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

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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.
image of lake with grassy bank

MDC to offer mentored turkey hunt for first-time youth hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Mar 03, 2020
Youth ages 11-15 can submit an application to participate in this opportunity.
man and girl turkey hunters in camo

MDC to host 25th anniversary celebration of Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area March 14

News from the region

Central
Feb 27, 2020

FREE open house will include live-bird presentations, a documentary screening, and more.

The sun hovers over the horizon at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.

MDC invites families to Youth Pollinator Event Feb. 29 at Columbia golf course

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

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

A monarch lands on common thistle.

MDC offers timber harvest workshop March 7 in Gasconade County

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

Free clinic will help landowners understand process and benefits of forest management.

A wooded area.

MDC crowns state champion river birch tree in Howard County

News from the region

Central
Feb 04, 2020

Howard County farm recognized as home to largest known river birch tree in the state.

Forester A.J. Campbell presents the Champion Tree plaque to Larry and Brenda Potterfield and Andrew Robinson.

MDC to host waterfowl season workshop in Columbia Jan. 30

News from the region

Central
Jan 24, 2020

Hunters can provide input on future season dates and zones.

An illustration of a mallard in flight

MDC, partners offer youth and mobility impaired upland bird hunt in Cole County Feb. 16

News from the region

Central
Jan 23, 2020

Apply by Feb. 2 for this free event giving youth and mobility-impaired hunters access to the outdoors.

MDC employees assist hunters on an upland bird hunt.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces February programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 23, 2020
Program topics include trout fishing, black bears, eagles, tomahawks, nature jewelry, and more.
young black bear

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Jan 17, 2020

Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.

MDC staff walks around the smoke coming from a prescribed fire.

MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer trainings in central Missouri this spring

News from the region

Central
Jan 15, 2020

Participants must register and attend orientation to join classes in Camdenton, or Columbia.

Participants learning about nature during a naturalist program.

MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshop Jan. 28 in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Jan 07, 2020

Preregister today to attend this free program for women ages 14 and older.

An MDC agent helps a woman learn to shoot a handgun.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 06, 2020
Program topics include fly tying, Canada goose hunting, predators, owls, wildlife in winter, and more.
saw-whet owl

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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
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Jill Pritchard
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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