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New handgun shooters—Join MDC for virtual Beginning Handgun class April 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 08, 2021

This free online course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

Woman aims handgun

Henges and Busch Shooting Ranges now offering 5-stand shooting

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 07, 2021
Shotgun shooters and gamebird hunters will have a chance to hone their skills at both ranges.
5-stand shotgun shooting

Discover who’s passing through at MDC’s Virtual Spring Warbler ID program April 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 01, 2021
Participants will learn to identify neotropical birds migrating through Missouri this spring.
prothonotary warbler

August A. Busch and Jay Henges Shooting Ranges begin summer hours April 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 31, 2021

New seasonal schedule includes evening shooting hours during the week at both ranges.

Woman target shooting

Learn the basics of safe hunting with free MDC online program April 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 26, 2021

This free virtual class will introduce new hunters to important safety aspects of firearms and hunting.

Turkey hunter with son

Turkeys will come when you learn to call at MDC virtual wild turkey calling program April 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 26, 2021

Discover they key to turkey communication during this free online class.

Turkey box call

Jefferson County Conservation Agent Ben Bardot looks forward to spring in the outdoors

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 25, 2021

Agent Bardot joins Corporal Lexis Riter as the county’s new conservation agent.

Ben Bardot

Learn to turkey hunt with free MDC virtual program March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 18, 2021

This free online class is a perfect way to help give beginning turkey hunters a kickstart.

Turkey hunter with youth

Learn all about collecting, harvesting, and processing shagbark at MDC virtual program March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 11, 2021

Discover how both people and wildlife can benefit from this common Missouri tree, and how you can make use of its gifts.

Shagbark hickory tree

Busch Rifle/Pistol Range to perform annual cleaning March 10-11

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 05, 2021
The range will remain open, but some shooting lanes may temporarily close to enable cleaning contractors to work
man shooting rifle at Busch Shooting Range

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood is now open; trail hours will extend to 8 p.m. March 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 03, 2021

Building admittance is currently limited to the front desk, trails and grounds remain fully accessible to the public with trail hours extending until 8 p.m. starting March 14.

Powder Valley Nature Center entrance sign

MDC welcomes author Aubrey Betz for two virtual readings of new kid’s nature book in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 03, 2021
Emerging children’s author will read from her new book, Alex and the Butterflies, March 10 and 13.
Aubrey Betz

Get ready for spring bird migration season with MDC’s Tips and Tricks for Shorebird ID virtual program March 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2021

Learn how to identify the vast array of shorebirds with this free online program.

Lesser yellow legs

MDC and partners host free virtual native landscaping workshop series starting March 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 25, 2021

Homeowners can discover the advantages and essentials of native landscaping in this series of free online sessions that run through May 4.

Woman and native coneflower

Franklin County and MDC reach agreement to resurface St. Mary’s Road

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 24, 2021
The chip and seal resurfacing project will enable the public to continue using Chouteau Claim River Access.
Chouteau Claim River Access Map

MDC holds virtual Beginning Handgun class March 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 19, 2021

This free online course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

Woman aims handgun

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range holds two Beginning Handgun Live Fire sessions for women March 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 19, 2021

This follow up to the March 15 Beginning Handgun class will give women the chance to practice at the range with firearms and ammo provided.

Women with target

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center launches new monthly Creature Feature virtual series starting Feb. 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2021

Kids will discover a new native Missouri animal each month with these interactive online programs.

Spotted salamander

Busch and Henges Shooting Ranges to temporarily close Feb. 14 due to extreme cold

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2021
Both staffed shooting ranges are expected to reopen Wed., Feb. 17.
MDC color logo

MDC investigating bald eagle shooting near Belgrade in Washington County

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 10, 2021

Anyone with information about the incident, which occurred between Feb. 3-4, should call 1-800-392-1111.

MDC Agent Jaymes Hall holds a wounded bald eagle after it was shot near Belgrade.

MDC invites teachers to hybrid Discover Nature Schools Nature Unbound workshop Feb. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 10, 2021
Educators will learn about this free curriculum which provides grant funding for high school life science units in two-part workshop.
Teacher at Discover Nature Schools outdoor teacher workshop

MDC reminds pet owners about the possibility of coyote encounters this time of year

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 09, 2021
Coyotes start breeding in February and are more active, increasing potential for encounters with pets.
coyote in snow

Learn to use your trail camera effectively at MDC virtual program Feb. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 05, 2021
Discover how to make the best use of this effective technology at a free online class.
man setting up trail camera

St. Louis area union craftsmen present MDC with unique gift

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2021
Apprentices from the Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Workers' Union Local 18 of Missouri created and delivered a mosaic tile MDC logo in a wooden frame.
hand-made mosaic tile MDC logo with people

MDC reminds anglers catch and keep trout starts Feb. 1 in St. Louis area lakes

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 28, 2021

Anglers can make use of this great food source as long as the rainbows last in urban fishing lakes.

A trout angler shows off his catch

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