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MDC to host beginner fly fishing clinic Nov. 9 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 10, 2019

Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing course for ages 12+.

An MDC staff member instructs a woman on fly fishing techniques.

MDC holds youth duck hunting clinic Oct. 15, followed by two hunts at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 10, 2019

This free clinic with two hunt options offers the perfect way to give first-timers a start in duck hunting.

A brother and sister with their dog on a duck hunting trip.

MDC opens new target shooting range in Johnson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 10, 2019
New range is located at Perry Memorial Conservation Area near Knob Noster
view of new target shooting range at Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area north of Knob Noster.

MDC tapped superheroes on Oct. 5 to battle invasive species in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 08, 2019
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center visitors saw skits and exhibits at special event
Superman and Friends at BOW event

MDC invites public to explore Busch Conservation Area during fall hayride event Oct. 11

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2019

Experience this 7,000-acre wildlife area with an autumn tradition—and see parts of the area less-travelled.

Participants take a fall hayride through Busch Conservation Area.

MDC to host 33rd annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour Oct. 20

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 07, 2019

Smokey Bear will be on hand to celebrate his 75th birthday and wise fire management

A line of vehicles take a fall driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area.

MDC offers free HOWLoween fun Oct. 18 at Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 07, 2019
Connect with nature on an autumn night outdoors
People at 2018 HOWLoween at the Discovery Center

MDC to offer hunter education skills classes in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 07, 2019
New hunters can earn certification required for purchase of firearms hunting permits
teaching hunter education

MDC, CFM ask deer hunters to Share the Harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 07, 2019
Help feed hungry Missourians. Find participating STH processors online at mdc.mo.gov/share.
Share the Harvest packages of ground venison

MDC program to provide deer processing tips Oct. 26 near Alton

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 07, 2019
Free "Field to Freezer" program coming up at MDC's Andy Dalton Range.
two venison steaks on grill

MDC reminds folks that fall is a great time to plant trees

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 07, 2019
Also order tree and shrub seedlings from MDC for spring planting.
person watering a tree

MDC warns of nuisance black vultures at Bagnell Dam Access on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Oct 04, 2019
Area users should beware of potential damage to parked vehicles.
black vultures

Get Nature-Related Holiday Gifts from MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 03, 2019
Natural Events Calendar is $9 plus tax and includes stunning images and daily tips to discover nature.
Cover of 2020 Natural Events Calendar

Celebrate Owl-o-ween at Twin Pines Oct. 25

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 03, 2019
See barred, great horned and screech owls from Dickerson Park Zoo.
owl closeup

MDC still has ADA waterfowl-hunting blinds available

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 02, 2019
Call 573-522-0175 Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 15 and 16 to reserve ADA hunting blinds.
Cover of 2019-2020 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest

Nominate citizen conservationists for Missouri Conservation Commission awards

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 02, 2019
Deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 9.
MDC logo

MDC invites public to learn about spiders on Oct. 8

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 02, 2019

Free program at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center will highlight these misunderstood arachnids.

A garden spider on a web.

MDC to hold grand opening Oct. 9 at new target range in Johnson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 01, 2019
New range will be opened at Perry Memorial Conservation Area
new shooting range at the Perry Memorial Conservation Area in Johnson County

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop for new hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019
Register to attend this free clinic and mentored hunting opportunity.
gray squirrel in tree

Wolf spiders revealed at special program Oct. 18 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 01, 2019

Visitors will discover the secret world of these arachnid hunters, with a chance for close encounters during this night presentation.

Wolf spider on a leaf.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019

Programs include fall floating, hunter education, an outdoor skills sampler, and more.

Slime mold called Physarum polycephalum

MDC seeks public input for Harmony Mission Lake and Peabody conservation areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 01, 2019

Public can comment in October on plans for areas in Bates County

Two people fishing from a boat on Harmony Mission Lake.

MDC hosted Family Outdoors Day on Sept. 28 in Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 01, 2019
Cool weather gave event an autumn feel and kept fish biting for anglers
MDC staff person helps little girl with fishing equipment

MDC offers a free forest habitat workshop Oct. 10 at Weston

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 30, 2019
Landowners can learn about ecology and management of Platte County forest and woodlands
family looking at wildlife

View autumn foliage with MDC’s fall color forecast

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 27, 2019

Enjoy weekly updates on what trees are turning and where to get the best views.

A beautiful view of fall color on a bluff in Hartsburg in Boone County.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
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