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MDC offers Discover Nature Basic Firearms Safety workshop for the holidays

News from the region

Central
Dec 12, 2016

Families invited to learn basic safety and shooting technique at FREE course in Columbia.

Firearm Gift

MDC offers Discover Nature reloading workshops in Columbia Jan. 4 and 31

News from the region

Central
Dec 12, 2016

Register to attend a free course on basic reloading of metallic cartridges.

ammunition reloading

MDC announces temporary closures at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Dec 12, 2016

Road construction temporarily closes access to shooting range, boat ramp, and some parking lots.

Roadwork at MDC’s Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

MDC seeks public input on Painted Rock Conservation Area near Westphalia

News from the region

Central
Dec 01, 2016

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

Beautiful fall color over looking the river.

New exhibits coming to MDC’s Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Nov 23, 2016

Nature center, trails to remain open during temporary exhibit closures.

Runge Exhibits

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures

News from the region

Central
Nov 23, 2016

Trails will close Dec. 16 – 19 to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.

Children and adults walking on a path past a large oak tree at Runge Nature Center.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center recognized as top destination for family vacation

News from the region

Central
Nov 10, 2016

FlipKey identifies top six small cities in U.S. to visit, and activities include discovering nature in mid-Missouri.

A woman and her daughter walking on a trail at the Runge Nature Center.

MDC stocks rainbow trout in local lakes to kick off winter trout season

News from the region

Central
Nov 08, 2016

Special season improves access to cold water fish; catch-and-release only until Feb. 1.

MDC is stocks rainbow trout.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshops in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 17, 2016

Register today to attend a free workshop in November.

Teachers being taught about Discover Nature schools.

MDC presents State Champion Tree award for blue ash in Sturgeon

News from the region

Central
Oct 11, 2016

Sturgeon claims title for largest blue ash in Missouri.

State Champion Blue Ash

MDC Runge Nature Center hosts Missouri Owls event Oct. 14

News from the region

Central
Oct 11, 2016

Learn how Missouri’s owls see, hear, hunt, and eat with MDC staff on Friday.

Owl sitting in a tree.

Chris Horn to serve as new Conservation Agent in Cole County

News from the region

Central
Oct 06, 2016

MDC welcomes Fulton native and Army veteran to new role.

Conservation Agent Chris Horn

MDC offers hunter education skills course in Columbia Nov. 1

News from the region

Central
Oct 05, 2016

Register by Oct. 28 to attend this course and earn your hunter education certification card.

A girl reading hunter education materials. She has a shotgun and a safety vest in front of her.

MDC seeks input on Earthquake Hollow Conservation Area near New Bloomfield

News from the region

Central
Oct 03, 2016

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

Forest at Earthquake Hollow Conservation Area

MDC offers hunter education skills course in Columbia Oct. 11

News from the region

Central
Sep 28, 2016

Register to attend this course and earn a hunter education certification card.

Little girl taking the Hunter Education Skills Course.

MDC and Lincoln University invite landowners to Timber Stand Improvement workshop Oct. 15

News from the region

Central
Sep 26, 2016

Free seminar will introduce landowners to TSI practices and benefits.

trees

MDC invites teachers to archery instructor course in Saline County

News from the region

Central
Sep 23, 2016

Course helps teachers start an archery program in their schools

A student pulls back on a bow as her MoNASP coach looks on.

MDC seeks new volunteers to help lead Discover Nature Fishing programs

News from the region

Central
Sep 13, 2016

Register to attend a free training program in Kirksville Oct. 1.

New anglers learn fishing techniques.

MDC offers hunter education skills course in Columbia Oct. 5

News from the region

Central
Sep 13, 2016

Register to attend this course and earn a hunter education certification card.

Hunter Education

MDC invites preschool teachers to Discover Nature Schools workshop in Columbia Oct. 14

News from the region

Central
Sep 12, 2016

Space is limited. Register by Oct. 11 to attend this free training.

Young students learning about nature.

MDC presents State Champion Tree award for chinkapin oak in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Sep 02, 2016

New tree recognized as largest of its kind in Missouri, dethrones previous title holder.

MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig presents Ryan Russell, with a State Champion Tree plaque in front of the state’s largest known chinkapin oak, located in Columbia.

MDC seeks public input on Osage County conservation area

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2016

Public can comment through Aug. 31 on draft management plan for Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area.

Forested area of Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area.

MDC seeks public input on Saline County conservation area

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2016

Public can comment through Aug. 31 on draft management plan for Blue Lick Conservation Area.

A field at Blue Lick Conservation Area.

MDC seeks public input on Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area near Wellsville

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2016

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

Blue bird sitting on a branch at Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area.

MDC seeks public input on towersites across central Missouri

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2016

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

A towersite at a conservation area in the central region.

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MDC Media Staff

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) 815-7901
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