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Join MDC for guided bird hike on Current River on April 24

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 12, 2021

Now is a good time to see a variety of resident and migrant species in spring courtship colors.

Prothonotary warbler with worms

MDC Twin Pines CEC to celebrate April 1 reopening with annual Heritage Day on April 17

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 18, 2021
Activities will include a birding hike, demonstrations, paddle making, basket making, and trapping.
Twin Pines Sign

Reduce the stresses of everyday life with free MDC hiking, backpacking program March 27

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 11, 2021

At the end of the hike, there will be an opportunity to discuss, handle, and demonstrate various backpacking supplies.

Backpacker hiking

MDC offers hunter education opportunities in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 18, 2021

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Hunter ed skills test

Learn how to make baskets from native wood at MDC online program

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 18, 2021
Free virtual program on Feb. 22 will offer tips on basket-weaving.
strips of wood for baskets

MDC to hold virtual workshops on prescribed burning

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 04, 2021
Free online clinics on Feb. 15, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 will focus on how fire can be used as a land management tool.
prescribed fire

MDC offers hunter education opportunities in near future

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 19, 2021

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

Hunter education firearms training

Get creative this Dec. with MDC’s free wreath-making sessions

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 30, 2020

Each participant will receive a 12” wreath and additional materials to fashion a one-of-a-kind holiday masterpiece.

Holiday nature wreath

MDC providing CWD sample collection sites to Pulaski County hunters

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 12, 2020

Staffed sample collection sites will be available this weekend and deer head drop-off freezers will be available after this weekend.

CWD deer head drop-off freezer

MDC reminds hunters of baiting guidelines during deer, turkey season

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

MDC hopes to see hunters at CWD sample collection sites this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 10, 2020
Sampling is voluntary in CWD management zone counties, but these counties will have staffed sample collection sites for hunters who want to have their deer tested.
extracting lymph nodes from deer neck

MDC finds first case of CWD in Pulaski County

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 28, 2020
MDC is offering statewide voluntary CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer during the entire deer season at locations throughout the state.
MDC color logo

Kayaking is a great way to enjoy MDC fishing and nature-viewing opportunities in the fall

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 15, 2020

Colorful leaves, clear water, and nature viewing makes autumn a great time to paddle.

Kayaking on a river

MDC invites women to free Oct. 24 handgun basics course

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 14, 2020
Sign up to learn proper handgun safety techniques and for shooting opportunities.
agent teaches handgun safety techniques to two women

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.

MDC logo

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

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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
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(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