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MDC offers free catfishing clinic at Truman Lake Aug. 15-16

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 18, 2019

Space is limited and signups begin July 1

Two women pull a catfish onto their boat with a net.

New hours begin July 1 for Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 17, 2019

The center will now be open every Saturday but closed on Mondays

MDC staff lead children on a nature walk at the Discovery Center.

MDC bands 18 peregrine falcon chicks at Kansas City area nest sites

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 14, 2019

Expansion of nesting sites continues to help this endangered species in Missouri

KC power plant workers pose with two peregrine falcon chicks that have been banded.

MDC offers help keeping unwanted trees and shrubs out of grasslands

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 11, 2019

Early control will prevent bigger problems

A photo showing how sumac can overtake grasslands and choke out native plants.

MDC temporarily closes Clinton office due to Truman Lake flooding

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 03, 2019
Water is over the main public entrance road
Line of sandbags protects MDC Clinton Office from flooding

MDC's lowland conservation areas and accesses in western Missouri flooded by high water

News from the region

Kansas City
May 30, 2019
Visitors should use caution in any low-lying areas
flooded conservation area

MDC welcomes anglers to renovated Amarugia Lake south of Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
May 28, 2019

Lake in Cass County offers a variety of fish for anglers

An angler fishes off the shore of Amarugia Lake.

Many MDC conservation areas and river accesses affected by high water

News from the region

Kansas City
May 25, 2019

Visitors should plan cautiously during Memorial Day weekend

Conservation Area flooding.

Missouri prairies offer wildflower variety on summer hikes

News from the region

Kansas City
May 22, 2019

MDC manages public prairies to showcase grassland species

A view of the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie in St. Clair County.

MDC hosted Rich Hill students on May 15 for outdoor skills field day

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019

Students learned about archery, target shooting, fishing, and throwing the atlatl

MDC staff teach a young girl how to throw an atlatl.

MDC to co-host free Get Outdoors! event May 18 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
May 16, 2019
Families can learn outdoor skills including archery and fishing
MDC staff person in canoe instructs kid in another canoe

MDC hosting orientation on June 18 for Missouri Master Naturalist program in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
May 14, 2019

Master naturalists enjoy nature as volunteers for conservation and education programs

An MDC volunteer talks to a little boy about nature and conservation.

Learn how to go fishing with free MDC classes and loaner tackle

News from the region

Kansas City
May 06, 2019

MDC provides free classes and loaner tackle for new anglers

A father and son learn how to fish at a Missouri pond.

MDC to co-host free Get Outdoors! event May 18 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
May 01, 2019

Families can enjoy nature lore and learn outdoor skills including fishing and archery

Two girls practice their fishing skills at a Missouri lake.

MDC offers free guided Missouri River float trip June 15 at Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 30, 2019

Registration opens May 1 and includes mandatory orientation June 4.

Two people float down the Missouri River on a canoe during a guided float trip.

MDC finds endangered prairie-chicken numbers low on spring mating grounds

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 25, 2019

Lek counts hold steady in northwest Missouri but are perilously low in west central.

A male and female prairie chicken on a spring lek.

MDC's free outdoor skills sessions at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs help families head outdoors this summer

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 23, 2019
Learn how to enjoy camping, fishing, and water sports
woman camping

MDC offers free classes in Kansas City about wren house woodworking and collecting wild edibles

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 18, 2019

Participants will build a wren house and learn about gleaning food from nature at MDC's Gorman Discovery Center

wren houses

MDC's Lost Valley Hatchery to host free Kids Fishing Day April 27 at Warsaw

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 18, 2019

Kids learn angling skills while catching fish

kids learn angling

MDC adds peregrine falcon nest box sites in Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 10, 2019

People can watch nesting falcons via streaming video online

falcon nest box

MDC announces new conservation agent for Johnson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 08, 2019
Agent Sam Whisler looks forward to serving communities
Head Shot of Conservation Agent Sam Whisler

MDC invites community conservation planners to April 10 workshop

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 05, 2019

Free workshop in Kansas City will give city and county planners information on how conservation can benefit urban landscapes

People learning about conservation in urban areas

MDC offers free native plant landscaping workshop April 20 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 01, 2019

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will also host a native plant sale

Landscaping

MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop March 27 in Independence

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 11, 2019
Private landowners can learn beneficial burning techniques for vegetation management
MDC staff person lighting a prescribed burn with a torch

MDC conservation area in Johnson County to get new target range

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 08, 2019
Range will be built at Perry Memorial Conservation Area
woman shoots rifle at shooting range

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Lucas Bond
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Conservation Headquarters
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Candice Davis
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Bill Graham
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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7901
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
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
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Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554