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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

MDC offers virtual squirrel hunting clinic, and mentored hunt in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Sep 18, 2020
New hunters: Register to attend this free virtual clinic and mentored hunting opportunity.
three people squirrel hunting

MDC to offer beginner trapping clinic in Callaway Co. Oct. 3–4

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2020

Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.

Trapping at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Sep 10, 2020
Four-part Discover Nature – Fishing courses offered over two evenings in September.
boy fishing at pond

MDC alters dove hunting procedures for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

News from the region

Central
Aug 26, 2020

Procedure changes will help ensure public safety amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Doves perch on sunflowers

MDC to host fly fishing workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Aug 13, 2020
Register to attend these FREE Discover Nature – Fishing courses for ages 12+.
two people fly fishing in stream

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces August programs

News from the region

Central
Aug 07, 2020

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

Two girls explore a creek outside of Runge Nature Center

MDC’s Runge Nature Center reopens July 7 with health precautions

News from the region

Central
Jul 01, 2020
FREE public programs to resume, outdoors or in a virtual setting.
kayakers paddle on a lake

UPDATE: MDC suspends closure at De Bourgmont Access until next week

News from the region

Central
May 13, 2020
Closure will resume May 18 to accommodate ongoing law enforcement investigation.
De Bourgmont Access

MDC De Bourgmont Access on Lamine River closed for police investigation

News from the region

Central
May 05, 2020

Access will reopen as soon as possible.

De Bourgmont Access on the Lamine River

MDC cancels native plant sale at Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Mar 20, 2020

Protecting public safety amid coronavirus/COVID-19 concerns prompts cancellation of annual event.

MDC Color Logo

POSTPONED: 25th anniversary celebration of Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

News from the region

Central
Mar 13, 2020
Weather forecast and public health precautions prompt postponement of open house event.
Sunset at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

MDC to host intermediate fly tying clinic March 26 in Jefferson City

News from the region

Central
Mar 12, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM/EVENT TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A fly lure.

MDC offers pond management workshops for landowners in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Mar 04, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THESE PROGRAMS/EVENTS TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
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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)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
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