Conservation Federation of Missouri’s Share the Harvest program, providing a way for hunters to donate deer meat to those in need
Volunteers Vital For Success
The Department partners with tens-of-thousands of individuals to improve Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of conservation in Missouri,” says Syd Hime, MDC volunteer and interpretive programs coordinator. “Thousands of volunteers provide tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service at our hatcheries, nature centers, offices and shooting ranges each year. Their passion and enthusiasm are contagious, and Missouri is a better place for it.”
Most volunteers contribute in one of these areas:
- Hunter education: Approximately 1,400 volunteers donated more than 34,000 hours last year as primary instructors for Missouri’s mandatory Hunter Education Certification and voluntary Bowhunter Education Certification courses.
- Staffed ranges: About 160 people donated more than 12,500 hours last year offering primary support for public firing line safety, shooting and hunting related programs.
- Nature centers: More than 450 volunteers at hatcheries and nature and interpretive centers throughout the state donated more than 12,300 hours last year. Volunteers develop and conduct programs, work with school groups, lead hikes, assist with area management and more.
- Master Naturalists: The Department also supports 1,200 Missouri Master Naturalists in 12 chapters, who provide more than 44,000 hours of volunteer service to habitat restoration and conservation efforts each year.
- Forest Keepers: More than 2,500 Forest Keepers volunteer almost 18,000 hours observing and reporting on the condition of rural and community forests.
- Stream Teams: More than 3,800 active Stream Teams improve and protect their adopted stream of choice. Teams perform dozens of activities like litter pickup, water quality monitoring, tree planting and storm drain stenciling. Last year, volunteers contributed more than 145,000 hours to our state’s stream resources.
The Department has many other volunteer opportunities to explore. If you’re interested in playing a role in keeping Missouri’s nature green, clean and healthy, learn more at mdc.mo.gov/node/4668.