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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 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 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 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.

MDC offers dove hunting clinic in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Jul 25, 2019
Participants will learn the basics of dove hunting, firearms safety, and shooting skills.
posed group of dove hunters standing in field

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Jul 24, 2019
Four-part Discover Nature – Fishing courses offered evenings in August.
woman teaching girl to fish

MDC Paydown Access on Gasconade River closed for construction

News from the region

Central
Jul 18, 2019

Construction should be complete by October and will provide easier access for boaters.

The Paydown Access entrance sign with a closed for repair sign.

MDC caving tours offer cool Missouri outings in summer

News from the region

Central
Jul 11, 2019

Register to attend a free Conservation Families: Caving event with Runge Nature Center staff.

A family visits Stark Caverns in Eldon.

UPDATE: All MDC accesses reopen on lower Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jul 10, 2019
Last closed section of Osage River reopens to recreational boating.
MDC Mari-Osa Access sign on Osage River

MDC invites families to frogging clinic at Blind Pony Fish Hatchery July 26

News from the region

Central
Jul 08, 2019

Learn to hone frogging skills at free clinic for the whole family.

A young boy holds a frog during a gigging trip at a Missouri pond.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces July programs

News from the region

Central
Jul 01, 2019
Programs include kayaking, archery, a creek crawl, and more.
twelve-spotted skimmer

MDC invites new hunters to hunter education training in Jefferson City July 15-16

News from the region

Central
Jun 28, 2019
Class will cover firearm types, safety, and participants will earn hunter education certification.
hunter education classroom instruction

MDC to host Bio Blitz at Runge Nature Center June 21-22

News from the region

Central
Jun 14, 2019
Explore the plants, animals, and other forms of life that call Runge home.
Woman and girl look at beetle at Runge Bio Blitz

MDC, partners to host Boone County Pollinator Tour June 20

News from the region

Central
Jun 12, 2019

Register to for this free opportunity to learn about plant pollinators and how to create native habitat for wildlife.

2019 Boone County Pollinator Tour flyer

UPDATE: Some MDC accesses reopen on lower Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jun 11, 2019

The Osage River remains closed to recreational use from St. Thomas to the Missouri River.

A river access closed by flooding.

Discover nature with MDC at free catfish clinic July 19-20 in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Central
Northeast
Jun 07, 2019
Learn the basics of catching big catfish on Missouri's rivers and lakes at this free clinic.
boy holding catfish

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Lucas Bond
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
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Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
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Francis Skalicky
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Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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