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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.

Powder Valley Nature Center uncovers nature’s superheroes and villains at free family event Oct. 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2018

Adults can also become superheroes at the afternoon blood drive and visitors of all ages can explore creatures of the night in the evening.

A person dressed up as a bat.

MDC offers Nature 2.0 program Oct. 10 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 05, 2018

This free program will enable you to discover nature through technology using the iNaturalist App.

Iphone app of iNaturalist

MDC invites public comments on future management of Meramec Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 01, 2018
Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of October.
View from bluff overlooking Meramec River at Meramec Conservation Area in winter

Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol Range to remain closed as MDC seeks resolution to bullet trap issues

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 11, 2018
MDC’s priority is to seek a safe and lasting solution as soon as possible.
Jay Henges Rifle Pistol Range

MDC co-hosts annual youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2018
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
group photo of 2017 Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC holds Archery Basics for Families class at Busch Shooting Range Sept. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 07, 2018
Bring the whole family for this free class that will teach the basics of a lifetime sport.
a woman takes a picture of a girl with an archery target and bulls-eye arrow

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher training workshops in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 06, 2018

Register today to attend free workshops in October.

Kids learning about nature.

MDC holds wingshooting classes in September at Busch and Henges Shooting Ranges

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 31, 2018
Identical classes at each range give hunters two opportunities to improve their upland bird and waterfowl hunting skills.
two female duck hunters in woods with harvested ducks in hand

MDC welcomes mushroom expert Taylor Lockwood to Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 31, 2018
Lockwood has travelled the U.S., and the world over, photographing beautiful and exotic mushrooms.
Taylor Lockwood headshot

MDC co-hosts Monarch Madness Sept. 15 in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2018
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences at this pollinator festival, such as monarch butterfly tagging.
monarch butterfly on thistle flower

MDC offers adult basic archery class at East Central College in Union Sept. 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2018
It’s never too late in life to learn the lifetime sport of archery.
woman shooting compound bow at target

MDC hosts women’s free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park Sept. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2018
Women are treated to a free day of fishing at the trout park, which features Missouri’s fifth largest spring.
woman trout fishing

MDC and Shaw Nature Reserve bring pioneer times to life at Prairie Day Sept. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 27, 2018
Discover nature on a 250-acre prairie, complete with a tepee and sod house, during a full day of family fun and entertainment.
sign posted of Prairie Day offerings

WOW St. Louis outdoor skills day and overnight campout helps families discover the outdoors

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 15, 2018

MDC joins host of partners to offer an affordable way to learn outdoor skills in Forest Park and an overnight campout at Robertsville State Park.

Kid kayaking

Jay Henges Shooting Range to host open-house 5-stand event Aug. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 14, 2018

This free event will be the perfect introduction to shotgun shooting sports for newcomers.

Shooting at a shooting range.

MDC and partners invite public to free screening of Hometown Habitat film Aug. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 14, 2018

The documentary featuring stories of bringing nature home will be shown at St. Charles Community College.

Beautiful flowers.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center hosts CWD Symposium Aug. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2018

Learn all about the deadly deer disease and its status in Missouri from the experts.

White tail buck

MDC hosts Family Day with special free activities at Rockwoods Reservation Aug. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 27, 2018

The entire family is invited for a hike, stream exploration, and live critter connections.

Family discovering nature.

Call for auditions Aug. 11 for Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center’s Nature’s Got Talent Variety Show in September

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 26, 2018

Talented nature lovers can share their creativity with the public during outdoor-themed performances.

Lady playing a guitar.

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Lucas Bond
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Conservation Headquarters
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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
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Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
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