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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

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

Reallocated Upper Mississippi waterfowl blind sites available; drawing open Sept. 8-15

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2019

An online reallocation drawing will be held to assign three relinquished blind sites.

Two hunters with their bird dogs in a waterfowl blind.

MDC re-opens Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to limited access

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2019

After extensive flooding MDC work crews have enabled public access on a primarily walk-in basis.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

MDC hosts women’s free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park Sept. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 28, 2019

Women are treated to a free day of fishing at the trout park, which features Missouri’s fifth largest spring.

A woman trout fishing at Maramec Spring Park

MDC and Recreation Council of St. Louis hold bike, wheelchair, and scooter “Roll and Stroll” event Aug. 24 on the Busch Greenway in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 16, 2019

This unique way of discovering nature is open to wheelers and walkers of all level of mobilities and abilities.

A man in an outdoor wheelchair hiking through the forest.

Seats still available for beginning duck hunting class at Busch Shooting Range Aug. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 16, 2019

Learn the basics of this fast-paced sport from experienced instructors at a free class.

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

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher workshop Sept. 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2019

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

A young student shows off an insect that landed on her hand.

Powder Valley Nature Center reveals results of ongoing snake study at a special program Aug. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 12, 2019

The nature center is one of the key study sites of this innovative research into the lives of copperheads and other snakes.

A copperhead snake on the pavement.

MDC invites the public to explore reptiles at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area Aug. 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Join MDC naturalists for a hike in a real marsh to find turtles and snakes this Saturday.

An MDC naturalist teaches visitors about a snake.

MDC announces new partnership with Tower Grove Park to expand nature programming to St. Louis City residents

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Residents in the City of St. Louis have a new resource to help them learn about and experience nature.

A group of birders use binoculars to search for warblers at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City.

Learn how to bow hunt for deer at Busch Shooting Range Aug. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

This free introductory class will give new hunters all the information they need to get started.

A bowhunter releases his arrow in the woods.

Flooding prevents sunflower plantings at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 02, 2019
The area will remain closed to public access until flood waters fully recede and clean up and repairs can be completed.
Flooding at Columbia Bottom CA

MDC offers two pond exploration classes for kids Aug. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation and Aug. 8 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 02, 2019

Children age 7-12 will enjoy finding the fascinating creatures waiting to be discovered in ponds.

MDC staff assist children with finding aquatic creatures at Rockwoods Reservation.

Busch Shooting Range offers effective wingshooting class Aug. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 30, 2019
This free class will help hunters make the best use of non-toxic ammunition for hunting waterfowl and upland birds.
two women duck hunting with one holding a male mallard

St. Louis area hunters have until July 31 to apply for local managed deer hunts

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 26, 2019
Hunters still have a limited time to put in for managed hunts, which include Henges and Busch Shooting Ranges and Shaw Nature Reserve.
deer hunter shooting from blind

Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, August 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 18, 2019

Meet this dynamic long-distance hiking athlete, author and speaker at a free program.

Long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis poses along the Appalachian Trail.

MDC and Quail Forever invite landowners on quail walking tour near Gerald Aug. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 16, 2019

Learn how to improve habitat for upland wildlife by viewing on the ground examples.

A quail in a field.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher training workshop July 23 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 15, 2019

Teachers should register as soon as possible to attend the free workshops to learn about this middle school unit.

A class of students learn about nature.

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