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MDC invites female anglers to Sept. 28 FREE fishing event at Bennett Springs

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 20, 2019
Sept. 28 trout-fishing event allows female anglers of all ages to fish for free.
woman trout fishing

Deer hunting clinic, Halloween event highlight MDC Springfield Nature Center's October schedule

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 19, 2019
Get tips on whitetails and see super heroes deliver a conservation-themed message.
two people deer hunting

MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center to hold birthday party for two-headed snake

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 17, 2019

Event will celebrate unique reptile that was found in Stone County in 2017.

A woman holds a two-headed western rat snake at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

Get native plants and learn about monarch butterflies Sept. 21 at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 16, 2019

Buy native plants and see how migrating monarchs are tagged at free event.

A monarch butterfly pollinating a flower.

Construction project doesn't get in the way of trout fishing at Roaring River

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 12, 2019
Despite renovation of MDC hatchery, it's business as usual for anglers at this popular state park.
Man Trout Fishing at Roaring River

MDC offers accessible shooting, fishing events Sept. 14 at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 09, 2019
Free events will highlight outdoor opportunities available for people with disabilities.
agent helps woman fish from wheelchair

MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center draws closer to Sept. 6 open house celebration

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 27, 2019

MDC staff and partners to speak at 10:30 a.m. at open house.

The building of Shoal Creek Education Center

MDC's Rath wins Firebird Award for quail efforts

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 19, 2019

Private Land Conservationist receives honor for work with landowners in Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties.

Rick Rath poses with his Firebird Award for quail efforts.

MDC reminds dove hunters that nontoxic shot is required at Talbot, Bois D'Arc conservation areas for dove hunting

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 12, 2019

Bois D'Arc, Talbot are two of a number of MDC areas where nontoxic shot is required.

A dove hunter sits in wait for a dove.

MDC honors Racine logger with state forestry award

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 12, 2019

Anthony Gruver named Southwest Regional Logger of the Year.

Anthony Gruver holds his MDC Southwest Regional Logger of the Year Award.

MDC invites kids to free fishing day at Roaring River State Park

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019

Young anglers age 15 and under will get to fish for free at Aug. 17 event.

A young girl casts her line at Roaring River State Park.

MDC offers free dove hunting workshop at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019

Free Aug. 24 clinic will cover variety of information about hunting this popular game bird.

A dove hunter sits in wait for a dove.

MDC invites people to learn shotgun basics on Aug. 17

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
People can learn about these popular firearms at free clinic at Andy Dalton Range.
two people at shotgun clinic

MDC offers pond fishing clinic on Aug. 24

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
Free event at Chesapeake Hatchery will offer tips and a chance to catch fish.
girl fishing in pond

Have fun with insects at MDC's Insect-O-Rama in Springfield Aug. 16

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
No registration required for free Aug. 16 event at Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
Luna Moth

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 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.

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Kristie Hilgedick
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
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