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MDC invites teachers to hands-on field workshop with experts in the St. Louis region July 9 – 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 08, 2018

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

students at Discover Nature Schools outdoor program

Rockwoods Reservation hosts amazing race competition April 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 07, 2018

Participants with an adventurous spirit can compete in an outdoor challenge as they learn about nature.

Rockwoods Reservation

MDC and DU hold Wetlands for Kids Day April 7 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 05, 2018

Kids of all ages and their families can learn about these unique places during a day of fun and engaging activities.

Kid taking part in the Wetlands for Kids Day event.

Columbia Bottom visitor center changes days of operation April 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 05, 2018

The conservation area’s visitor center will adopt new operating days to better serve school programs during the week.

People in the Columbia Bottom Visitor Center lobby

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area serves as a starting location for 10th Annual Confluence Trash Bash March 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 01, 2018

MDC seeks volunteers to meet at Columbia Bottom and help in a large-scale effort to clean up the Confluence.

Confluence Trash Bash volunteers with trash they collected

Learn shotgun basics at one of MDC’s new Busch Shooting Range’s beginner classes March 13 and 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 28, 2018

Visitors will have two chances to learn the basics of shotgun shooting this March.

Two people shoot shotguns at Busch Shooting Range

MDC offers two shotgun patterning classes March 26 and April 3 at the new Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 28, 2018

Shotgun hunters can improve their success by attending free programs held in March and April.

Man shooting shotgun at Busch Shooting Range

MDC and partners to hold woodland workshop for landowners in Moscow Mills March 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 27, 2018

Property owners will learn techniques for managing their forests and woodlands at this full day educational event.

forest path

MDC offers free program on purple martins at Busch Conservation Area March 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2018

Learn how to attract these charming avian visitors to your yard.

Purple martin.

MDC invites preschool teachers to Discover Nature Schools workshop in St. Charles March 31

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 15, 2018

Space is limited. Register by March 28 to attend this free training.

Students enjoying the outdoors.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools K-2 teacher training workshop in St. Charles March 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 14, 2018

Space is limited. Register by March 27 to attend this free training.

Young students sitting in grass learning about nature outside

MDC and partners present native landscaping workshop March 31 in Maryland Heights

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 09, 2018

Homeowners can discover the advantages of native landscaping during this in-depth workshop.

Landscaping.

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds antler scoring event Feb. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2018

Hunters can have racks gathered through harvest or shed collecting officially certified.

man scoring antlers

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers beginning youth pheasant hunt and clinic in February

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2018

First-timers looking to get a supportive start in the sport of upland bird hunting have an ideal opportunity.

two upland bird hunters holding harvested pheasants with dog

MDC to hold mentored hunt April 30-May 1 at Forest 44 for first-time turkey hunters

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2018

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

turkey hunter in camo

MDC offers free basic archery Instructor training for teachers March 8 in Chesterfield

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 31, 2018

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

MoNASP Instructor Training.

MDC staff reopens River’s Edge Trail at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 29, 2018

Previously closed due to flood damage, the scenic trail is now accessible to hikers once again.

View of Missouri River from River’s Edge Trail

MDC offering tree health seminar at Powder Valley Nature Center Feb. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 23, 2018

The program, geared for tree-care professionals, will look at the latest disease and insect tree threats.

trees with fall color

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop in Steelville Feb. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 18, 2018

Landowners can learn how using prescribed fire can improve their land at a free workshop.

closeup of prescribed fire

MDC invites visitors to sample sweet treats of trees at Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Feb. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2018

This free educational event is a great winter outing for the entire family.

people standing around fires with pots as they process maple sap into syrup

MDC joins partners to remove Asian carp from Creve Coeur Park Lake

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2018

A multi-agency partnership will come together for an innovative approach to clear the lake of an invasive problem fish.

silver carp jump in front of an electrofishing boat

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop Feb. 10 in Hillsboro

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 11, 2018

Landowners can learn how using prescribed fire can improve their land at a free workshop.

MDC staff person manages a prescribed burn

Powder Valley Nature Center presents an Evening with Raptors program Jan. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 02, 2018

Visitors will discover an ancient hunting partnership between humans and birds.

Falcon

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 19, 2017

St. Louis area residents can put their used natural Christmas trees to good use after the holidays.

MDC employee recycling Christmas trees.

MDC and partners bring Eagle Days to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 13-14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2017

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

Man holding a bald eagle.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
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Southeast Regional Office
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Bill Graham
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554