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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

Flooding forces closure of MDC accesses on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jun 05, 2019
The Osage River is now closed to recreational use from Bagnell Dam to the Missouri River.
Orange cones and hazard tape across road to conservation area closed from flooding

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia June 11

News from the region

Central
Jun 04, 2019
Register to attend this FREE clinic and gear up for a summer on the water.
kayaking instruction

MDC invites women to beginner shooting clinic series in Columbia

News from the region

Central
May 31, 2019
Register to attend a free series of training programs for women on beginner shooting basics.
woman shooting shotgun

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces June programs

News from the region

Central
May 29, 2019

Programs include fly fishing, forest foraging, Bio Blitz, and more.

MDC staff teach young explorers about nature.

MDC reminds residents to exercise caution with storm-damaged trees

News from the region

Central
May 25, 2019

From personal injury to physical damage and common scams, don’t let tree damage make matters worse.

Trees damaged from storm.

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

News from the region

Central
May 25, 2019

Four-part Discover Nature – Fishing courses offered evenings in June.

People fishing around a lake.

Wet a line with MDC at “Reel” Time fishing event in Columbia June 8

News from the region

Central
May 22, 2019

Help a young person discover the joy of fishing at this free event.

A little girl poses with a fish she caught at a Columbia pond.

Wet a line with MDC at kids' fishing event in Jefferson City

News from the region

Central
May 10, 2019

Help kids get hooked on the thrill of fishing, and discover nature.

A conservation agent helps a young angler fish at an MDC pond.

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia May 14

News from the region

Central
May 03, 2019

Register to attend this FREE clinic and gear up for a summer on the water.

Several people kayak on a Missouri lake at sunset.

MDC offers Field to Fork wild cooking clinic in Columbia May 13

News from the region

Central
Apr 29, 2019

Chef Walker Claridge and author Bernadette Dryden will lead a spring-seasonal cooking clinic at Broadway Brewery.

A plate of food, including green beans, corn, eggs, meat, and potatoes, prepared during an MDC Field to Fork event.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center hosts conservation legend Ding Darling May 15

News from the region

Central
Apr 23, 2019
Actor Tom Milligan gives a first-person performance of conservation pioneer Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling.
Tom Milligan portrays Ding Darling

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Programs include hiking, fishing, stream clean-up and more.

Runge Nature Center staff lead a stream team clean-up at Wears Creek in Jefferson City.

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Nature Center April 27

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Nilsen blends nature-inspired music with images by MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Composer and musician John Nilsen plays the piano at a music concert

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Bill Graham
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Kristie Hilgedick
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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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