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Learn how to make a longbow at MDC virtual program on Sept. 24

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2020

Participants can also try their bow-making skills at hands-on events Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at MDC's Twin Pines Center.

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Learn the basics of shotgun shooting at Sept. 19 MDC program

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 10, 2020

Free clinic will feature opportunities to test shooting skills.

An MDC conservation educator shows a man how to shoot a shotgun

MDC offers a number of hunter education opportunities in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 04, 2020

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Agent with female hunter

MDC schedules Discover Nature fishing events in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 18, 2020

Free classes designed to introduce families to fishing.

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

MDC invites families to fish for free at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 17, 2020
No permits will be needed and food and drinks will be provided at Aug. 22 event.
man and boy bank fishing

MDC invites public to free Aug. 19 kayaking clinic

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 10, 2020

Clinic will be held at Towell Lake at Little Prairie Conservation Area near Rolla.

Orange kayak on a stream

MDC invites families to back-to-school fishing event at Bray Conservation Area

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 06, 2020

Aug. 13 event will feature catch-and-release opportunities.

A family baits their fishing pole

MDC teacher workshop to show how pollination can be used as an educational tool

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 03, 2020

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center will host Aug. 13 workshop.

Monarch butterflies feed on flower

MDC's Twin Pines Conservation Education Center set for Aug. 4 re-opening

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 31, 2020
Twin Pines will resume regular summer hours of operation.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Sign

MDC to hold several Discover Nature Fishing events in August

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 17, 2020

Free classes designed to introduce families to fishing.

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

MDC's Ozark Regional Office to re-open July 13

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 09, 2020

Some restrictions will be in place as MDC office makes gradual transition back to normalcy.

The entrance to the Ozark Regional Office

MDC promotes Reva Dow as manager of Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Ozark
May 26, 2020

Dow began volunteering at the center since it opened, later transitioned to naturalist.

Reva Dow stands next to the entrance sign to Twin Pines Conservation Center

Twin Pines to host hunter education skills session March 31

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 10, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM/EVENT TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
two turkey hunters walking in woods

MDC invites people to enjoy a hike March 14 while learning about Ozark habitats

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 28, 2020
Free hike will cover section of Ozark trail between Peck Ranch and Klepzig Mill.
Man hiking a wooded trail.

MDC to host fly fishing workshops this February in Phelps County

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 13, 2020

Register to attend these FREE Discover Nature – Fishing courses for ages 16+.

MDC staff help participants tie lures as part of a fly fishing workshop.

MDC Twin Pines Conservation Education Center to host Eagle Days Jan. 9

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 03, 2020

Guests can get an up-close look at a bald eagle and golden eagle.

Two bald eagles in a nest.

MDC workshops teach prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 02, 2020

Landowners should pre-register for their desired workshop date and location.

Staff initiating prescribed fire.

MDC names Sarah Medlock as new regional administrator in Ozark Region

News from the region

Ozark
Dec 13, 2019
Medlock will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Sarah Medlock

MDC Fuels for Schools program warms classrooms in Summersville and Houston

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 19, 2019
Ribbons cut on conservation-friendly heating systems at Texas County schools.
Summersville Fuels-for-Schools Ribbon Cutting

MDC hosts FREE hiking and backpacking basics program at Gist Ranch Dec. 14

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 08, 2019
Gist Ranch features woodlands, springs and glades, producing quality deer, turkey and quail habitat.
Woods at Gist Ranch

Get your Twin Pines nature fix before seasonal hours transition Dec. 1.

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 05, 2019

Register now for Nature’s Ornaments or stop by to visit the exhibits before the winter closure.

The mailbox of Twin Pines Nature Center.

Celebrate Owl-o-ween at Twin Pines Oct. 25

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 03, 2019
See barred, great horned and screech owls from Dickerson Park Zoo.
owl closeup

MDC offers FREE Birding Teacher Workshop Oct. 7 in West Plains

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 24, 2019

Teachers will learn the Discover Nature Schools Nature Unleashed (Grades 3-5) curriculum.

An indigo bunting perches on a branch.

MDC offers FREE Beginner Fur Trapping Workshop Oct. 19 at Twin Pines

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants will learn how to set traps, regulations, ethics and trap preparation.

A man holds a conibear trap for fur trapping.

MDC offers Women’s Handgun workshop in Houston Oct. 6

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the program.

A conservation agent supervises a group of women during a handgun workshop.

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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
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Josh Hartwig
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Jill Pritchard
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Conservation Headquarters
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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
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