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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.

MDC offers Women’s Handgun workshop in Houston Sept. 1

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 02, 2019
The workshop will include safety, operation and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns
agent teaching woman to shoot handgun

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center hosts Family Fish Day Aug. 24

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 01, 2019
Sit under the pines while the kids fish for the big one.
Family Fishing at Twin Pines Pond

MDC hosts FREE Back to School Fishing event at Bray CA

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 26, 2019
School supplies will also be given to school aged children who attend.
close up of stream at Bray Conservation Area

MDC hosts free women’s Archery and Crossbow Workshop at Twin Pines July 20

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 11, 2019

Women will learn bow and crossbow techniques, safety and maintenance.

A woman sitting against a tree with a bow.

MDC: 2019 Free fishing days are this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
bass caught on fishing lure

MDC seeks public input for Texas County L-A-D Foundation Lands

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 03, 2019

This includes Horseshoe Bend, Piney River Narrows, and Dripping Springs natural areas.

Texas County LAD Foundation Lands

MDC will host free fishing lessons at Twin Pines June 6 & 8

News from the region

Ozark
May 22, 2019

Parents can register children ages 7 to 15 and their family members for these basic fishing courses.

A young angler poses with a fish he caught at a Missouri pond.

MDC will host free fishing lessons at Bray CA May 30, June 1

News from the region

Ozark
May 22, 2019

Parents can register children ages 7 to 15 and their family members for these basic fishing courses.

A little girl shows off a fish she caught in her net.

MDC hosts Landowner Field Day at Gist Ranch Conservation Area May 21

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 30, 2019

Learn about woodland, glade and forest management benefits to wildlife.

A closeup shot of a pink Glade coneflower.

MDC, NWTF host Timber Stand Improvement workshop in Van Buren May 10

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 29, 2019

Learn how to identify timber management goals and meet cost-share specifications.

A woodland area that's been restored with timber stand improvement and prescribed burning.

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center announces May programs

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 23, 2019
Discover nature through Pine Needlers and Cooking Wild Edibles.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center mailbox with building behind

MDC: Twin Pines CEC reopens April 2, hosts annual Heritage Day April 13

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 19, 2019

Heritage Day features fish fry, kid’s fishing and many demonstrations.

Twin Pines

MDC offers Hunter Education skills sessions at Twin Pines March 9 and 21

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 01, 2019
Attendees must complete the knowledge portion in advance.
woman shows girl how to shoot

Twin Pines hosts birding expert Cindy Bridges at Greer Crossing April 6

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 01, 2019
Hike and learn bird identification tips along the Eleven Point River from 9 to 11 a.m.
Kentucky warbler

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Candice Davis
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Jill Pritchard
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Francis Skalicky
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