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Avoid the late fall rush and take hunter education now

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 23, 2016

Become Hunter Education certified in time for the November firearms season.

HUnter Ed

MDC’s Columbia Bottom visitor center features art exhibit merging water color and nature journaling

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 21, 2016

This unique work by local artist Angie Jungbluth will be on display until Oct. 14.

Columbia Bottom Art

Prairie Day event at Shaw Nature Reserve cancelled due to rain

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2016

The biennial event is scheduled to be held again in 2018.                

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2016

Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free, day-long event.

Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC invites public input for future management of Forest 44 Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2016

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during September.

Forest 44 CA

MDC, Arbor Day Foundation, and communities celebrate 40 years of Tree City USA in Missouri

News from the region

St. Louis
Statewide
Sep 14, 2016

Event celebrated 88 Missouri communities in the program.

Tree City USA Celebration

MDC invites public input for future management of Long Ridge Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 06, 2016

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during September.

Long Ridge Conservation Area map.

MDC invites public input for future management of B.K. Leach Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 02, 2016

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during September.

Sunset on B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area.

MDC invites public input for future management of Weldon Spring Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 01, 2016

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during September

Beautiful Missouri River and the fall color.

MDC cohosts overnight campout in Forest Park to help families discover the outdoors

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2016

MDC joins host of partners to offer an affordable way to discover camping and outdoor skills in St. Louis’ most famous park.

Sunrise behind tents in a field

MDC offers special program in St. Charles to help kids catch their first fish

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 26, 2016

An innovative program for youngsters age four to six will introduce them to fishing and their very first catch.

Kids Fishing

MDC hosts women’s free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park Sept. 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 26, 2016

Women are treated to a free day of fishing at the trout park, which features Missouri’s fifth largest spring.

Woman Trout Fishing

MDC co-hosts Monarch Tagging Event in St. Charles Sept. 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 25, 2016

Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences, such as monarch butterfly catching and tagging.

Monarch resting on a flower.

MDC’s Jay Henges Shooting Range still accessible despite partial closure of Antire Road

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 18, 2016

Users can continue to reach the Jay Henges Shooting Range via both directions of I-44. 

Map of Beaumont Antire Road

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Franklin County, MDC urges proactive approach

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 18, 2016

Ash tree owners in Franklin County need to make decisions now as the ash-killing insect invades the area.

Emerald Ash Borer

MDC works with Ferguson-Florissant School District to improve Little Creek Nature Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 15, 2016

An island of nature in an urban ocean provides north-county students with one-of-a-kind outdoor learning experiences.

A trail at Little Creek Natural Area

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center presents Down and Dirty program Aug. 25

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 05, 2016

Unique program can help both children and parents discover the advantages of dirt.

Muddy girl playing in the mud.

MDC partners with Crawford County to repair road to conservation areas

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 02, 2016

A cost-share program administered by MDC improves access to conservation areas by assisting counties with road maintenance.

Road Repair

MDC invites public input for future management of five Franklin County river accesses

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 01, 2016

Those interested in having input on the 10-year management plan of any of these accesses are invited to share their ideas during August.

Fishing from Canoe on Bourbeuse River

MDC invites public to share ideas about future management of Merrill Horse Access

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 01, 2016

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of August.

Merill Horse Access Map

MDC St. Louis region Protection Division volunteers earn 500-hour service awards

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 25, 2016

Two volunteers received framed wildlife art prints to commemorate outstanding service.

Dan Busekrus of Troy (center left) and Sarah Foran of Warrenton (center right) both received framed wildlife art prints last June to commemorate 500 hours of volunteer service for MDC’s St. Louis Regional Protection Division.  The awards were presented by

MDC confirms sightings of Pokémon at Busch Conservation Area and Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 20, 2016

Virtual wildlife new to Missouri found at two St. Louis area MDC sites.

Pokémon

O’Fallon man honored as Missouri’s top hunter education instructor

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 19, 2016

Dave Cantoni of O’Fallon was recently named 2015’s statewide Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.

Dave Cantoni

Wright City resident honored as Missouri’s top bowhunter education instructor

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 19, 2016

Bob Mallery of Wright City was recently named statewide bow hunter education Instructor of the year for 2015.

Bob Mallery

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area now offers free discovery backpacks for loan

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 15, 2016

Educational backpacks contain everything needed for self-guided discovery of the area’s many natural habitats.

Columbia Bottom CA Visitor Center

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Lucas Bond
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
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Dan Zarlenga
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