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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

UPDATE: Weather forces extended closure at Ranacker Conservation Area

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 13, 2019
North access, shooting range closed until weather permits completion of bridge project.
road closed signs at Peno Creek bridge

MDC and CFM thank deer hunters, processors for helping to Share the Harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 12, 2019
Missouri deer hunters donated 259,414 pounds of venison to Share the Harvest this season.
Share the Harvest packaged venison

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

Cape Nature Center hosts professional fisherman Josh Gowan this Saturday

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 12, 2019
Gowan will discuss his career and share some tips about crappie fishing.
crappie closeup

Springfield Nature Center announces April events

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 12, 2019
Native plant sale and workshop are among highlights on April schedule.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop March 27 in Independence

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 11, 2019
Private landowners can learn beneficial burning techniques for vegetation management
MDC staff person lighting a prescribed burn with a torch

Support MO student archers at MoNASP state tournament March 22-24 in Branson

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 11, 2019
More than 2,500 student archers will compete at the Branson Convention Center.
MoNASP 2019 State Tournament

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

MDC invites volunteers to help remove invasive bush honeysuckle from O’Fallon Park this Saturday

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 11, 2019
Join the O’Fallon Park Honeysuckle Sweep and help beautify one of St. Louis historic parks.
volunteer removes invasive bush honeysuckle

Cape Nature Center announces April programs

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 08, 2019
Babes in the Woods, Little Acorns, and Conservation Kids offer age-specific nature experiences.
Cape Nature Center Building

MDC conservation area in Johnson County to get new target range

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 08, 2019
Range will be built at Perry Memorial Conservation Area
woman shoots rifle at shooting range

Learn about spring migratory birds at March 15 MDC event

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 08, 2019
Free Springfield Nature Center program covers species that migrate through this region.
common yellowthroat

MDC invites public to Springfield Nature Center archery clinic

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 08, 2019
Free March 15 program will teach basics and offer hands-on opportunities.
man shoots bow and arrow

MDC holds two Archery Basics for Families classes at Busch Shooting Range in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 07, 2019
Bring the family and discover the basics of a lifetime sport this spring break.
girl poses by archery target

MDC, partner agencies host public meeting March 18 to discuss Castor River watershed health

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 07, 2019
Communication between the public and regulating agencies enables better management.
Castor River

MDC plans Volunteer Water Quality Monitor training in Moberly March 23

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 07, 2019
Register by March 13 to attend this training and contribute to preservation of Missouri’s streams.
two volunteers monitor water quality in a Missouri stream

St. Louis Lake Fishing Hotspots program rescheduled for March 22 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 07, 2019
Rescheduled from February, this free program reveals choice area fishing holes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of urban fishing.
two women fish at a pond while a third watches

MDC introduces St. Louis area teachers to the Discover Nature Schools’ Nature Unleashed unit at two workshops in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 06, 2019
Space is limited for these free workshops that will cover the DNS unit for grades 3-5.
a group of students learns lessons outside

MDC invites first-time youth turkey hunters to free clinic in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Mar 05, 2019
Register youth ages 11-15 to attend a clinic and mentored hunt this April.
A man and a young girl wearing full camo sit at the base of a tree in the woods while the girl operates a wood box call to attract a wild turkey.

MDC Cape Nature Center brings nature into rural classrooms

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 05, 2019
Dexter and Oran third through fifth graders dissected owl pellets and learned about food chains.
staff person teaches two kids

MDC honors Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 05, 2019
Organization gets partnership award for environmental stewardship and education efforts.
Watershed Center sign

MDC offers free fly tying class March 9 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 05, 2019
Class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center will teach basics of fly tying
closeup of a person's hand tying a fishing fly

MDC offers free ice fishing clinic March 5 at Chillicothe

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 04, 2019
Gear provided for family fishing event
girl icefishing on pond

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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