Each year, the staff at the George O. White State Forest Nursery in Licking grow, store and ship millions of tree seedlings each year.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will let visitors get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the facility during an open house April 6.
Tours will be conducted by appointment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a tour time, call the nursery at 573.674.3229.
The tours will take guests through the seedling beds, sorting room, cold storage room and more. Visitors can also learn about Missouri’s native trees and plants, enjoy fishing demonstrations at the nursery’s 3-acre lake, meet Smokey Bear, watch a full-scale sawmill demonstration and chat with Missouri’s conservation experts.
Free hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served throughout the event.
The MDC State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes. The nursery provides mainly 1-year-old bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species.
The nursery is located at 14027 Shafer Road, just north of Licking. More information is available online at mdc.mo.gov/seedlings.