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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

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.

Wet a line with MDC at kids' fishing clinic in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. Help the kids in your life get hooked on the thrill of fishing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) to a day of free fishing, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City.

MDC to host women’s shooting academy in Columbia this June

COLUMBIA, Mo. –The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Discover Nature – Women’s Basic Shooting Academy this summer.  The academy will consist of a classroom session followed by two mentored shooting sessions. 

MDC invites women ages 18 or older, or girls ages 14 and older if accompanied by an adult, to attend this exciting and educational experience.  At this special shooting academy, participants will learn the basics of firearms safety, shooting techniques, equipment, target shooting, hunting, and more. 

MDC to host women’s archery workshop in Columbia May 24

COLUMBIA, Mo. –The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Discover Nature -- Women's Basic Archery Workshop to introduce women to archery basics.  The workshop will consist of a brief classroom session, followed by a practical session, to include mentored shooting. 

The workshop will take place 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the MDC Central Region Office, 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia.

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day on May 14 at Maramec Spring Park

ST. JAMES, Mo. – A casting contest, free fishing and free hotdogs are all part of the fun at Kids' Fishing Day, Saturday, May 14. The event is put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in cooperation with The James Foundation. It offers free fishing and other fun activities for kids ages 15 years and younger at Maramec Spring Park, located near St. James. The park will open at 5:30 a.m. with fishing at 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

MDC offers free Discover Nature Girls Camp in High Hill

COLUMBIA, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer its Discover Nature Girls Camp this summer in central Missouri. This free camp will introduce girls, ages 11-15, to a variety of outdoors skills in a supportive learning environment. The camp will take place Aug. 1-3 at High Hill Christian Camp near High Hill, Mo. 

Discover Nature Girls Camp is part of the Department’s mission to help people get outside and discover nature. 

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