From the Missouri Department of Conservation
-- Young Missourians have until Dec. 15 to sign up for the first issue of Xplor, a multi-media mash-up billed by the Missouri Department of Conservation as nature-tainment.
The inaugural issue of Xplor will appear in February 2010. Recognizing that young people today get information in dramatically different ways than previous generations, the Conservation Department has devised a challenging, exciting experience that combines the traditional magazine format and online content.
Xplor targets readers 7 through 12 years old. Subscribers will be able to see how nature photographers capture their stunning images. 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 nature to life. The magazine will cover the full range of outdoor nature-related activities, from hunting and fishing to bird watching and hands-on conservation.
To receive the inaugural issue of Xplor, Missouri residents have to subscribe by Dec. 15. 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 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. Parental consent is required. --By Jim Low