MDC now issuing 'citations' for responsible recreation

Kids can receive a coupon for a free Sonic Drive-In ice cream cone when caught being a responsible outdoor enthusiast.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with Sonic Drive-In to reward Missouri youth for good outdoor behavior. MDC conservation agents are now issuing ice cream “citations” for kids caught practicing responsible nature behavior, such as wearing their life jacket, fishing or hunting with their family, or for keeping nature clean. The citation can be turned in to any participating Sonic Drive-In to claim a free ice cream cone for the responsible outdoor enthusiast.

“Our agents are excited to start this partnership with Sonic and recognize kids who are enjoying Missouri’s outdoors responsibly,” said MDC Protection Deputy Chief Dean Harre. “It’s a great way to reward our young stewards of conservation and foster their love and appreciation for nature.”

MDC agents will have a booklet of citations and be on the lookout for young adventurers enjoying time in nature.

“This program not only encourages kids to be great nature role models, but also helps our agents connect with the community and build those lasting relationships,” Harre commented.

Harre said MDC agents began issuing the tickets July 1.

To find places to go in nature, visit mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places.

To find things to do in nature, visit mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/activities.