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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

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.

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