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Discover the surprising world of lichens and mosses

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 09, 2020

MDC says finding them on trees and stone makes a good scavenger hunt

Lichen on tree bark

MDC reminds conservation area visitors to use physical distancing

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 02, 2020

Enjoy the outdoors but don't forget to use safety precautions

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MDC cancels June 20 youth outdoor day camp at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 30, 2020
Camp cancelled as a precaution due to coronavirus
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Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs will be closed April 4-5 until 1 p.m. on both days

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 26, 2020

Nature Center is closed and conservation area will be closed for youth turkey hunt

The entrance sign to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

MDC offers free fishing skills and tackle maintenance lessons in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 11, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THESE PROGRAMS THROUGH APRIL 15 TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

MDC staff teach a family how to use a fishing pole.

MDC offers free backpacking training and trip at Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 04, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM/EVENT TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
man setting up campsite

MDC connects newcomers with wild turkey hunting classes in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 04, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THESE PROGRAMS/EVENTS TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
tom turkey displaying

MDC offers free Naturescaping workshop on March 14 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 03, 2020

Native plant sale open to all visitors will follow the workshop

Spiderwort flowers

MDC honors DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures for outstanding partnership

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 27, 2020

Non-profit hosts many conservation programs for youths and adults

MDC staff presents Duckhorn Outdoors Adventures with the Outreach and Education Partnership Award.

MDC Urban Woodsman event held on Feb. 22 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2020

Visitors tasted homemade maple syrup, learned woodcraft and outdoor lore

Walnut and sugar maple syrup jars

MDC to host free youth turkey hunting clinic March 28 at Warrensburg

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2020

Participants will learn about shooting, fishing, and other outdoor skills

Two male turkeys in a wooded area.

MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic April 11 at Warsaw

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 24, 2020
Learn about paddlefish conservation and snagging techniques
man and boy on boat with two paddlefish

MDC says registration is open for landowners seeking free and discounted permits

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 24, 2020
Register online or contact MDC offices for applications for landowner deer and turkey hunting permits
two tom turkeys in woods

MDC says Audubon Conservation Ranching program helps imperiled grassland birds

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 11, 2020
Consumers can buy beef grown in pastures certified as friendly to grassland birds
cattle in field

MDC offers Urban Woodsman event Feb. 22 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 10, 2020
Free event for all ages features maple syrup, ax handling tips, and outdoor lore
cut firewood

MDC taking reservations for free youth outdoor day camp at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 03, 2020

Participants will learn fishing, shooting, and other outdoor skills

An MDC staff member teaches a teenager to fish.

MDC helps Long Shoal Marina improve pump station at Truman Lake

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 29, 2020

Funds from federal program designed to keep healthy waters clean

Laura Ruman presents Mike Eckers with a cost-share grant check for upgrades to a pump station at Long Shoal Marina.

MDC to host free birding workshops and activities in February at Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 28, 2020

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center staff will teach about owls, bird banding, and bluebirds

A barred owl perches on a post.

Catch-and-keep trout fishing begins Feb. 1 in Sedalia and St. Joseph

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 27, 2020

MDC stocks trout for winter fishing opportunities for anglers

A man holds a rainbow trout.

MDC to host waterfowl season workshops in the Kansas City region

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 23, 2020
Hunters can provide input on future seasons Jan. 28 in Harrisonville and Jan. 29 in Excelsior Springs
duck hunter setting decoys on ice

MDC and partners offer free native warm season grass workshop Jan. 23 in Sedalia

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 14, 2020
Learn about managing native grasses for wildlife habitat and cattle forage
field of grass and flowers

MDC will help host 25th annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake Jan. 4-5

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 23, 2019

Program includes indoor nature displays and outdoor wild eagle viewing

A bald eagle flying.

MDC offers free cabin fever relief activities in Kansas City during holidays

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 20, 2019

Families welcome at indoor and outdoor nature programs

A family views wildlife at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.

MDC announces new conservation agent assigned to Clay County

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 18, 2019
Alex Walker will help protect forests, fish, and wildlife in Kansas City metro area
Alex Walker

MDC announces Rachel Webster is new conservation agent in Jackson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 17, 2019

Webster will help people enjoy the county's forests, fish, and wildlife

Rachel Webster

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MDC Media Staff

Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
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Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
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(573) 815-7900
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