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MDC Celebrates 50th anniversary of Urban Fishing Program in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2019
Close-to-home fishing program has brought five decades of opportunity to metro anglers.
Images of Urban Fishing Program

MDC closes interior roads within Busch Conservation Area due to icy conditions

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2019
The MDC St. Louis Regional Office located near the entrance of the area will remain open.
Busch Road Closure Sign

MDC will hold free Advanced Archery Instructor training for teachers Jan. 29 at Ridgewood Middle School

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 10, 2019
MoNASP-certified instructors will take their skills to the next level with this tournament prep class.
Student archers in row shooting at NASP tournament

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival, Featuring Maple Sugar, Saturday, Feb. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
The popular annual Maple Sugar Festival is expanding to embrace many more aspects of winter.
People at Maple Sugar Festival

Preschoolers can learn how animals survive winter at free program at Columbia Bottom Jan. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
Indoor and outdoor explorations will give children age 2-5 hands on learning experiences.
doe in winter woods

New August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance hosts over 44,000 visitors during its first year

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2018
The state-of the-art shooting facility enjoyed tremendous success since reopening in October 2017.
Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 17, 2018

Residents can put their used natural Christmas trees to good use after the holidays at locations in St. Louis, St. Charles and Lincoln Counties.

Recycling Christmas trees can help the environment and anglers

MDC now stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes, including lunkers up to 10lbs

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 14, 2018
Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter.
trout stocking from truck

MDC and partners host Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 19-20

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 10, 2018

Visitors can discover our national bird in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.

Bald Eagle

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong speaking at Powder Valley Nature Center this Friday evening

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 29, 2018
Reservations still available to see MDC’s award-winning photographer as he shares images of pollinators and photography how-to tips.
MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong with camera

MDC offers two programs for preschoolers in December at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 21, 2018
Babes in the Woods: Hibernation and Teddy Talk programs aim to introduce young children to different aspects or nature.
four preschoolers and a teacher examine a black-bear pelt

MDC offering extreme orienteering class at Weldon Spring Conservation Area Dec. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 20, 2018

Learn advanced off-trail navigation techniques on one of the St. Louis region’s most popular and rugged conservation areas.

Orienteering class map.

Hunters can feed St. Louis families in need through Share the Harvest Program

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 08, 2018
Share the Harvest enables hunters to give back to their communities and utilize Missouri’s wildlife resources for those in need.
packages of Share the Harvest ground venison

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

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 24, 2018

Join the O’Fallon Park Honey Suckle Sweep and help beautify one of St. Louis historic parks.

Lady helping remove bush honeysuckle

Powder Valley Nature Center to close Nov. 3-5 for managed deer hunt

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 23, 2018

Managed hunt is being used as a tool to help keep deer numbers at a healthy level.

Whitetail deer.

Powder Valley Nature Center uncovers nature’s superheroes and villains at free family event Oct. 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2018

Adults can also become superheroes at the afternoon blood drive and visitors of all ages can explore creatures of the night in the evening.

A person dressed up as a bat.

MDC offers Nature 2.0 program Oct. 10 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 05, 2018

This free program will enable you to discover nature through technology using the iNaturalist App.

Iphone app of iNaturalist

MDC invites public comments on future management of Meramec Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 01, 2018
Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of October.
View from bluff overlooking Meramec River at Meramec Conservation Area in winter

Jay Henges Rifle/Pistol Range to remain closed as MDC seeks resolution to bullet trap issues

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 11, 2018
MDC’s priority is to seek a safe and lasting solution as soon as possible.
Jay Henges Rifle Pistol Range

MDC co-hosts annual youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2018
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
group photo of 2017 Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC holds Archery Basics for Families class at Busch Shooting Range Sept. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 07, 2018
Bring the whole family for this free class that will teach the basics of a lifetime sport.
a woman takes a picture of a girl with an archery target and bulls-eye arrow

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher training workshops in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 06, 2018

Register today to attend free workshops in October.

Kids learning about nature.

MDC welcomes mushroom expert Taylor Lockwood to Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 31, 2018
Lockwood has travelled the U.S., and the world over, photographing beautiful and exotic mushrooms.
Taylor Lockwood headshot

MDC holds wingshooting classes in September at Busch and Henges Shooting Ranges

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 31, 2018
Identical classes at each range give hunters two opportunities to improve their upland bird and waterfowl hunting skills.
two female duck hunters in woods with harvested ducks in hand

MDC co-hosts Monarch Madness Sept. 15 in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2018
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences at this pollinator festival, such as monarch butterfly tagging.
monarch butterfly on thistle flower

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
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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
Southwest Regional Office
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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