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Franklin County to reopen St. Mary’s Road gate, restoring entrance to Chouteau Claim Access

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 07, 2020
The Franklin County Commission has agreed to reopen St. Mary’s Road by Friday; the Commission is now accepting public comment on a measure to vacate the road.
Chouteau Claim Access map

MDC invites kayakers to enjoy fall paddling opportunities in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 02, 2020
Cooler temperatures and changing colors provide a perfect backdrop for exploring waterways by kayak in the St. Louis region.
Kayaker on Huzzah Creek

Uncover the secrets of caves and cave life Oct. 13 at MDC virtual program

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 30, 2020
Learn all about these incredible underground environments during this free online presentation.
pool in cave cavern

Henges and Busch Shooting Ranges offer field to freezer deer processing classes Oct. 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 28, 2020

Hunters can learn the important skills of handling and preparing their deer immediately after harvest.

Deer hunter in woods with rifle

MDC invites families to create a hellbender craft at Busch Conservation Area Oct. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 24, 2020

Find artistic inspiration in this unusual and endangered salamander.

Hellbender

Learn how to eat well outdoors at MDC virtual cooking for camping and hiking class Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 21, 2020

From fire to feast, outdoor trekkers will learn the basics of cooking in the wild and then some with this free class.

Outdoor food

MDC holds two nature programs at Tower Grove Park in September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 18, 2020
St. Louis residents can connect with nature with free in-person programs Sept. 25 and 26 in the city’s celebrated park.
string art rendering of a red fox

Enjoy date night for nature lovers at a pair of MDC in-person programs this September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2020

Two special outdoor date night outings, Sept. 19 and 26, offer socially-distanced options for couples.

A couple goes hiking

MDC holds a virtual presentation about spiders Sept. 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
This free, interactive virtual program will focus on the most common spiders found around the home and yard.
common house spider

Learn safe handling and hunting with modern sporting rifles with free online MDC class Sept. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 14, 2020
AR-15 style rifles are becoming more popular and this free program will help users safely get the most out of them.
man shooting AR-15 style rifle

MDC holds second Introduction to Handguns online class Sept. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2020
Due to high demand, MDC has added another free virtual course covering the basics of proper and safe handgun use.
woman shooting handgun

MDC offers 2 beginning archery classes Sept. 12 at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range or ages and physical abilities.

Female archer

Learn the basics of knife sharpening Sept. 12 at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 08, 2020

A well-functioning knife is a vital companion in the field when hunting and fishing.

Three knives

MDC unearths dark secrets of earthworms at free online program Sept. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 03, 2020

Many people think of them as helpful little critters, but you might be surprised to learn they’re not so beneficial after all.

Common earthworm

MDC holds Introduction to Handguns online class Sept. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 28, 2020

This free virtual course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

A woman fires a handgun

Dove Hunting at Marais Temps Clair CA to be self-check for 2020 season

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 17, 2020
There will be no daily draw this year at the St. Charles County conservation area.
youth dove hunting in field

MDC will hold beginner duck hunting class online Aug. 25

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 17, 2020
This thorough introduction is the ideal opportunity to give new duck hunters a solid start.
two kids duck hunting with dog

Learn basics of shotgun shooting Aug. 24 with MDC’s free online class

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2020
This free program covers all the important things beginners need to get a safe start with shotguns.
shotgun shooting

MDC reveals the truth about mythical creatures in Missouri at free program Aug. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2020

Learn the secrets behind unusual creatures some say roam the Show-Me-State this Friday.

Red wolf

MDC gives the goods on nature field guides at online class Aug. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 11, 2020

Learn which guides work best for identifying Missouri’s diverse plants and animals during this free class.

Trees of Missouri Field Guide

MDC invites people to learn about bees in St. Louis with a free online program Aug. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 07, 2020

Discover the truth behind these often misunderstood but most essential of pollinators.

Bee on purple coneflower

MDC announces temporary closure of Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 07, 2020

The nature center building is closed as a COVID-19 precaution; however, the outdoor trails remain open.

MDC logo

MDC to offer online Beginning Camping class Aug. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 04, 2020

Learn everything you’ll need to create the ultimate family nature outing at this free, virtual program.

Kids sit in a tent while camping

MDC presents free online program about forest bathing Aug 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 03, 2020

This virtual event will reveal the special ways time in the woods can help you, and how you can return the favor.

Sunlight filters through the canopy of a forest

Discover the mysterious world of bats with free online MDC program Aug. 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 31, 2020
Learn about these unique mammals that are a key part of Missouri’s night wildlife.
eastern pipistrelle bat

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Bill Graham
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Francis Skalicky
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St. Louis Regional Office
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