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MDC sites in St. Louis area join worldwide City Nature Challenge April 26-29 as host sites

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 18, 2019
MDC invites everyone to conservation areas in the St. Louis region to take part in this global citizen science data collecting effort.
Person holding phone showing iNaturalist App

MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp July 8 at Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 18, 2019

Girls, ages 11-15, should apply by May 15 for this chance to learn outdoor skills and safety in a fun, immersive environment.

Discover Nature Girls Camp

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes a visit with conservation legend Ding Darling May 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 17, 2019

Actor Tom Milligan gives a first-person performance of modern conservation movement pioneer, Jay Norwood “Ding Darling”.

Tom Milligan as Ding Darling

Busch Shooting Range to temporarily close rifle/pistol ranges for maintenance project starting May 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 15, 2019

The ranges will close for two weeks for MDC crews to complete the work; shotgun fields and archery facilities will remain open to the public.

August A. Busch Shooting Range

MDC awards 2018 statewide outreach partnership award to Fox 2 & KPLR-11 in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The two sister TV stations have been essential communication partners in conveying conservation information to the public for an entire decade.
MDC Outreach and Education Chief Shawn Gruber (right) presents Fox 2/KPLR-11 Midday News Producer Peggy Dierssen with the 2018 MDC Statewide Outreach and Education External Partnership Award.

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with special event May 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The official day is May 11, but visitors can kick off the celebration a week early at this free family event.
waterfowl over wetland at dusk

MDC and urban fishing partners hosting multiple family fishing festivals April-June to celebrate 50th anniversary

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

These free events will commemorate the golden anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program

woman fishing at lake

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers shotgun patterning for turkey hunting class April 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

Turkey hunters can improve their success this spring by learning how to correctly pattern their shotguns at this free class.

Turkey hunters look over targets

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen performs at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center April 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 27, 2019

Popular northwest composer/musician will blend nature-inspired music with images by MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Musician John Nilsen standing by piano

Columbia Bottom closed due to potential of flooding, MDC urges caution near rivers and streams

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 25, 2019

MDC anticipates the possibility of water overtopping the levee near the area due to rising river levels.

Water flowing over the levee in 2013

Learn cane-pole fishing with MDC at free classes in April in Forest Park

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Cast a line back in time and discover fishing the way grandpa did it by attending one of two free classes.
cane pole fishing gear

MDC offers beginner’s birding class at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area March 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
This is an excellent opportunity for those new to birdwatching to get off to a great start with help from MDC naturalists.
great egret

Powder Valley Nature Center presents Missouri Waters multimedia program April 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Two charismatic entertainers weave stories and thoughts on nature with photos and a live music performance.
Dragonfly on end of stick

MDC receives award for assistance with renovations at City Lake in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 19, 2019

A Community Assistance Program grant from MDC enabled extensive improvements for fish and anglers.

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) awarded MDC its 2019 Organization Citation Award in February for assistance in renovating City Lake in Union.

MDC invites the public to explore spring sounds at Busch Conservation Area this Saturday, March 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 14, 2019
Spring peepers and American woodcocks are offering a fascinating evening chorus right now.
woodcock and spring peeper

Missouri prairie orchid expert Dr. David Ashley speaking at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center March 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 14, 2019
Flora enthusiasts will have a chance to see and meet a leading researcher as he discusses Missouri’s endangered orchids.
white-fringed orchids

MDC offers native plant workshops for homeowners this Saturday at Rockwoods Reservation and Busch Conservation Areas

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2019
Both free workshops also include free Missouri native seedlings to give gardeners a head start.
woman looks at yellow coneflowers

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area serves as a starting location for 11th Annual Confluence Trash Bash March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2019
MDC seeks volunteers to meet at Columbia Bottom to help in a large-scale effort to clean up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers watershed.
two people collecting trash at Annual Confluence Trash Bash

MDC and DU hold Wetlands for Kids Day April 6 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 11, 2019
Kids of all ages and their families can learn about these unique places during a day of fun and engaging activities.
person shows two kids a salamander at Wetlands for Kids Day

MDC invites volunteers to help remove invasive bush honeysuckle from O’Fallon Park this Saturday

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 11, 2019
Join the O’Fallon Park Honeysuckle Sweep and help beautify one of St. Louis historic parks.
volunteer removes invasive bush honeysuckle

MDC holds two Archery Basics for Families classes at Busch Shooting Range in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 07, 2019
Bring the family and discover the basics of a lifetime sport this spring break.
girl poses by archery target

St. Louis Lake Fishing Hotspots program rescheduled for March 22 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 07, 2019
Rescheduled from February, this free program reveals choice area fishing holes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of urban fishing.
two women fish at a pond while a third watches

MDC introduces St. Louis area teachers to the Discover Nature Schools’ Nature Unleashed unit at two workshops in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 06, 2019
Space is limited for these free workshops that will cover the DNS unit for grades 3-5.
a group of students learns lessons outside

MDC names David Peters of Morse Mill as St. Louis Regional Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 01, 2019
David Peters was recently presented with the 2018 MDC Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year award in the St. Louis Region.
David Peters (left) is presented with the 2018 HED MDC Volunteer Instructor of the Year for the St. Louis Region Award by MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Conrad Mallady

MDC and partners welcome author Larry Weaner during native landscaping events March 29-30 at Danforth Plant Science Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 28, 2019
Homeowners can discover the advantages of native landscaping and see a renown native landscaping author.
woman looking at coneflowers

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
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Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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