Tomorrow’s conservation starts today. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk to Missouri Department of Conservation Education Programs and Curriculum Supervisor Kevin Lohraff:

Kevin Lohraff

That’s the message being sent by the Missouri Department of Conservation to FFA chapters throughout the state. According to Lohraff, more education means better practices in the future. Lohraff says the MDC has a natural partnership with the FFA and the camp is just one example of their joint efforts. At FFA’s Leadership Camp, the Department of Conservation puts on several hands on clinics for students. The clinics present campers with scenarios they may face in their futures. This year’s curriculum for the camp included urban wildlife management and managed hunts, ethical decision making for conservation dilemmas, fishing basics and fish identification, management practices for healthy streams, tree identification, and safe and ethical decision making when hunting and fishing.

The camp isn’t the only way the MDC is reaching out to the community. Lohraff is excited about some ecology curriculum they have recently completed for teachers to use in their classrooms. For more information about that curriculum, or any of the Department of Conservation’s programs, visit their website, www.mdc.mo.gov