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MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center invites public to Sept. 6 open house celebration

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 18, 2019
Refurbished, renamed educational facility has special focus on natural features of Joplin area.
Exterior of Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

MDC Paydown Access on Gasconade River closed for construction

News from the region

Central
Jul 18, 2019

Construction should be complete by October and will provide easier access for boaters.

The Paydown Access entrance sign with a closed for repair sign.

MDC Creature Feature: Possum on a Half Shell

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 17, 2019

Nine-banded armadillos are miraculous Missouri mammals.

A nine-banded armadillo spotted foraging for food.

Cape Nature Center announces August programs

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 16, 2019

August events feature canoeing, insect pinning, making jams and jellies, and more.

Young explorers enjoying the Cape Nature Center.

MDC and Quail Forever invite landowners on quail walking tour near Gerald Aug. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 16, 2019

Learn how to improve habitat for upland wildlife by viewing on the ground examples.

A quail in a field.

MDC and partners offer free invasive species workshop Aug. 9 in Nevada

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 16, 2019
Participants will learn methods for controlling invasive plants in fields and woodlands
spraying sericea lespedeza with herbicide

MDC can help cattle producers with summer forage

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 16, 2019

Native grasses and forbs can add wildlife-friendly component to pastures and hayfields

Cattle grazing in a pasture.

MDC holds black bear open house at Powder Valley Nature Center July 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 15, 2019
Get the latest information about Missouri’s expanding bear population at this free open-house event.
trapped blackbear

MDC and State of Missouri increase penalties for poaching

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 15, 2019
Governor signs bill that increases fines on poachers and MDC increases penalty points.
Governor Signs Poaching Bill

MDC hosts prescribed fire workshop Aug. 7 at Mineral Area College in Park Hills

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 15, 2019
Landowners should preregister for their desired workshop time.
prescribed fire view from truck

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher training workshop July 23 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 15, 2019

Teachers should register as soon as possible to attend the free workshops to learn about this middle school unit.

A class of students learn about nature.

MDC invites public to attend grazing workshop in Everton

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 15, 2019
July 30 event has registration deadline of July 24.
cows grazing in tall grass

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center presents concert by Ozark music duo Shortleaf July 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 12, 2019

An evening of music and storytelling offers unique connection to nature in St. Louis.

Mike Fraser on violin with Tenley Hansen on guitar as part of the band Shortleaf.

Get fall deer and turkey hunting info from MDC’s new booklet

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 12, 2019
Get current info on what’s new for 2019 fall deer and turkey hunting in Missouri.
Cover of 2019 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet

MDC caving tours offer cool Missouri outings in summer

News from the region

Central
Jul 11, 2019

Register to attend a free Conservation Families: Caving event with Runge Nature Center staff.

A family visits Stark Caverns in Eldon.

MDC agents make arrests in walnut timber theft cases

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 10, 2019
Multi-agency investigations brings numerous charges connected to walnut timber theft
walnut logs end view

UPDATE: All MDC accesses reopen on lower Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jul 10, 2019
Last closed section of Osage River reopens to recreational boating.
MDC Mari-Osa Access sign on Osage River

MDC invites families to frogging clinic at Blind Pony Fish Hatchery July 26

News from the region

Central
Jul 08, 2019

Learn to hone frogging skills at free clinic for the whole family.

A young boy holds a frog during a gigging trip at a Missouri pond.

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds wingshooting class July 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 08, 2019

This free class gives hunters an opportunity to improve their upland bird and waterfowl hunting skills.

A female hunter shows off a bird she harvested.

UPDATE: Catfish clinic in northeast Missouri moved to Mark Twain Lake

News from the region

Northeast
Jul 02, 2019

Still room to register to learn basics of catching big catfish on Missouri's waters.

A father, son, and daughter pose with a catfish caught at a Missouri lake.

MDC invites public to Hokey Pokey with Smokey at Fair

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 02, 2019

MDC will celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th birthday with dancing at Ozark Empire Fair.

A sign of Smokey the Bear urging the public to prevent forest fires.

MDC hosted Discover Nature Field Days June 25-28 at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 02, 2019
Youths from Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City enjoyed outdoor fun
two boys in canoe

MDC invites women to beginner shooting clinic series in Kirksville

News from the region

Northeast
Jul 01, 2019
Register to attend a free series of training programs for women on beginner shooting basics.
woman shooting shotgun

St. Louis area MDC offices close July 4-5 to commemorate July Fourth holiday

Jul 01, 2019
Non-staffed conservation areas, accesses, and unstaffed shooting ranges will remain accessible under normal hours of operation.
1804 American Flag

Flood damage will cause changes in 2019 dove hunting at Columbia Bottom

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 01, 2019
Because of near-record flooding on the area, dove hunters will experience significant changes this year.
dove hunter shooting

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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