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MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings

News from the region

Central
Dec 23, 2019
Family-friendly event in Jefferson City will include games, crafts, nature walks, stories, music, and more.
three females making crafts

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 20, 2019

Residents can drop off used natural Christmas trees after the holidays at Busch Lake 35 until Jan. 12.

An MDC Fisheries biologist throws a used Christmas tree into a body of water to provide cover and habitat for fish.

MDC offers free cabin fever relief activities in Kansas City during holidays

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 20, 2019

Families welcome at indoor and outdoor nature programs

A family views wildlife at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.

MDC assigns new agent to Atchison County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 20, 2019

Kyle Dick will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in Northwest Missouri

Kyle Dick

MDC finds more CWD cases, but disease remains rare in state

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 20, 2019
Learn more about CWD and MDC’s efforts to find and limit its spread at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
MDC Staff Processing Tissue Samples for CWD Testing

MDC invites public to take First Day Hike Jan. 1 at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 20, 2019

MDC staff will lead winter trek to highlight features of this popular conservation area.

The Scenic Overlook sign at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

B-I-N-G-O spells wildlife fun at MDC Jan. 2 program in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 20, 2019
Free event at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center helps families learn about animals while playing bingo.
Wildlife Bingo Card

MDC names Danny Hartwig as new regional administrator in Northeast Region

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 19, 2019

Hartwig will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.

Danny Hartwig poses for a picture in the snow.

MDC assigns new conservation agent for Mercer County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Benjamin Bardot will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri

Benjamin Bardot

Programs on eagles and other birds highlight January schedule at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 19, 2019
Eagle Days, Owl Prowl, and Waterfowl Identification are among the bird programs planned for January.
bald eagle flying

MDC names Bryan Gragg as regional administrator in Northwest Region

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Gragg will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures

Bryan Gragg

MDC assigns new conservation agent to Linn County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019
Griffin Surtin will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri
Conservation Agent Griffin Surtin

Welcome 2020 with an Owl Prowl at Rockwoods Reservation Jan. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2019
This free, MDC-lead evening excursion will help visitors learn about and experience these night raptors first-hand.
eastern screech owl

MDC announces new conservation agent assigned to Clay County

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 18, 2019
Alex Walker will help protect forests, fish, and wildlife in Kansas City metro area
Alex Walker

MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unbound workshop Jan. 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2019

Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for high school life science units.

High school students participate in an outdoors class through MDC's Discover Nature Schools program.

MDC announces Rachel Webster is new conservation agent in Jackson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 17, 2019

Webster will help people enjoy the county's forests, fish, and wildlife

Rachel Webster

Free photo exhibit about Underground Railroad on display at Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 16, 2019
Photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales document night scenes along freedom's route
Through Darkness to Light

MDC offers free youth trout fishing clinic in Lee's Summit on Jan. 4

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 16, 2019
Trout fishing clinic for children will be at MDC's James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
girl trout fishing

MDC offers free series of classes on hunting and firearms at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 16, 2019
'Learn to Hunt' and 'Learn to Shoot' series of programs begin in January.
two males hunting

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge returns Jan. 18-19

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 16, 2019
Visitors can discover our national bird both in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.
bald eagle up close

MDC reminds parents free MO Outdoors app provides ideas for holiday break activities

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 16, 2019
Use the app to easily plan time outdoors with children while they’re out of school.
MO Outdoors

Get tips on woodcarving at free event Dec. 28 at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 13, 2019
Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists to provide insight at event.
woodcarving

MDC names Kevin Borisenko as new regional administrator in Central Region

News from the region

Central
Dec 13, 2019
Borisenko will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Kevin Borisenko

MDC names Debra Burns as new regional administrator in Kansas City region

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 13, 2019
Burns will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures
Debra Burns

MDC names Sarah Medlock as new regional administrator in Ozark Region

News from the region

Ozark
Dec 13, 2019
Medlock will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Sarah Medlock

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MDC Media Staff

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