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MDC to streamline Nature Shop sales starting this summer

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 24, 2019

Nature Shop sales available only through MDC nature centers and online beginning July 1.

The entrance of the Cape Girardeau Nature Center.

MDC to offer frogging clinic for beginners at Locust Creek Conservation Area July 5

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 21, 2019

Learn to hone frogging skills at FREE clinic for the whole family.

Two kids carry their gigs while out searching for frogs.

MDC offers grant opportunities to local communities

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Grants provide funding options for groups to help habitats and their organizations.
Habitat Restoration along Sunset Street in Springfield

Bear open house, canoe programs, among events scheduled for Springfield Nature Center in July

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Upcoming events feature July 9 open house on how black bears are faring in the state.
black bear profile image

MDC offers free fishing classes in Kansas City and St. Joseph areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Jun 19, 2019
Discover Nature—Fishing program helps anglers learn basic skills to get started
Two instructors teach a family how to fish

MDC reminds people to celebrate safely!

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 19, 2019
Be careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire.
two kids at a campfire

MDC to close Parma Woods Shooting Range temporarily for maintenance

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 19, 2019

Range will be closed from June 24 through July 4

Parma Woods Shooting Range

MDC offers free catfishing clinic at Truman Lake Aug. 15-16

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 18, 2019

Space is limited and signups begin July 1

Two women pull a catfish onto their boat with a net.

MDC to hold crossbow clinic June 22 at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 18, 2019

Free program will include classroom and target range sessions.

A hunter loads his crossbow in the woods.

Rockwoods Reservation throws Moth Night nocturnal nature party July 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 18, 2019

It’s a rare chance for families to explore the area after dark and discover these nocturnal insect wonders at a free event.

Moths on a purple coneflower.

MDC offers free kayak classes July 11 in Livingston County

News from the region

Northwest
Jun 18, 2019

Space is limited for class to learn kayaking basics at Poosey Conservation Area lake

An MDC staff member kayaks on a lake.

Discover nature this summer during frogging season

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 17, 2019

Frogging season runs June 30 at sunset through Oct. 31

MDC staff holds a bullfrog during a gigging outing.

New hours begin July 1 for Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 17, 2019

The center will now be open every Saturday but closed on Mondays

MDC staff lead children on a nature walk at the Discovery Center.

MDC plans stream fishing clinic for women on July 11

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

Program includes stream fishing opportunity on the James River.

A view from a canoe paddling on a stream.

MDC tree pest clinic is June 25 at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

People can get tree disease information and diagnoses at free event.

Tree leaves infected by jumping oak gall.

MDC invites families to learn about fishing fundamentals

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

June 22 program at Walter Woods Conservation Area will focus on basics.

A family poses with a fish they caught on a fishing trip.

MDC bands 18 peregrine falcon chicks at Kansas City area nest sites

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 14, 2019

Expansion of nesting sites continues to help this endangered species in Missouri

KC power plant workers pose with two peregrine falcon chicks that have been banded.

Crickets tell the temperature in warm weather

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 14, 2019
MDC education consultant recommends teaching children this fun summer trick.
male field cricket in hand

MDC to host Bio Blitz at Runge Nature Center June 21-22

News from the region

Central
Jun 14, 2019
Explore the plants, animals, and other forms of life that call Runge home.
Woman and girl look at beetle at Runge Bio Blitz

Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 13, 2019
Take a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state.
2019 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet cover

MDC, partners to host Boone County Pollinator Tour June 20

News from the region

Central
Jun 12, 2019

Register to for this free opportunity to learn about plant pollinators and how to create native habitat for wildlife.

2019 Boone County Pollinator Tour flyer

MDC: Respect, not fear, is best when it comes to snake encounters

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 12, 2019

Watch where you step, dress appropriately and keep hands out of rocky crevices to avoid trouble.

A kingsnake in the brush.

Cape Nature Center announces July programs, partners with area libraries

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 11, 2019

Naturalists will provide nocturnal creature programs at six Riverside Regional Libraries July 16 & 17.

Little explorers learn about nature at the Cape Nature Center.

MDC hosts free women’s Archery and Crossbow Workshop at Twin Pines July 20

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 11, 2019

Women will learn bow and crossbow techniques, safety and maintenance.

A woman sitting against a tree with a bow.

MDC offers help keeping unwanted trees and shrubs out of grasslands

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 11, 2019

Early control will prevent bigger problems

A photo showing how sumac can overtake grasslands and choke out native plants.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554