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MDC offers Bowhunter Education Course at Jay Henges Shooting Range

High Ridge, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a Bowhunter Education Class at its Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. This free course will provide participants with the opportunity to become certified in bow hunter safety.

The course will be offered over three evenings, Monday through Wednesday, July 20-22 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attending all three sessions is necessary to receive certification. It is open to anyone 11 years and older.

Overnight campout event in Forest Park helps families discover the outdoors

St. Louis, Mo.—Have you ever wanted to learn to camp or fish? Or maybe go canoeing or create a great meal outdoors? If you answered yes, 2015 Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) St. Louis is for you. This educational family event will be held in Forest Park Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13.

MDC offers frog gigging clinic for families July 31 in Lincoln County

Elsberry, Mo. — Things will be hopping around BK Leach Memorial Conservation Area Friday, July 31. That's the date of the Discover Nature—Families Frog Gigging Clinic. The event runs from 7-11 p.m., and is open to youths from age 11 to 15. All youths attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff and conservation agents will teach the finer points of hunting frogs at night using a forked spear and a technique called gigging. Frog gigging is the perfect excuse to stay out late on a warm summer night.

MDC urges reducing firewood movement

UNIONVILLE, Mo. -- Missouri's northern borders continue to be on the front lines of stopping the spread of invasive tree pests. In early June, the emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in Davis County, Iowa, near the town of Bloomfield, which is less than 20 miles from the Missouri border. EAB, which kills ash trees with its tunneling under bark, has been found in 24 counties in Iowa and 11 counties, plus the City of St. Louis, in Missouri. Many invasive forest pests threaten to enter Missouri and cause serious damage to our forests and ornamental trees.

MDC's Columbia Bottom Conservation Area closes due to flooding

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake is closing today because MDC officials anticipate water overtopping the Mississippi River levee south of the area.

"Since floodwaters are currently up against the main levee on the river side, we are closing the area in advance of flooding as a proactive step should a levee failure occur," said MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor John Vogel. The area's canoe and kayak access on the Mississippi River was closed Wednesday.

June 27 Mud Day event called off due to flooding concerns

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. — The Mud Day Event scheduled for Saturday, June 27, has been cancelled because of projected flooding of the Meramec River. The event was organized by the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center and the City of Sunset Hills.

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