Looking for gifts for your nature-loving friend, relative or
yourself? Publications on how to enjoy Missouri and Illinois nature
areas near St. Louis run from free to inexpensive.
What • It covers outdoor activities — hiking,
biking, hunting, fishing, trapping — from border to border and
includes articles about environmental issues, public and private
land management, history and conservation. Read this over the
course of a year and you’ll be an authority on Missouri
How much • Free, monthly issues.
Publisher • Missouri Department of
Subscribe • Visit mdc.mo.gov/conmag
What • This monthly magazine is aimed at the
outdoorsy individuals and families who are looking for fun. It
touts all levels of outdoor recreation, but it’s less hard core
than the MDC mag. Also, it’s interactive with photo contests,
public contributions, events and features such as campfire
How much • $15 a year; less if you subscribe
more years. Subscription includes a wall calendar. Also,
subscribers will receive regular emails from the publisher.
Subscribe • Visit dnr.state.il.us/oi/
Publisher • Illinois Department of Natural
What • Outdoors also means rock collecting,
exploring caves, archaeology, natural wonders, appreciating
sunshine, following the maintenance of land, air and water. This is
a high-quality slick-page magazine for people who want to know
about the preservation of the environment and history — all the way
back to the mastodons — with respect to the outdoors. One issue
addressed ozone, asbestos, idling cars and beautiful state
How much • Free, published three times a
Subscribe • Visit
Read online • Visit
dnr.mo.gov/magazine/index.html and includes back issues.
Publisher • Missouri Department of Natural
By Robert Rubright • “Walks and Rambles in and
Around St. Louis,” $20; and “Weekend Walks in St. Louis and
What • Both are still in print while Rubright
trods the television and talk show circuit around St. Louis.
Rubright is the investigative journalist of hikers. His books
present some obscure trails, and he creates routes in areas not
considered trails. His radius is 150 miles. He mixes urban hikes
with country hikes. His details are precise, and he has walked
every inch he writes about.
Where to buy • Online and bookstores.
Publisher • Backcountry publications.
What • The website has a set of about 30 books,
including “Conservation Trails,” $5; “Field Guide: Trees of
Missouri,” $7.50; “Missouri’s Wild Mushrooms,” $14; “Missouri
Wildflowers,” $14; “Tried True Missouri Native Plants,” $6.
Other books cover Missouri orchids, reptiles and amphibians, shrubs
and woody vines, butterflies and moths, fish, insects and water
How much • Books range from $5 to hardbacks for
Where to buy • Visit mdcnatureshop.com/. Many
of the books are available at Powder Valley Nature Center, Columbia
Bottom Visitor Center, Missouri Botanical Garden and
“60 Hikes in 60 Miles: St. Louis”
What • The title is self-explanatory. What’s
best is that author Steve Henry has updated it regularly since
1982. The book also includes directions, detailed descriptions, GPS
mapping and other helpers.
How much • $9 to $14 depending on where you
Where to buy • It’s widely available online and
Publisher • Menasha Ridge Press,
“Hiking Missouri” and “Hiking Illinois”
What • Both are from Human Kinetics of
Champaign, Ill. The Missouri book features 127 hikes; Illinois, 107
hikes. The descriptions by the authors — Kevin Lohraff for Missouri
and Susan Post for Illinois — include information about bicycling
and horseback riding as well as hiking. Each natural area has a
starred map on the page to show the location of the trail in the
state. The book is divided into regions. The segments for central
and southern regions in the Illinois book are enormous.
How much • $10 to $15, depending on where you
Where to buy • Available online and in
Publisher • Human Kinetics of Champaign,
“Walking St. Louis”
What • Judith Galas and Cindy West put together
a touristy book on hikes, in the city and suburbs. Many are walks
the authors mapped in St. Louis neighborhoods, historic cemeteries
and local parks — for example, routes in the St. Louis Zoo,
Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Charles Main Street. Appendices
include landmarks and boutique restaurants and diversions.
How much • $11.
Where to buy • Bookstores and online.
Publisher • Falcon Guide.