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MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked workshop Sept. 27 at Shaw Nature Reserve

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.
boy looking at tadpole

CANCELLED: WildHeart to perform in concert at Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
The kids’ nature song spinner Jan Syrigos of WildHeart returns for an upbeat, family-friendly performance.
Jan Syrigos of WildHeart shows a puppet to a boy

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 09, 2019
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
Participants of 2018 Hawk Point Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

MDC provides free trees to spring tornado victims in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Sep 09, 2019
Jefferson City and Eldon area storm victims can redeem free trees Oct. 3-5.
two volunteers plant a tree in Joplin

MDC offers accessible shooting, fishing events Sept. 14 at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 09, 2019
Free events will highlight outdoor opportunities available for people with disabilities.
agent helps woman fish from wheelchair

MDC shares CWD info for upcoming deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 09, 2019
Help MDC limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in Missouri
CWD Management Zone Map

MDC offers free fishing classes at Marceline and Brookfield

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 06, 2019

Discover Nature—Fishing programs teach angling basics and participants go fishing

MDC staff teach a family how to use a fishing pole.

Join MDC for its Wild Webcast on Elk and Elk Hunting Oct. 9 at noon

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019
Register in advance at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZMb and then view the live webcast from a computer or mobile device.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC proposes regulation changes to help landowners control nuisance wildlife and invasive species

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019

MDC is proposing allowing thermal imaging and night vision to help landowners control nuisance wildlife and invasive species on their private properties.

A coyote stands in a grass field.

MDC confirms new state record brown trout caught at Lake Taneycomo

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 05, 2019

Blue Eye angler Bill Babler set the record with a 40-pound, 6-ounce fish.

Bill Babler and friend Ryan Titus pose with a new state record brown trout.

MDC to hold Family Basic Shotgun Class Sept. 10 at Busch Shooting Range

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 04, 2019

This free, introductory course is open for ages 11 an up and includes hands-on shooting practice.

An MDC staff member teaches a teenager how to shoot a shotgun.

Have a large evergreen that needs removed? Donate it to MDC for governor’s mansion Christmas tree.

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 04, 2019
The evergreen may be near the end of its life or may need to be removed for other reasons.
2018 governor's mansion Christmas tree

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Sep 04, 2019
Youth ages 11-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may apply to attend hunt this November.
man and boy deer hunting against a tree

Buy native trees and shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 04, 2019
Orders are being taken now through April 2020. Supplies are limited so order early.
2019-2020 Seedling Order Form

Public invited to share ideas about future management of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 03, 2019

Those interested in having input on the area’s 25-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of September.

A map of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

MDC seeks public input on Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area in Camden County

News from the region

Central
Sep 03, 2019

Public can comment through Oct. 31 on draft management plan.

The Little Niangua Natural Area at Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area.

MDC to host prescribed fire workshop in Poplar Bluff Oct. 5

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 03, 2019

Learn why and when to burn to meet land management goals.

A man managing a prescribed fire for land improvement.

MDC to host pond management workshop Sept. 14 at Powell Gardens

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 03, 2019

Participants can learn about managing fish and aquatic plants in ponds

The invasive hydrilla plant in a pond.

MDC and The Nature Conservancy will host free Prairie Day event Sept. 14 at Dunn Ranch Prairie

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 03, 2019

Visitors can see bison, wildflowers, birds, and learn about prairie ecology

Several people take a guided tour of Dunn Ranch Prairie.

MDC offers new “Auto-Renewal” for easy online permit renewals

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 30, 2019
New MDC “Auto-Renewal” offering makes renewing hunting, fishing, and trapping permits easy and convenient.
MDC logo

MDC to host family fishing clinic in Columbia Sept. 11

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
FREE fishing clinic includes instruction and hands-on fishing opportunities.
kids fishing from dock

MDC offers chainsaw safety training in mid-Missouri for woodland owners

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019

Free workshop will help landowners avoid hazards of chainsaw use while performing habitat management.

An MDC instructor teaches a class the proper technique for using a chainsaw.

Reallocated Upper Mississippi waterfowl blind sites available; drawing open Sept. 8-15

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2019

An online reallocation drawing will be held to assign three relinquished blind sites.

Two hunters with their bird dogs in a waterfowl blind.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces September programs

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
Programs include whitetail scouting, monarch migration, lake sturgeon, and more.
girl holding tagged monarch butterfly

MDC re-opens Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to limited access

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2019

After extensive flooding MDC work crews have enabled public access on a primarily walk-in basis.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

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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
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Bill Graham
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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