Learn how trout are raised at MDC virtual program on Dec. 30

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BRANSON, Mo. – Trout are a popular fish to catch in Missouri, but they’re not native to the Show-Me State. Many of the rainbow and brown trout found in Missouri streams and at trout parks began their lives in a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) cold-water hatchery.

People can learn more about the unique process of raising trout Dec. 30 at MDC’s virtual program “The Hatchery In Pictures.” This free online program will be 6-7 p.m. and is being conducted by staff at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center. This program, which will be instructed by MDC Naturalist Leah Eden, will be a photographic tour of Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. Eden will talk about the facility’s history, how trout are raised at the hatchery, and where they are stocked. This program is designed for all ages. People can register for this program at:


Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. The program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

To find out more about this event or other events at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0. The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.