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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 crowns Marquette High School as FISHSTL Cup Champions

News from the region

St. Louis
May 28, 2019

The high school fishing team took top honors among 10 area schools in angling tournament.

The Marquette High School Fishing Team poses with their trophy.

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.

Rockwoods Reservation offers program on dealing with problem wildlife May 24

News from the region

St. Louis
May 20, 2019

Homeowners will discover tips to help resolve critter conflicts and make living around nuisance wildlife easier.

A smiling raccoon in a garbage can.

MDC work crews complete Busch Shooting Range project ahead of schedule to avoid closure

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019
The temporary shutdown of the rifle/pistol range originally scheduled for May 13 is no longer needed.
Man Target Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

Rockwoods Reservation hosts amazing race competition June 1

News from the region

St. Louis
May 10, 2019

Participants with an adventurous spirit can compete in an outdoor challenge as they learn about nature.

Nature lovers attempt to identify a frog.

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day May 18 at Maramec Spring Park

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Kids ages 15 years and under can discover the fun of trout fishing at free all-day event.

A young angler shows off his trout at Maramec Spring Park.

Kids can learn all about lightning bugs at Busch Conservation Area May 23

News from the region

St. Louis
May 09, 2019

Firework Fireflies is a free program for children age 2-6.

A field full of lightning bugs at dusk.

MDC holds Archery Basics for Families class at Henges Shooting Range May 23 and 30

News from the region

St. Louis
May 06, 2019

Bring the whole family to either of these free classes and learn the basics of a lifetime sport.

A little girl poses next to a target while her mother takes her picture.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area closes due to flooding; World Migratory Bird event is still on this Sunday

News from the region

St. Louis
May 02, 2019
Though most of the area is closed, the event activities will move to the space immediately near the visitor center.
Road closed from flooding at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

MDC invites community conservation planners to workshop in Maryland Heights May 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 26, 2019

This free workshop will give St. Louis area city and county planners information on how conservation can benefit urban landscapes.

Several children plant native plants along a trail at a Missouri park.

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
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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
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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