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Runge Conservation Nature Center encourages hometown discovery with Passport Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From now until Sept. 5, the Runge Conservation Nature Center will offer a new program, Passport Jefferson City. The free program is designed to encourage people to explore their hometown, including discovering new places around Jefferson City and the city’s rich history.

Participants complete tasks at participating local locations, earn small prizes and have their passport sheets stamped. Tasks consist of a tour, scavenger hunt or small activity. All activities are free and open to the public.

MDC offers Native Warm-Season Grass Workshop in Linn

LINN, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri stockmen to attend a native warm-season grass workshop in Linn. The workshop will take place 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., July 9, at the Osage County USDA Office in Linn.  Space is limited for this free workshop, and participants must preregister by July 7.  

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Conservation Nature Center June 23

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There are different paths to discovering nature, and music and photography are two of the most popular.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a live performance at its Runge Conservation Nature Center Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the general public.  Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Ore. He is one of the largest-selling musical artists in the Northwestern U.S. 

MDC seeks public input on Danville and Mansfield conservation areas

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. Draft plans for the Danville and Mansfield conservation areas are available for public review through June 30. To preview the draft management plan and to share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans

DRAFT Mansfield Conservation Area Management Plan

Alice Ahart Mansfield Conservation Area is 80 acres of forest in Camden County. Management activities are focused on wildlife, forest and woodland resources with an emphasis on healthy forests and compatible recreational opportunities. This area offers one parking lot and one 0.75 mile hiking trail for public use.

DRAFT Danville Conservation Area Management Plan

Danville Conservation Area is 3,136 acres of woodland, upland forest, glade, grassland, bottomland forest, old field, cropland, and ephemeral wetlands in Montgomery County. Management is focused on providing quality natural communities that support diverse wildlife populations and provide outdoor recreational activities. Three individual campsites without amenities, one designated camping area with six defined camp sites, five parking lots, two privies, one 3.0 mile hiking trail, and 42 fishless ponds are available for public use.

MDC to host Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshops in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites teachers to a series of Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshops.  Participants will receive free training designed to improve conservation education in their classroom, home-school class, or youth group.  Upcoming training classes will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 East Gans Rd. in Columbia on the following dates in June:

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

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