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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

MDC awaits solution from contractor to resolve bullet trap issues at Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 27, 2019
The range remains closed pending a satisfactory resolution from the contractor, Action Target.
structural plates of bullet trap on Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol Range

Learn how to help purple martins at Busch Conservation Area March 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2019
This free program will show participants how they can establish backyard purple martin colonies.
purple martin on martin house

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers class for first time and novice shooters Feb. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 21, 2019
This free class will be an excellent introduction to rifle, handgun and shotgun shooting sports.
man shooting rifle at Busch Range

MDC offering four prescribed burn workshops during March in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 20, 2019
Participants will learn how to harness this effective land management tool at these free workshops being held in Crawford, Franklin, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.
using prescribed fire

MDC holds pond management workshops for landowners in St. Charles and Lincoln counties in February and March

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 14, 2019
MDC is working with landowners at these free workshops to help them get the most out of ponds on their property.
large pond

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers March 14 at Central Elementary School in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 13, 2019
Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.
teacher learning archery skills by shooting compound bow

Powder Valley Nature Center holds St. Louis fishing hotspots program Feb. 22

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 13, 2019
The 50th anniversary of urban fishing continues with this free program revealing choice area fishing holes.
three women bank fishing

MDC closes both staffed shooting ranges in the St. Louis region Sunday, Feb. 10 due to hazardous weather

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2019
The Jay Henges and August A. Busch Shooting Ranges will both close due to icy conditions.
man shooting pistol at range

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers Feb. 20 at University City High School

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 11, 2019
Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.
Teacher learns archery skills

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area invites children to Kids Discovery Day Feb. 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 04, 2019
Children of all ages can visit any time during the event to enjoy free engaging and educational activities.
Child with adult at Kids Discovery Day

MDC offers women and youth pheasant hunting clinic Feb. 11, followed by guided hunts

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 04, 2019
Women and youths looking to get a supportive start in the sport of hunting have an ideal opportunity.
Two women and black lab upland bird hunting

MDC to hold mentored hunt April 29-30 at Forest 44 for first-time turkey hunters

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 01, 2019
Get started in the thrilling sport of turkey hunting with the guidance of an MDC expert.
two turkey hunters in camo sitting against tree

Powder Valley Nature Center announces winners of its 2018 photo contest

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 28, 2019
Winning photographers will have their photos displayed at the nature center throughout the month of February.
Kate Sprague’s photo of a whitetail buck

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival delays start Saturday due to weather

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 18, 2019
The event will start at noon due to a winter advisory Friday night into Saturday morning.
bald eagle up close

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
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
636-441-4554