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MDC holds pond management workshops for landowners in St. Charles and Lincoln counties in February and March

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 14, 2019
MDC is working with landowners at these free workshops to help them get the most out of ponds on their property.
large pond

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers March 14 at Central Elementary School in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 13, 2019
Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.
teacher learning archery skills by shooting compound bow

Powder Valley Nature Center holds St. Louis fishing hotspots program Feb. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 13, 2019
The 50th anniversary of urban fishing continues with this free program revealing choice area fishing holes.
three women bank fishing

MDC closes both staffed shooting ranges in the St. Louis region Sunday, Feb. 10 due to hazardous weather

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2019
The Jay Henges and August A. Busch Shooting Ranges will both close due to icy conditions.
man shooting pistol at range

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers Feb. 20 at University City High School

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2019
Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.
Teacher learns archery skills

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area invites children to Kids Discovery Day Feb. 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 04, 2019
Children of all ages can visit any time during the event to enjoy free engaging and educational activities.
Child with adult at Kids Discovery Day

MDC offers women and youth pheasant hunting clinic Feb. 11, followed by guided hunts

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 04, 2019
Women and youths looking to get a supportive start in the sport of hunting have an ideal opportunity.
Two women and black lab upland bird hunting

MDC to hold mentored hunt April 29-30 at Forest 44 for first-time turkey hunters

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 01, 2019
Get started in the thrilling sport of turkey hunting with the guidance of an MDC expert.
two turkey hunters in camo sitting against tree

Powder Valley Nature Center announces winners of its 2018 photo contest

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 28, 2019
Winning photographers will have their photos displayed at the nature center throughout the month of February.
Kate Sprague’s photo of a whitetail buck

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival delays start Saturday due to weather

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 18, 2019
The event will start at noon due to a winter advisory Friday night into Saturday morning.
bald eagle up close

MDC Celebrates 50th anniversary of Urban Fishing Program in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2019
Close-to-home fishing program has brought five decades of opportunity to metro anglers.
Images of Urban Fishing Program

MDC closes interior roads within Busch Conservation Area due to icy conditions

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2019
The MDC St. Louis Regional Office located near the entrance of the area will remain open.
Busch Road Closure Sign

MDC will hold free Advanced Archery Instructor training for teachers Jan. 29 at Ridgewood Middle School

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 10, 2019
MoNASP-certified instructors will take their skills to the next level with this tournament prep class.
Student archers in row shooting at NASP tournament

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival, Featuring Maple Sugar, Saturday, Feb. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
The popular annual Maple Sugar Festival is expanding to embrace many more aspects of winter.
People at Maple Sugar Festival

Preschoolers can learn how animals survive winter at free program at Columbia Bottom Jan. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
Indoor and outdoor explorations will give children age 2-5 hands on learning experiences.
doe in winter woods

New August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance hosts over 44,000 visitors during its first year

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2018
The state-of the-art shooting facility enjoyed tremendous success since reopening in October 2017.
Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 17, 2018

Residents can put their used natural Christmas trees to good use after the holidays at locations in St. Louis, St. Charles and Lincoln Counties.

Recycling Christmas trees can help the environment and anglers

MDC now stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes, including lunkers up to 10lbs

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 14, 2018
Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter.
trout stocking from truck

MDC and partners host Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 19-20

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 10, 2018

Visitors can discover our national bird in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.

Bald Eagle

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong speaking at Powder Valley Nature Center this Friday evening

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 29, 2018
Reservations still available to see MDC’s award-winning photographer as he shares images of pollinators and photography how-to tips.
MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong with camera

MDC offers two programs for preschoolers in December at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 21, 2018
Babes in the Woods: Hibernation and Teddy Talk programs aim to introduce young children to different aspects or nature.
four preschoolers and a teacher examine a black-bear pelt

MDC offering extreme orienteering class at Weldon Spring Conservation Area Dec. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 20, 2018

Learn advanced off-trail navigation techniques on one of the St. Louis region’s most popular and rugged conservation areas.

Orienteering class map.

Hunters can feed St. Louis families in need through Share the Harvest Program

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 08, 2018
Share the Harvest enables hunters to give back to their communities and utilize Missouri’s wildlife resources for those in need.
packages of Share the Harvest ground venison

MDC invites volunteers to help remove invasive bush honeysuckle from O’Fallon Park this Saturday

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 24, 2018

Join the O’Fallon Park Honey Suckle Sweep and help beautify one of St. Louis historic parks.

Lady helping remove bush honeysuckle

Powder Valley Nature Center to close Nov. 3-5 for managed deer hunt

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 23, 2018

Managed hunt is being used as a tool to help keep deer numbers at a healthy level.

Whitetail deer.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
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Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
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Bill Graham
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7901
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
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