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Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closes to fishing April 1 for renovation project

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 30, 2020

The project is tentatively expected to be completed and public fishing at Jefferson Lake to reopen June of 2021.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

MDC joins unique St. Louis area partnership to help hunters feed those in need

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 18, 2020

Missouri hunters donated over 300 deer last year through Share the Harvest program to provide food for the hungry.

Operation Food Search Food Donations Manager Jack Baran with Conservation Agent Captain Scott Corley

MDC holds pond management workshop for landowners in Warrenton March 25

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 09, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM/EVENT TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A pond at sunset

MDC holds pond management workshop for landowners April 1 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 02, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A pond on private property

Jay Henges Shooting Range welcomes champion caller Keith Wahlig for Beginning Turkey Hunting seminar March 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 27, 2020
Novice and advanced turkey hunters both can learn tips and tricks to get the most out of spring turkey season.
man and boy walking in woods with turkey decoy

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop in Warrenton March 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2020

Landowners can learn how using prescribed fire can improve their land at a free workshop.

A prescribed burn

Powder Valley Nature Center announces winners of its nature photo contest

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 25, 2020

The winning photographs were selected in eight categories from 100 entries.

A photo of a Carolina wren sitting on a log.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 07, 2020

Due to popular demand, MDC’s photographer has scheduled a second presentation to share his award-winning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

Noppadol Paothong stops to smile for the camera out in nature.

MDC offering waterfowl workshops in St. Louis region this March to give input on upcoming seasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2020
MDC workshops in Elsberry and St. Charles will solicit hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons.
waterfowl hunter in blind

Powder Valley Nature Center presents “For the Love of Bees” program Saturday, Feb. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
The free family event will enable visitors to see and taste the work of our native pollinating heroes.
honeybee on flower

MDC offering three prescribed burn workshops during March in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
Participants will learn how to harness this effective land management tool at these free workshops being held in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.
MDC Staff Person Conducting a Prescribed Burn

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds antler scoring event Feb. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 22, 2020

Hunters can have racks gathered through harvest or shed collecting officially certified.

An MDC employee inspects an antler for scoring.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong program this Friday at Powder Valley Nature Center rescheduled for Feb. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2020
Program rescheduled for February due to potentially dangerous driving conditions and weather on Friday.
Noppadol Paothong

Powder Valley Nature Center presents an Evening with Raptors program Jan. 31

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 09, 2020
St. Louis Sprout and About will join MDC to help visitors discover an ancient hunting partnership between humans and birds.
man holding a falcon on glove

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong speaking at Powder Valley Nature Center Jan. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2020

Reservations are now open to see MDC’s award-winning photographer as he shares stunning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong poses with his camera in nature.

MDC hosts family intro to firearms class at Busch Shooting Range Jan. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 03, 2020

The free program will be an opportunity for all ages to learn the basics of a wide variety of firearms.

Types of firearms.

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival Saturday, Feb. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 02, 2020

Formerly known as the Maple Sugar Festival, this free family event has now expanded to embrace many more aspects of winter.

Visitors gather for Rockwoods Reservation's Winter in the Woods Festival.

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 20, 2019

Residents can drop off used natural Christmas trees after the holidays at Busch Lake 35 until Jan. 12.

An MDC Fisheries biologist throws a used Christmas tree into a body of water to provide cover and habitat for fish.

Welcome 2020 with an Owl Prowl at Rockwoods Reservation Jan. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2019
This free, MDC-lead evening excursion will help visitors learn about and experience these night raptors first-hand.
eastern screech owl

MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unbound workshop Jan. 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2019

Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for high school life science units.

High school students participate in an outdoors class through MDC's Discover Nature Schools program.

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge returns Jan. 18-19

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 16, 2019
Visitors can discover our national bird both in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.
bald eagle up close

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

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