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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

MDC, partners offer mobility impaired and youth pheasant hunt near Centertown Feb. 17

News from the region

Central
Jan 10, 2019
Apply by Jan. 31 for this free outdoor opportunity for mobility impaired and youth hunters.
mobility impaired hunters

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Jan 04, 2019
Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.
smoke during a prescribed burn

Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 27, 2018
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
recycling Christmas trees for fish habitat

MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer trainings in central Missouri this spring

News from the region

Central
Dec 13, 2018
Participants must register and attend orientation to join classes in Camdenton, Columbia, or Rolla.
Master Naturalists being trained in a field

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop for new hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Nov 28, 2018

Register by Dec. 12 to attend this free program on Dec. 15.

Squirrel

MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshops near Hartsburg

News from the region

Central
Nov 21, 2018
Preregister today to attend this free program on Dec. 13.
handgun workshop

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshop Dec. 6 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 15, 2018
Register for a FREE workshop for educators to help kids discover nature.
students discovering nature

MDC offers firearms cleaning workshop Nov. 27 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2018
Register to attend a free program to learn how to properly clean and care for your firearm.
Closeup pic of rifle and shotgun

MDC partners with Columbia Public Schools for invasive plant removal

News from the region

Central
Nov 13, 2018
Service-learning project results in removal of more than 2-million invasive honeysuckle plants.
4th graders at Fairview Elementary School posing for photo

MDC seeks public input on Lamine River Conservation Area in Cooper, Morgan counties

News from the region

Central
Nov 01, 2018

MDC seeks public input on Lamine River Conservation Area in Cooper, Morgan counties

Lamine River

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures Nov. 2-4

News from the region

Central
Nov 01, 2018
Trails will close for three days to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.
Runge Sign

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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