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MDC invites women to beginner shooting clinic series in Columbia

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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 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.

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.

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

MDC reminds citizens to dispose of fish waste responsibly

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Nuisance reports at Wigwam School Access prompt new solutions for paddlefish snaggers.

Paddlefish lying on a streambank

MDC offers free spring fishing program at Runge Nature Center April 11

News from the region

Central
Apr 04, 2019

Explore history, legend and lore of one of the most impactful implements on the American frontier.

Man holding fish

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces April programs

News from the region

Central
Mar 26, 2019

Programs include hiking, birding, outdoor cooking and more.

Blue bird

MDC presents program on history of the longrifle at Runge Nature Center April 25

News from the region

Central
Mar 25, 2019

Explore history, legend and lore of one of the most impactful implements on the American frontier.

Longrifle history

MDC hosts women’s shotgun clinic near Columbia April 2

News from the region

Central
Mar 20, 2019
Register today for a free opportunity to learn safe handling and shooting techniques.
woman shooting shotgun in field

Make nature your spring break destination at MDC’s Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Mar 19, 2019

Programs for all ages make fun and educational opportunities to enjoy spring break in Jefferson City.

Kids discovering nature.

MDC presents free Missouri turkey calls program April 4

News from the region

Central
Mar 15, 2019
Learn about the origins, history, and function of these utilitarian and artful calls, including the artists who make them.
a selection of five turkey calls

MDC hosts native plant sale at Runge Nature Center March 23

News from the region

Central
Mar 14, 2019
Novice gardeners to professional landscapers can prepare for spring with native plants, information.
native plants in field

MDC invites first-time youth turkey hunters to free clinic in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Mar 05, 2019
Register youth ages 11-15 to attend a clinic and mentored hunt this April.
A man and a young girl wearing full camo sit at the base of a tree in the woods while the girl operates a wood box call to attract a wild turkey.

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Feb 20, 2019
Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.
staff person doing a prescribed burn

MDC basic baitcaster workshop March 12 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Feb 20, 2019
Register to attend a free program to learn how to cast and operate baitcaster fishing reels.
female fishing

MDC invites families to youth pollinator program Feb. 23 at Columbia golf course

News from the region

Central
Feb 11, 2019
Register for a free, fun, family-friendly opportunity to learn about plant pollinators and how to create native habitat for wildlife.
monarch butterfly in flight

MDC offers pond management workshops for landowners in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Feb 04, 2019
Register to attend a free workshop on building and maintaining a better pond on your property.
pond

MDC invites public to Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center Jan. 26

News from the region

Central
Jan 16, 2019
Discover nature this winter with live eagle presentations, new exhibits in Jefferson City.
bald eagle perched in tree

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
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