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MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 02, 2019

Programs include pellet rifle shooting, wreath making, annual Holiday Happenings event, and more.

A woman teaches a little girl about nature at Runge Nature Center.

Call to MDC’s Operation Game Thief hotline yields poaching arrest

News from the region

Central
Nov 26, 2019

Tuscumbia man now faces litany of charges in Miller, Shannon counties.

Items seized during the arrest of Harold Piatt, including three firearms and two antlered deer heads.

MDC, partners to host youth waterfowl workshop Dec. 13-15 in Sweet Springs

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2019
Register youth to attend this free workshop and participate in a mentored duck hunt.
two waterfowl hunters calling ducks

MDC confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in 16 new Missouri counties

News from the region

Central
Nov 06, 2019

Tree-killing pest has now spread to 75 Missouri counties.

A map depicting where Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Missouri.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures Nov. 8 – 10

News from the region

Central
Nov 05, 2019
Trails will close for three days to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.
Runge Sign

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces November programs

News from the region

Central
Nov 01, 2019

Programs include tomahawk throwing, deer processing, trout fishing, and more.

A man holds a rainbow trout.

MDC offers timber harvest workshop Oct. 26 in Gasconade Co.

News from the region

Central
Oct 18, 2019

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

A view of forested property that could be harvested for timber.

MDC, partners to host youth waterfowl workshop Oct. 25-26 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 18, 2019
Register to attend this free workshop and chance to participate in youth duck hunt.
boy throwng duck decoy

MDC to host beginner fly fishing clinic Nov. 9 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 10, 2019

Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing course for ages 12+.

An MDC staff member instructs a woman on fly fishing techniques.

MDC warns of nuisance black vultures at Bagnell Dam Access on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Oct 04, 2019
Area users should beware of potential damage to parked vehicles.
black vultures

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop for new hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019
Register to attend this free clinic and mentored hunting opportunity.
gray squirrel in tree

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019

Programs include fall floating, hunter education, an outdoor skills sampler, and more.

Slime mold called Physarum polycephalum

MDC invites youth, families to trapping clinic in Callaway County Oct. 5-6

News from the region

Central
Sep 19, 2019
Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.
trappers in creek

MDC partners with Lincoln University to host Timber Stand Improvement workshop Oct. 12

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2019
Free seminar will introduce landowners to TSI practices, benefits to wildlife, and forest health.
MDC forester discusses Timber Stand Improvement in woods with landowner

MDC provides free trees to spring tornado victims in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Sep 09, 2019
Jefferson City and Eldon area storm victims can redeem free trees Oct. 3-5.
two volunteers plant a tree in Joplin

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

News from the region

Central
Sep 04, 2019
Youth ages 11-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may apply to attend hunt this November.
man and boy deer hunting against a tree

MDC seeks public input on Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area in Camden County

News from the region

Central
Sep 03, 2019

Public can comment through Oct. 31 on draft management plan.

The Little Niangua Natural Area at Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area.

MDC offers chainsaw safety training in mid-Missouri for woodland owners

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019

Free workshop will help landowners avoid hazards of chainsaw use while performing habitat management.

An MDC instructor teaches a class the proper technique for using a chainsaw.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces September programs

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
Programs include whitetail scouting, monarch migration, lake sturgeon, and more.
girl holding tagged monarch butterfly

MDC to host family fishing clinic in Columbia Sept. 11

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
FREE fishing clinic includes instruction and hands-on fishing opportunities.
kids fishing from dock

MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig earns international forestry award

News from the region

Central
Aug 27, 2019

International Society of Arboriculture spotlights successes in community forestry.

Paul Johnson with Ann Koenig and Lauren Lanphear.

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia Aug. 20

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2019

Register to attend this FREE clinic and learn skills to discover nature on the water.

An MDC instructor teaches a girl how to kayak.

MDC seeks public input on Davisdale Conservation Area in Howard County

News from the region

Central
Aug 01, 2019

Public can comment through Aug. 31 on draft management plan.

A camper enjoys an evening inside a tent at Davisdale Conservation Area.

Chad Gray to serve as new conservation agent in Osage County

News from the region

Central
Jul 31, 2019
MDC welcomes former conservation agent in Atchison County to new assignment.
head shot of Conservation Agent Chad Gray

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces August programs

News from the region

Central
Jul 30, 2019

Programs include kayaking, snorkeling, nature hikes, and more.

 A boy discovers nature through snorkeling.

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Lucas Bond
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
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Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
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Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554