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MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center invites public to Sept. 6 open house celebration

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 18, 2019
Refurbished, renamed educational facility has special focus on natural features of Joplin area.
Exterior of Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

MDC invites public to attend grazing workshop in Everton

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 15, 2019
July 30 event has registration deadline of July 24.
cows grazing in tall grass

MDC invites public to Hokey Pokey with Smokey at Fair

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 02, 2019

MDC will celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th birthday with dancing at Ozark Empire Fair.

A sign of Smokey the Bear urging the public to prevent forest fires.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center will be open July 5

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 01, 2019
Dalton Range, Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, Shoal Creek Center will be closed.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

MDC presents check to Table Rock marina for clean-up help

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 28, 2019
The Harbor Marina receives $61,000 through USFWS' Clean Vessel Act grant program.
Check presentation from MDC staff to two people at Harbor Marina in Branson

MDC offers grant opportunities to local communities

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Grants provide funding options for groups to help habitats and their organizations.
Habitat Restoration along Sunset Street in Springfield

Bear open house, canoe programs, among events scheduled for Springfield Nature Center in July

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Upcoming events feature July 9 open house on how black bears are faring in the state.
black bear profile image

MDC to hold crossbow clinic June 22 at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 18, 2019

Free program will include classroom and target range sessions.

A hunter loads his crossbow in the woods.

MDC invites families to learn about fishing fundamentals

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

June 22 program at Walter Woods Conservation Area will focus on basics.

A family poses with a fish they caught on a fishing trip.

MDC plans stream fishing clinic for women on July 11

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

Program includes stream fishing opportunity on the James River.

A view from a canoe paddling on a stream.

MDC tree pest clinic is June 25 at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 17, 2019

People can get tree disease information and diagnoses at free event.

Tree leaves infected by jumping oak gall.

Public input sought for Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 03, 2019

Citizens can comment on MDC public use area's management plan throughout June.

The entrance sign to Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

MDC invites anglers to Shepherd of Hills Family Fishing Fair on Saturday

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 03, 2019
June 8 event at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery aimed for anglers age 15 and under.
boy with fishing pole

MDC's Springfield Nature Center has a number of hiking events in June

News from the region

Southwest
May 31, 2019

Trail-trekking opportunities are a highlight of nature center's June schedule.

A woman with her baby go on a hike.

Carthage archery instructor wins national award

News from the region

Southwest
May 29, 2019

Patrick receives 2019 NASP Coach of the Year Award.

Caleb Patrick

Shepherd of Hills Conservation Center has new manager

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2019

Illinois native brings resource interpretive experience to new job with MDC.

Alison Bleich poses outside of Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

MDC invites public to native plant sale May 25 in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2019

Event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.

A family browses the plants during a native plant sale.

MDC foresters start work at new sites in southwest Missouri

News from the region

Southwest
May 10, 2019

Good begins forestry duties at MDC's Lebanon office, Hollabaugh to work out of Bolivar office.

Conservation Agent Guerric Good

Springfield Nature Center event recalls famed conservationist

News from the region

Southwest
May 09, 2019
May 17 MDC program honors Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ding Darling.
The Missouri Department of Conservation's Springfield Conservationist will remember famed conservationist Ding Darling with a special program on May 17. Actor Tom Milligan (left) will portray the famed cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling (right).

MDC invites kids to Roaring River's free fishing day

News from the region

Southwest
May 06, 2019

May 18 event will also feature education stations and free lunch.

A young boy casts his line at a Missouri fishing spot.

High water closes parts of Springfield Nature Center trails

News from the region

Southwest
May 02, 2019
Tuesday's rains causes flooding over portions of walking trails.
Flooded Portion of Long Trail at Springfield Nature Center

Conservation agent wins Pope and Young award

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 30, 2019

MDC's Andy Barnes is national organization's Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Lawrence County conservation agent Andy Barnes

MDC invites public to learn about warblers May 2 and 4 in Springfield

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 23, 2019
Free program at Springfield Nature Center will have indoor and outdoor segments.
prothonotary warbler

MDC invites kids to free fishing day May 4 at Montauk

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 19, 2019
Anglers ages 15 and under can fish for trout for free and get free prizes.
boy with fishing rod

MDC, other agencies partner in quail management effort

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 19, 2019
Farm Bill biologists will assist landowners with habitat improvement projects.
 a quail closeup

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
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
636-441-4554