking for ideas for vacations that will allow you to get outdoors and stay close to home, look no further than your computer.Both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation have websites with information on a variety of outdoor activities on public lands in the state.The Conservation Department offers a conservation atlas full of information on public lands on its website…

"And that's simply missouriconservation.org and click under quick links under conservation areas and that can kind of walk you through whatever sort of outdoor staycation you might be interested in."

Joe Jerek is a spokesman for the MO Conservation Department. He says many people are thinking about foregoing vacations in favor of staycations—trips that keep you closer to home saving both time and money.The Conservation Department manages more than 900 conservation areas offering a variety of activities for vacations not too far from home…

"Whether you're a bird watcher, a geocacher, a hunter, an angler, looking to do some primitive camping, some canoeing, backpacking, horseback riding, nature photography, cycling, pretty much whatever your outdoor activity is, you can get in and play on our conservation atlas database and find out what we offer on the different areas either near you within your kind of geographic region or throughout the state."

You can do simple searches to look for conservation areas near you or you can do a more detailed search by type of activity of type of facilities such as nature centers or designated trails. You can even break your search down by types of natural features.Again, that website is http://www.missouriconservation.orgType in another website and get even more ideas for staycations this summer.If you go to http://www.dnr.mo.govand click on “state parks,” you can search by “activity” or click on “stay overnight” and learn about the various lodging facilities that are available at Missouri’s state parks.Or click on “one tank trips” to find DNR managed sites near you. There’s also a trail guide listing all the trails at state parks in Missouri.Find links to both the MO Conservation Department and the MO Department of Natural Resources websites at ksmu.org.For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.