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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

MDC closes three St. Louis area offices this week to observe Veterans Day

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 06, 2017

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

Bald Eagle

Powder Valley Nature Center to close Nov. 4-6 for managed deer hunt

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 02, 2017

Managed hunt is being used as a tool to help keep deer numbers at a heathy level.

Buck

MDC seeks ideas about future management of Port Hudson Lake Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 01, 2017

Those interested in having input on the area’s 15-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of November.

Port Hudson Lake Conservation Area

MDC stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes starting in November

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 30, 2017

Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter.

Stocking rainbow trout.

MDC’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center closed this afternoon due to water main break

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 30, 2017

The closure applies to the building only; normal operating hours are expected to resume next week.

MDC Logo

MDC offers free basic archery Instructor training for teachers Dec. 14 at Selvidge Middle School

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 24, 2017

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

Archery instructor pulling arrows out of a target.

MDC’s Busch Conservation Area hosting nighttime hayrides Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 23, 2017

Explore nighttime sights and sounds on the 7,000-acre conservation area under the stars.

Owl

MDC offers Forest Park walk Oct. 24 to explore the park’s trees

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 23, 2017

This naturalist-lead walk will help participants discover the many ways trees help us even in the city.

Person taking pics of trees in Forest Park

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center hosts Nocturnal by Nature program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 23, 2017

This free evening program will reveal the mysteries of some of nature’s most fascinating night life.

Nocturnal by Nature program.

MDC offers Beginner’s Birding class at Rockwoods Reservation Oct. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 19, 2017

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

Red-headed woodpecker.

MDC reopens main road at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 06, 2017

MDC work crews have repaired spring flood damage to make the road drivable again.

Sunrise on the Confluence viewing platform at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.

MDC to hold grand opening for new August A. Busch Memorial Shooting Range Saturday, Oct. 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 06, 2017

Shooters can try out the new range and receive a free hour of shooting.

aerial view of the rifle/pistol range at MDC’s brand new Busch Shooting Range

MDC seeks input about future management of Sandy Island Conservation Area in Lincoln County

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 02, 2017

Those interested in having input on the access’ 15-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of October.

Map of Sandy Island Conservation Area

Powder Valley Nature Center to host Into the Woods special event Oct. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 29, 2017

This free family event will help visitors take their outdoor adventures to the next level.

Two girls using a gps.

MDC offers nature journaling program Oct. 11 focused on fish at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 20, 2017

Participants will hone their observing skills and discover unique ways to document Missouri’s fascinating fish.

Fish.

Visitor center at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area will close tomorrow for one day

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2017

The rest of the area will remain accessible; the visitor center will resume normal hours on Sunday.

Columbia Bottom Visitor Center

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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
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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