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MDC to offer virtual forest and woodland workshop April 22

News from the region

Central
Apr 19, 2021

Learn how to enhance farm stewardship, increase wildlife habitat, and make farms more productive.

Woodland

MDC to host Intro to Birding and Spring Bird ID webinar with Missouri River Bird Observatory April 22

News from the region

Central
Apr 16, 2021

Register to attend FREE webinar and get the most out of your birding experience this spring.

Male summer tanager on tree branch

MDC offers native grass management workshop in Tipton April 21

News from the region

Central
Apr 14, 2021

Register today to attend and learn about multiple aspects of native warm-season grass management.

Cows in native grass

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces April programs

News from the region

Central
Apr 06, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Group kayaking in Como

MDC to host Pollinator Powerhouses event April 8 at Jefferson City golf course

News from the region

Central
Mar 30, 2021

Register for a free, fun, family-friendly learning opportunity about pollinators and creating native wildlife habitat.

Monarch on native flower

MDC hosts native preorder plant sale at Runge Nature Center March 27

News from the region

Central
Mar 24, 2021
This year’s native plant sale will be preorder-only to ensure public safety.
Runge Nature Center’s annual native plant sale

MDC, partners offer “buy-back” program to replace invasive pear trees April 20

News from the region

Central
Mar 24, 2021

Register and provide photo-proof of removal before April 19 to receive a free native-tree replacement.

Callery Pear trees in field

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces March programs

News from the region

Central
Mar 02, 2021
FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.
morel mushrooms

MDC begins trail work at Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Feb 26, 2021
Work begins this winter to optimize hiking, multi-use trails.
Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area

MDC to reopen Camdenton, Central Regional offices March 1

News from the region

Central
Feb 26, 2021

Both locations will require masks and physical distancing.

MDC logo

MDC offers virtual pond management workshop March 11 for landowners

News from the region

Central
Feb 10, 2021
Register to learn about building and maintaining a better pond on your property.
person fishing at a pond

MDC to host ice fishing workshop in Columbia on Feb. 9

News from the region

Central
Feb 05, 2021
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature — Fishing workshop and learn on-the-ice fishing skills.
ice fishing

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces February programs

News from the region

Central
Feb 01, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

A young boy looks for bald eagles with MDC staff during an Eagle Days event.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 04, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

A silhouette of a bald eagle resting on a tree branch

MDC to host winter bird ID webinar with Missouri River Bird Observatory

News from the region

Central
Dec 31, 2020
Register to attend FREE webinar and get the most out of your birding experience this winter.
short-eared owl

Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 31, 2020
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
recycled Christmas trees

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 01, 2020

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Red bellied woodpecker at feeder

MDC connects kitchens with virtual venison program Dec. 3

News from the region

Central
Nov 24, 2020
Learn how to prepare pan-fried, roasted venison with this FREE online program.
preparing venison

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces November programs

News from the region

Central
Nov 03, 2020

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Two boys take a night hike with lanterns

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures Nov. 6–8

News from the region

Central
Oct 30, 2020
Trails will close for three days to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.
archery equipment

MDC to host beginner fly fishing workshop in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 22, 2020
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing course for ages 13+.
person fly fishing

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.
Runge Sign

MDC welcomes native foraging expert to Runge Nature Center Oct. 22 & 23

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
Register to attend this FREE foraging hike and book signing on either day.
Bo Brown

MDC Outdoor Recreation Spotlight: 5 kayaking opportunities in central Missouri

News from the region

Central
Oct 02, 2020

Enjoy mild weather and see fall colors from the water this autumn.

A kayak floats on the Gasconade River at sunset.

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2020

Youth ages 11-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may apply to attend this hunt.

Young hunter aims rifle

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
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