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MDC holds Archery Basics for Families class at Henges Shooting Range May 23 and 30

News from the region

St. Louis
May 06, 2019

Bring the whole family to either of these free classes and learn the basics of a lifetime sport.

A little girl poses next to a target while her mother takes her picture.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area closes due to flooding; World Migratory Bird event is still on this Sunday

News from the region

St. Louis
May 02, 2019
Though most of the area is closed, the event activities will move to the space immediately near the visitor center.
Road closed from flooding at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

MDC invites community conservation planners to workshop in Maryland Heights May 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 26, 2019

This free workshop will give St. Louis area city and county planners information on how conservation can benefit urban landscapes.

Several children plant native plants along a trail at a Missouri park.

MDC invites people to become citizen scientists at the Emmenegger Nature Park Bioblitz May 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 25, 2019
Bioblitzers will become scientists for a day as they explore the diverse plants and animals around the park while providing helpful information to MDC naturalists.
Emmenegger Nature Park Bioblitz participants

Location Correction: MDC and urban fishing partners hosting multiple family fishing festivals April-June to celebrate 50th anniversary

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 23, 2019
These free events will commemorate the golden anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program.
woman fishing at urban lake

MDC holds adapted fishing opportunity for persons with disabilities May 4

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 19, 2019

Participants will discover how accessible fishing can be for persons of all physical abilities.

catchin' some fun

MDC sites in St. Louis area join worldwide City Nature Challenge April 26-29 as host sites

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 18, 2019
MDC invites everyone to conservation areas in the St. Louis region to take part in this global citizen science data collecting effort.
Person holding phone showing iNaturalist App

MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp July 8 at Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 18, 2019

Girls, ages 11-15, should apply by May 15 for this chance to learn outdoor skills and safety in a fun, immersive environment.

Discover Nature Girls Camp

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes a visit with conservation legend Ding Darling May 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 17, 2019

Actor Tom Milligan gives a first-person performance of modern conservation movement pioneer, Jay Norwood “Ding Darling”.

Tom Milligan as Ding Darling

Busch Shooting Range to temporarily close rifle/pistol ranges for maintenance project starting May 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 15, 2019

The ranges will close for two weeks for MDC crews to complete the work; shotgun fields and archery facilities will remain open to the public.

August A. Busch Shooting Range

MDC awards 2018 statewide outreach partnership award to Fox 2 & KPLR-11 in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The two sister TV stations have been essential communication partners in conveying conservation information to the public for an entire decade.
MDC Outreach and Education Chief Shawn Gruber (right) presents Fox 2/KPLR-11 Midday News Producer Peggy Dierssen with the 2018 MDC Statewide Outreach and Education External Partnership Award.

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with special event May 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The official day is May 11, but visitors can kick off the celebration a week early at this free family event.
waterfowl over wetland at dusk

MDC and urban fishing partners hosting multiple family fishing festivals April-June to celebrate 50th anniversary

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

These free events will commemorate the golden anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program

woman fishing at lake

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers shotgun patterning for turkey hunting class April 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

Turkey hunters can improve their success this spring by learning how to correctly pattern their shotguns at this free class.

Turkey hunters look over targets

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen performs at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center April 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 27, 2019

Popular northwest composer/musician will blend nature-inspired music with images by MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Musician John Nilsen standing by piano

Columbia Bottom closed due to potential of flooding, MDC urges caution near rivers and streams

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 25, 2019

MDC anticipates the possibility of water overtopping the levee near the area due to rising river levels.

Water flowing over the levee in 2013

MDC offers beginner’s birding class at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area March 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
This is an excellent opportunity for those new to birdwatching to get off to a great start with help from MDC naturalists.
great egret

Powder Valley Nature Center presents Missouri Waters multimedia program April 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Two charismatic entertainers weave stories and thoughts on nature with photos and a live music performance.
Dragonfly on end of stick

Learn cane-pole fishing with MDC at free classes in April in Forest Park

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Cast a line back in time and discover fishing the way grandpa did it by attending one of two free classes.
cane pole fishing gear

MDC receives award for assistance with renovations at City Lake in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 19, 2019

A Community Assistance Program grant from MDC enabled extensive improvements for fish and anglers.

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) awarded MDC its 2019 Organization Citation Award in February for assistance in renovating City Lake in Union.

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

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