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MDC saves thousands of trout with dam repair at Maramec Spring Hatchery

St. JAMES, Mo.— The Maramec Spring Trout Park near St. James could have lost thousands of fish were it not for the actions and innovation of Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff.

MDC presents nature journaling program at Shaw Nature Reserve

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo—Being outdoors in nature is a wonderful way to spend a day.  Nature journaling is an excellent way to keep memories of those days.  It also helps one grow and learn as a naturalist.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering an overnight Nature Journaling Program at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-2.  The program begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and goes until 3 p.m. on Thursday, and is open to adults age 21 and older. 

Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings go electronic this year

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Effective in May 2016, all waterfowl blind site draws for the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Upper Mississippi Conservation Area restricted waterfowl hunting zone will be conducted electronically. The biennial (every other year) drawings had been held previously via in-person drawings where hunters were required to be present.

MDC selects top St. Louis area hunter education instructors

St. Louis, Mo.— Missouri is a great place to hunt and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Hunter Education Program (HED) helps make it a safe one, too. The success of the program is in large part due to the dedication and efforts of the HED instructors, including those recently announced as regional HED Instructors of the Year in St. Louis.

MDC and DU hold Wetlands for Kids Day on April 2

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—– You can call them water filters, or flood buffers, but many unique plants and animals call wetlands home.  But on April 2, you’ll definitely call them fun. 

MDC helps sponsor 8th Annual Confluence Trash Bash March 19

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is helping to sponsor one of the largest litter clean-ups in the St. Louis area — the 8th Annual Confluence Trash Bash. The event is happening, Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed to help clean up rivers and creeks that lie within the Confluence Greenway.

MDC and partners holding native landscaping workshop March 26 at Powder Valley Nature Center

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — If there was a way to beautify a landscape, lower the cost of maintaining it, and help wildlife in the process, wouldn’t it seem to be a natural choice?  Selecting native plants can achieve all these goals . . . and it’s something just about any homeowner in the St. Louis region can do.

MDC’s Reifsnider Shooting Range returns to normal operating hours

Warrenton, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has restored normal operating hours at its unstaffed shooting range at the Reifsnider State Forest in Warren County. The range had been closed during the week for the past two months to accommodate a construction project on the site. The project has recently been completed.

Discover nature at night with MDC on evening hikes at Busch Conservation Area in March

St. CHARLES, Mo—Spring begins earlier in nature than you might think.  Mysterious peents, twitters and peeps heard in the dark during mid-to-late March signal warmer days to come.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a chance to learn more about the animals behind the sounds at two Timberdoodles and Spring Peepers hikes at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in March.  The first hike is Saturday, March 12, from 5:15-8:30 p.m.

MDC offers opportunities for volunteers at open house March 5 at Jay Henges Shooting Range

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. — As an outdoor enthusiast, you can share your passion with others by volunteering for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). It's an excellent way to help others discover your excitement for nature.

MDC is holding a New Volunteer Open House Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The event will offer the opportunity to learn more about MDC's volunteer program first hand by speaking directly with MDC staff and active volunteers.

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