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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

Normandy students experience tree climbing and planting at 24:1 Arbor Day Celebration

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 30, 2018

MDC Forestry staff recently participated in the event that celebrated trees in North St. Louis County.

Students climbing trees.

Rockwoods Reservation joins worldwide City Nature Challenge April 27-30 as host site

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 24, 2018

Everyone is invited to be part of this global citizen science data collecting effort.

Rockwoods reservation outdoor sign

MDC hosts Kids’ Fishing Day May 19 at Maramec Spring Park

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 23, 2018
Kids ages 15 years and under can discover the fun of trout fishing at free all-day event.
Kid holding his catch.

MDC donates archery equipment to St. Louis County police for youth archery program

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 19, 2018

Thanks to the donation, St. Louis County Police officers will begin teaching archery to kids this summer.

group of people posed with archery equipment

MDC’s Jay Henges shooting range remains closed for repairs until late summer

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 19, 2018

The rifle/pistol range will remain closed until further notice to complete repair work. Shotgun fields, archery facilities, and education center building remain open.

image of shooting range from shooter box

MDC invites people to become citizen scientists at Powder Valley Nature Center Bioblitz May 11-12

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 12, 2018

Bioblitzers will become scientists for a day as they explore the diverse plants and animals around the nature center while providing helpful information to MDC naturalists.

Students discovering nature at the event.

MDC’s Discover Nature—Fishing classes aim to hook new conservationists in the St. Louis area

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 26, 2018

This free program instills the basics of fishing to youths and families—and hopefully more.

girl fishing from dock

MDC names Richard Remmler as St. Louis Regional Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 23, 2018

Richard Remmler of Crestwood was selected for the 2017 MDC Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year award for the St. Louis Region.

Richard Remmler get hunter education award

MDC names Larry Lindsey of O’Fallon St. Louis Regional Bowhunter Education Instructor of the Year

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 21, 2018

Lindsey was selected for the 2017 Regional Bowhunter Education Instructor of the Year award.

Larry Lindsey receiving the award

MDC awards Conservation Agent Tim Tallent St. Louis Regional Agent Hunter Education Instructor of the Year

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2018

Agent Tallent was selected for the 2017 Regional Conservation Agent Hunter Education Instructor of the Year award this February.

Headshot of Protection District Supervisor Tim Tallent

MDC selects Christine Hibler as Regional Staff Hunter Education Instructor of the Year

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 19, 2018

Christine Hibler of Wildwood was selected for the 2017 Regional MDC Staff Hunter Education Instructor of the Year award.

Christine Hibler  being presented her award.

MDC holds Beginner’s Birding class March 24 at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 13, 2018

This is an excellent opportunity for those new to birdwatching to get off to a great start with help of MDC naturalists.

male northern cardinal

Warren County landowners invited to MDC pond workshop in Warrenton March 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2018

MDC is working with landowners at this free workshop to help them get the most out of ponds on their property.

Pond

MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp July 24-26 in Lincoln County

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2018

Girls ages 11-15 should apply now for this chance to learn outdoor skills and hunter education in a fun, immersive environment.

Girls standing in water learning water safety at Discover Nature Girls Camp

MDC invites Franklin County landowners to pond workshop March 21 in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 09, 2018

MDC is working with landowners at this free workshop to help them get the most out of ponds on their property.

pond at sunset

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshop at Powder Valley Nature Center July 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 08, 2018

Space is limited. Register by July 1 to attend this free training.

Students participating in an outdoor Discover Nature Schools program

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