New Magazine Will Challenge Kids to Xplor the Outdoors

By Jim Low, Missouri Dept. of Conservation

First posted on 09-11-2009

A multi-media “nature-tainment” mash-up called Xplor is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s latest tool for reconnecting children with nature.

The magazine is designed to address child advocates’ concern over children’s growing alienation from nature. Author Richard Louv described the phenomenon as “nature deficit disorder” in Last Child in the Woods. The 2005 book distilled much of what was known about the phenomenon’s negative effects on children and society. It also spawned a national movement to connect kids to the outdoors, something the Conservation Department has been working at since the 1930s.

Recognizing that young people today get information in dramatically different ways than previous generations, the Conservation Department is devising a challenging, exciting tool that combines the visual, tactile appeal of a full-color magazine with the audio and video capabilities of the Internet.

“We want to create a place where kids can go to learn fascinating things about the outdoors that will encourage them to go out and explore the outdoors themselves,” said Conservation Department Art Director Cliff White.

He said youthful readers will be able to read about how nature artists and photographers capture their stunning images, and then go to Xplor online for video lessons on drawing, painting and photography from the master artists and photographers. Likewise, they will get to spend time with people with wild jobs and share other Missouri kids’ real-life adventures illustrated in graphic-novel style.

Other regular Xplor print features will include a “YUCK!” department about things slimy, gooey, stinky and just plain gross, plus audio and video clips that bring magazine articles to life. The magazine will cover the full range of outdoor nature-related activities, from hunting and fishing to birdwatching and hands-on conservation.

“We don’t want them to just read the magazine or hang out on the computer all day,” said Publications Coordinator Joan McKee. “We want Xplor to be the trigger that sends them running for the door so they can have their own adventures. The magazine will give them lots of ideas about things they can see and do outside. Then they can go to the Web site for more details about how to do them.”

The inaugural issue of Xplor will appear in February 2010. Subscriptions are free to Missouri residents. Nonresidents in the United States can subscribe for $5 a year. Those in other countries can buy one-year, six-issue subscriptions for $8. To sign up, visit http://www.xplormo.org, or call 573-522-4115, ext. 3856 or 3249, or write to Xplor, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.

Comments:

I love the Mo. conservation magazine and would like for my grandson to be able to enjoy the youth xplor. how do I sign him up?

By steve friede on July 08, 2011 – 11:53 am

Charles, Marsha: call the numbers in the final paragraph of the article, or write to the address provided, or follow the link to subscribe online. It’s a good magazine kids will enjoy.

By Robert J. Korpella on May 24, 2011 – 10:27 am

would like to sign my 14 year old son up for your youth magazine

By charles hineman on May 23, 2011 – 5:47 pm

would like to receive the kids magazine, thank you.  4577 green valley dr.  high ridge, mo. 63049

By marsha shanks on May 21, 2011 – 1:39 am

Love the educational Mags. for children, Thank you Mo Con. folks for thinking of the little folks that will be your allies of tomorrow in the constant fight to save and preserve what we have of America’s wonderful glories.

By Katherine Kresse on March 17, 2011 – 8:12 am

IVE ALWAYS WANTED TO SIGN UP FOR THE CONSERVATION MAGAZINE FOR GRANDKIDS BUT WAS TOLD THEY HAD TO BE 18 SO I THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA FOR THEM A MAGAZINE I READ MY CONSERVATION BOOK THEN GIVE IT TO MY GRANDKIDS TO READ SO GO XPLOR !!!

By BRENDA BEATY on February 01, 2011 – 10:43 am

Tried to subscribe for grandkids, wouldn’t let me change state or country to Missouri & United States

By Vicki Price on November 21, 2009 – 10:45 pm

I enjoy what enthusiasm i know this magazine will bring to my grandsons.

By susan viehland on November 04, 2009 – 8:28 pm

The next to the last line of the article has a link that takes you to the Xplor site where you can sign them up.

By Robert J. Korpella on October 02, 2009 – 6:43 am

so how do i sign my grandkids up?? no links to do so??

By cathy walker on October 01, 2009 – 9:00 pm