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New electronic entrance gate at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to become active Dec. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 11, 2019

The new automated gate system will be open during the area’s normal hours of operation and enhance security when closed.

The sun sets on the horizon at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

MDC names Julianne Stone as new regional administrator in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 11, 2019

Stone will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.

Julianne Stone

Explore nature’s nightlife with free evening programs at Busch Conservation Area Dec. 13 and 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 09, 2019
A Friday night owl prowl and night hike Saturday will reveal some of nature’s after-dark secrets.
owl closeup

Visitor Center at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to close as public contact office Jan. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 04, 2019
The conservation area itself will remain open year-round for outdoor use.
Visitor Center at Columbia Bottom

MDC invites nature artists to wood painting class at Busch Conservation Area Nov. 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 12, 2019

Explore the creative side of conservation at this free class, with all materials provided.

A watercolor painting of an antlered whitetail deer.

Powder Valley Nature Center announces last call for entries in its 2019 photo contest

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 05, 2019

Nature photographers will have until Dec. 1 to enter images taken at the nature center and nearby MDC areas

A whitetail buck in the woods

MDC celebrates 50 years of urban fishing by stocking 10lb rainbow trout in select St. Louis lakes

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 04, 2019

Great trout fishing opportunities just got bigger this winter for St. Louis area residents.

MDC staff look on as they release rainbow trout into a lake.

MDC naturalists lead 14.5-mile challenge hike on Green Rock Trail Oct. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 21, 2019

If you’re up for the adventure, the chance to hike this linear trail will include return transportation.

A man and woman test their skills while hiking the Green Rock Trail.

Explore fall colors on Rockwoods Reservation's Lime Kiln Trail Oct. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 11, 2019
Join MDC naturalists on a hike to discover the amazing autumn colors on one of Rockwoods Reservation’s most popular trails.
sugar maples showing fall color

MDC approves contract for Henges Shooting Range bullet trap replacement

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 11, 2019
The old bullet trap will be removed and replaced with a new one, and several baffles will be replaced.
Henges Shooting Range

MDC holds youth duck hunting clinic Oct. 15, followed by two hunts at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 10, 2019

This free clinic with two hunt options offers the perfect way to give first-timers a start in duck hunting.

A brother and sister with their dog on a duck hunting trip.

MDC invites public to explore Busch Conservation Area during fall hayride event Oct. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2019

Experience this 7,000-acre wildlife area with an autumn tradition—and see parts of the area less-travelled.

Participants take a fall hayride through Busch Conservation Area.

Wolf spiders revealed at special program Oct. 18 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 01, 2019

Visitors will discover the secret world of these arachnid hunters, with a chance for close encounters during this night presentation.

Wolf spider on a leaf.

Busch Shooting Range invites deer hunters to Field to Freezer class Oct. 7

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 27, 2019

Hunters can learn safe handling, field dressing, and venison processing at this free class.

Bowhunter in full camo in a tree stand.

Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian for special presentation Oct. 4

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 27, 2019

State Wildlife Vet Dr. Sherri Russell will offer a glimpse at her job working with Missouri’s key wildlife species.

Sherri Russell speaks with MDC staff.

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds field to fork venison class series week of Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 26, 2019

This sequence of three classes Monday-Wednesday will guide deer hunters from the harvest to the meal.

A venison dish with vegetables on a dinner table.

MDC and East Central College offer class on cooking with venison Oct. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 18, 2019

Chef Mike of East Central College will reveal unique and delicious ways to prepare deer meat.

A Chinese-style dish prepared with venison.

MDC invites you to the iNaturalist Family Festival at Powder Valley Nature Center Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019
Learn how a powerful, free mobile app can put a world of nature knowledge in the palm of your hand.
iNaturalist App on phone

Teachers invited to attend MDC’s free basic archery instructor training at Kirkwood Community Center Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

A group of students prepare to release their arrows during an archery class.

Discover and sample nature’s edibles at Powder Valley Nature Center’s Harvest Wild event Sept. 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 12, 2019
A limited number of openings are available for this free field-to-fork event.
cooked wild duck kabobs

MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked workshop Sept. 27 at Shaw Nature Reserve

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.
boy looking at tadpole

CANCELLED: WildHeart to perform in concert at Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
The kids’ nature song spinner Jan Syrigos of WildHeart returns for an upbeat, family-friendly performance.
Jan Syrigos of WildHeart shows a puppet to a boy

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 09, 2019
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
Participants of 2018 Hawk Point Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC to hold Family Basic Shotgun Class Sept. 10 at Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 04, 2019

This free, introductory course is open for ages 11 an up and includes hands-on shooting practice.

An MDC staff member teaches a teenager how to shoot a shotgun.

Public invited to share ideas about future management of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 03, 2019

Those interested in having input on the area’s 25-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of September.

A map of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

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