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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.

MDC brings back Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Feb. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 08, 2017

After a one-year hiatus due to an area construction project, the annual Maple Sugar Festival will be back in 2018.

Maple Syrup

MDC offers free basic archery Instructor training for teachers Jan. 3 at Riverbend School

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 08, 2017

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

Teacher shooting a bow.

St. Louis area MDC offices close this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 22, 2017

Visitors should note that closures apply to staffed offices only and not to other area facilities.

wild tom turkey

MDC offers natural gift making class at Busch Conservation Area Dec. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 22, 2017

Visitors will learn how to make holiday presents from natural materials at this free workshop.

Natural gifts.

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge returns Jan. 13-14, 2018

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 20, 2017

MDC and its partners are bringing back one of the area’s largest bald eagle events in 2018.

People looking through telescope at Eagle Days at Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes renowned Missouri nature photographer Matt Miles Dec. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 17, 2017

Miles will also be available to autograph his new book, Missouri Wild and Wonderful, featuring his photography work.

Matt Miles

MDC/St. Louis Zoo endangered beetle reintroduction earns national recognition

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 14, 2017

Efforts to restore the American burying beetle recently won an award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

four people standing while holding award

MDC’s Jay Henges rifle/pistol shooting range to close for repairs starting Nov. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 13, 2017

The rifle/pistol range will remain closed until further notice; the shotgun fields and education center building will remain open.

Jay Henges Shooting Range

Concerned citizens help MDC stop poacher with Operation Game Thief hotline

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 13, 2017

Tips from callers played an important role in the recent success of a multi-violation poaching case.

agents standing with poached wildlife in back of truck

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
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Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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