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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

MDC offers free fly tying class March 9 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 05, 2019
Class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center will teach basics of fly tying
closeup of a person's hand tying a fishing fly

MDC offers free Naturescaping Workshop March 16 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 01, 2019
Native plant sale open to all visitors will follow the workshop at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
dad and daughter looking flowers

MDC offers free spring turkey hunting classes in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 27, 2019
Participants will learn basics of how to hunt wild turkeys
two tom turkeys

MDC announces regulation change for crappie fishing at Smithville Lake

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 26, 2019
New length and possession regulation is effective March 1
two crappie on measuring board

MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic at Warsaw April 13

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2019

Registration for clinic begins on March 5

Paddlefish snagging

Rifle range portion of MDC's Lake City Shooting Range near Buckner will close March 11 for improvements

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2019

The pistol, trap, skeet, and archery ranges will remain open at Lake City during the project

Lake City Shooting Range

MDC provides more rainbow trout for winter fishing in Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 19, 2019
For anglers braving winter weather, a cold-water fishing opportunity awaits
holding a rainbow trout

MDC offers free maple sugaring workshop Feb. 23 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 13, 2019
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center staff will teach how to tap maple trees to make syrup
maple sugar in two jars

MDC offers free conservation management workshop for small acreages Feb. 13 in Independence

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 31, 2019
Experts will discuss managing habitat to benefit fish and wildlife
four wild turkeys in green field

MDC offers Urban Woodsman event Feb. 16 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 28, 2019
Free event for all ages features maple syrup, woodturning art, and outdoor lore
kids collecting maple sap

MDC reminds anglers to properly discard used fishing line

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 25, 2019
Fishing line left on the bank or in the water can entangle wildlife.
hawk tangled in used fishing line

Eagle Days at Smithville Lake drew good crowds Jan. 5-6

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 08, 2019
Raptors and warm sunshine boost attendance at annual event
People watching eagles at 2019 Eagle Days at Smithville Lake

Eagle Days returns to Smithville Lake Jan. 5-6

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 21, 2018
Free event hosted by MDC and conservation partners includes live raptors and exhibits
bald eagle flying over water looking for fish.

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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