From Xplor for Kids
February 2010 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Feb 01, 2010

Lightning split the sky. Thunder shook the car. “Dad,” Erica yelled over the pounding rain, “maybe we should turn back.” Her dad’s knuckles were white on the steering wheel. “Let’s keep going,” he said. “I bet this will blow over before we reach the campground.”

Erica pitched camp in a downpour. She and a few other volunteers hoped to build a section of the Ozark Trail. Would the weather cooperate?

It did. The next morning, Erica went to work in a gentle drizzle.

Rain kept things cool and mosquitoes away, but it made the trail slick. While hiking in, Erica slipped on a wet rock. Remembering her training, she tossed away her sharp tools, caught herself, and was able to return to building trail.

Erica and the other volunteers worked hard. When they started, the trail was just a line of orange flags. After three days of clearing brush and cutting path, Erica walked back to camp on a new trail.

That evening, Erica set a goal to be the youngest person to complete 25 trail-building events. She’s well on her way to accomplishing this feat.

For more on trails, visit or


Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Ice on Bison

A storm covered southwest Missouri in 10 inches of ice. “Perfect,” said Wildlife Photographer Nop Paothong.

You Discover

With winter almost gone and spring just around the corner, there’s plenty for you to discover outside in February and March. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Burn Boss Tom Jingst

Tom Jingst has one of the hottest jobs in the world. He’s a burn boss, the leader of a crew that starts and puts out fires.

Love is in the Air

Chocolates, flowers, mushy cards—people go to a lot of trouble to impress their Valentines. That’s nothing, though, compared with some of the weird, wacky—even romantic things wild animals do to attract a mate.

Nature Wakes Up

When ice melts from ponds and the wind blows warmer, you know that spring is coming.

Xplor More: Make a Bird Feeder

Help out some hungry birds. Build a pine cone bird feeder.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

Stay in Touch with MDC

Stay in Touch with MDC news, newsletters, events, and manage your subscription

Sign up