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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 holds black bear open house at Powder Valley Nature Center July 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 15, 2019
Get the latest information about Missouri’s expanding bear population at this free open-house event.
trapped blackbear

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.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center presents concert by Ozark music duo Shortleaf July 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 12, 2019

An evening of music and storytelling offers unique connection to nature in St. Louis.

Mike Fraser on violin with Tenley Hansen on guitar as part of the band Shortleaf.

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds wingshooting class July 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 08, 2019

This free class gives hunters an opportunity to improve their upland bird and waterfowl hunting skills.

A female hunter shows off a bird she harvested.

Flood damage will cause changes in 2019 dove hunting at Columbia Bottom

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 01, 2019
Because of near-record flooding on the area, dove hunters will experience significant changes this year.
dove hunter shooting

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers Aug. 1 at Lone Dell Elementary School in Arnold

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 25, 2019

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

A teacher tests her skills at an archery instructor training class.

Jay Henges Shooting Range adds Five Stand to its Friday schedule starting June 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 24, 2019

Shotgun shooters now have another chance each week to try their hand at this dynamic and challenging shotgun sport.

A man shooting a shotgun.

Rockwoods Reservation throws Moth Night nocturnal nature party July 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 18, 2019

It’s a rare chance for families to explore the area after dark and discover these nocturnal insect wonders at a free event.

Moths on a purple coneflower.

Learn to make paper from nature at Rockwoods Reservation June 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 10, 2019
This free class will show participants how to create their own decorative hand-made paper.
making paper

Nearly 50 hikers join 105.7 FM on-air personality Jeff Burton for group hiking event at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 07, 2019
A group of intrepid hikers braved rain and mud and celebrated National Trails Month a month early.
Jeff Burton Hiking

Busch Conservation Area offers special scouting merit badge event June 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 06, 2019

Both Boy and Girl Scouts can participate in activities that will help them advance toward multiple merit badges.

A conservation agent speaks with a group of boy scouts in the 1950s.

MDC, USDA, and Quail Forever offer Native Wildflower and Pollinator workshop June 18 in Warrenton

News from the region

St. Louis
May 31, 2019

This free workshop is designed to help landowners improve the natural quality of their land.

A landowner poses behind her wildflower garden.

MDC holds St. Louis area teachers’ workshops for Discover Nature Schools’ K-5 units at Powder Valley Nature Center June 12

News from the region

St. Louis
May 30, 2019
Space is limited for these free workshops that will cover the Nature Unfolds and Nature Unleashed units.
Discover Nature Schools Kids Outside

Busch Shooting Range holds FREE Learn to Shoot event June 3

News from the region

St. Louis
May 29, 2019

Sample a variety of shooting sports next Monday in an open house-style format.

A man learns to shoot a shotgun.

Powder Valley Nature Center hosts Butterfly Gardening for Pollinators program June 6

News from the region

St. Louis
May 29, 2019

Discover the magic behind creating a garden that will have butterflies fluttering in your yard.

Steve Craig and Amy Short pose in a butterfly garden.

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers June 25 at Living Word Christian Middle and High School in O’Fallon

News from the region

St. Louis
May 28, 2019

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

A woman closely inspects an archery target.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Bill Graham
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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
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Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
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Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554