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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

MDC to hold youth dove hunt at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 14, 2016

Youths age 11-15 have until July 31 to apply for a clinic and managed dove hunt.

Youth Dove Hunt

MDC, St. Louis Zoo and local teen volunteers help restore federally-endangered beetle

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 08, 2016

This mysterious “undertaker” beetle plays a vital role in the ecosystems in which it lives.

American Burying Beetle

MDC offers youth frog gigging clinic Aug. 5 at BK Leach

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 07, 2016

Kids age 11-15 will get introduced to an entertaining and unique summer pastime.

A group of kids preparing to go frog gigging

Registration for reallocation of Upper Mississippi waterfowl blind sites opens July 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 30, 2016

The online reallocation drawing will be held to allocate relinquished blind sites.

Duck Hunters

MDC offers bow frogging class in St. Charles County July 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 21, 2016

Participants will learn an up and coming sport that gives frog hunters some unique advantages.

Bow Frogging

New MDC program offers landowners payments to let public use their land for outdoor recreation

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 20, 2016

The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program is giving additional incentives for owners of land in the St. Louis area.

Hunter reading the signage at an MRAP area.

MDC holds Learn to Deer Hunt Open House at Jay Henges Shooting Range July 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 16, 2016

This free event will be an opportunity for newcomers to learn more and take the first steps toward a lifetime activity.

Deer hunter walking in the woods

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center debuts new video wall and sound system

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 15, 2016

The nature center recently received an extensive AV upgrade to its auditorium promising a more immersive experience for audiences.

New video wall

Florissant couple receives national Volunteer Hunter Education Hall of Fame Award

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 15, 2016

Jim and Peggy Ragland were recognized with the national honor May 25 at the International Hunter Education Association conference in Vermont.

Jim and Peggy Ragland received the Volunteer Hunter Education Hall of Fame Award

MDC partners with QDMA to hold deer management workshop in New Haven

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 14, 2016

This free workshop will help landowners create better habitat on their property to attract more deer.

MDC will partner with QDMA to hold a Deer and Food Plot Management Workshop 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at New Haven Farm and Feed. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Black bear sighted in Franklin County, MDC urges “Don’t feed bears!”

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 07, 2016

A black bear has been reported and photographed the past few days near Robertsville and Lonedell.

Black Bear in Garbage Can

MDC’s Discover Nature—Fishing program expands, adds new St. Louis area lake

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 01, 2016

This free program designed to teach the basics of fishing to youths and families now offers a north county location.

Little boy holding his fish

MDC hosts fishing fair in Forest Park for people with disabilities

News from the region

St. Louis
May 31, 2016

Anglers age nine to 66 caught 60 fish during a fishing event at Forest Park in partnership with the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis.

Little girl in wheelchair poses with the catfish she caught

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