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Call for auditions Aug. 11 for Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center’s Nature’s Got Talent Variety Show in September

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 26, 2018

Talented nature lovers can share their creativity with the public during outdoor-themed performances.

Lady playing a guitar.

MDC to hold mentored muzzleloader hunt Oct. 22 & 23 at Forest 44 for first-time deer hunters

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 25, 2018

Get started in the thrilling sport of deer hunting with the guidance of a MDC expert.

Guy hunting with a muzzleloader.

MDC offers introduction to bow fishing class in St. Charles July 26 and 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 20, 2018

Learn about the popular sport that brings together hunting and fishing at a free two-day class with a hands-on field experience.

Someone bowfishing.

Rockwoods Reservation’s main entrance off Highway 109 re-opens

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 19, 2018

MDC crews repaired the road after a sinkhole formed on Glencoe Road near the entrance.

Rockwoods Reservation entrance reopens after sinkhole filled.

Learn shotgun basics at MDC’s new Busch Shooting Range Aug. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 17, 2018
Visitors will have the chance to learn the basics of shotgun shooting at this free class.
woman shooting shotgun

MDC’s new Busch Shooting Range offers shotgun patterning class Aug.14

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 17, 2018
Shotgun hunters can improve their success by learning how to correctly pattern their shotguns at this free class.
two men shoot shotguns at shooting range

Main entrance to Rockwoods Reservation closed due to sinkhole; visitors must use detour to reach the area

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 13, 2018
The popular conservation area in Wildwood will need to be accessed via Manchester Road until road repairs are completed.
A hiker stands on Rockwoods Reservation’s Lime Kiln Trail.

MDC offers two-day basic canoeing class, including float on the Meramec River

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 13, 2018
Participants will not only learn the basics, but put them to practical use on a real float.
two people in canoe

MDC is expanding sunflower plantings at Columbia Bottom this summer

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 06, 2018

Visitors should be able to enjoy impressive golden displays continuously through mid-August.

Beautiful sunflowers

MDC invites public input about future management of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center grounds

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 03, 2018

Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of July.

Powder Valley Nature Center trails.

Learn cane-pole fishing with MDC at free classes held in July and August

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 03, 2018

Cast a line back in time and discover fishing the way grandpa did it by attending free classes.

Fishing gear.

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation adds two new kids’ programs to July schedule

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 03, 2018

A pair of free programs are designed to help children of different age ranges discover nature.

Kids learning more about turtles.

MDC offers Bear Necessities for Being Bear Aware program at Busch Conservation Area July 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 02, 2018
If bears are making a comeback to Missouri, we might as well learn more about them.
darted black bear

MDC to hold two archery classes at the new Busch Shooting Range July 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 02, 2018

Those interested in getting into this lifetime sport have both afternoon and evening class options.

Boy shooting his bow.

MDC offers frog gigging clinic July 13 at BK Leach for both youth and their mentors

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 28, 2018
Youths and mentors can learn this traditional pastime side-by-side at this free MDC program.
two people gig for frogs at night

MDC biologists say don’t feed bears, take precautions when camping

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 28, 2018

Food can make the difference between peaceful co-existence with bears and problematic conflicts.

black bear

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

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 25, 2018

Teachers can register to attend free workshops in July.

Teacher training

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts programs for infants and toddlers this summer

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 25, 2018

These free monthly outdoor learning experiences are designed especially for kids from infancy to age three.

Little girl holding walnuts.

Columbia Bottom offers free bowfishing basics class in June

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 11, 2018
Learn the increasingly popular sport during a two-day class that includes a hands-on field experience.
Woman bowfishing into pond

Columbia Bottom hosts Wild Wednesdays throughout June

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 08, 2018

Bring kids age 8-12 for a free outdoor adventure that blends art and biology.

Little girl trying to catch bugs.

MDC awards St. Louis-area educators for helping advance its Discover Nature Schools program

News from the region

St. Louis
May 18, 2018
Four education professionals received MDC’s Outreach and Education 2017 External Partnership Award in April
2017 Outreach and Education Division’s External Partnership Award recipients

Shooting range on Little Indian Creek Conservation Area to shut down temporarily May 21 for improvements

News from the region

St. Louis
May 07, 2018

The closure will enable MDC crews to make enhancements to the range.

Man Shooting Shotgun

Registration for 2018 Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings opens June 2

News from the region

St. Louis
May 07, 2018

Waterfowl hunters have until June 17 to enter the drawing for blind sites to be held June 19.

two hunters shooting from waterfowl blind

MDC joins multiple partners to restore natural habitat to St. Louis City’s O’Fallon Park

News from the region

St. Louis
May 03, 2018

Over the next three years, visitors will see improvements to enhance their experience and bring more wildlife to the historic urban park.

Man in chair fishing next to lake at St. Louis City’s O’Fallon Park

MDC invites kids to frog and toad program May 5 at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
May 01, 2018

Nature explorers age 4-6 will learn about amphibians with hands-on explorations.

boy holding frog

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Lucas Bond
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
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Jill Pritchard
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Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
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