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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 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 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

MDC to co-host free fur trapping clinic Oct. 19-20 at Sumner

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 27, 2019

Experts will teach trapping and fur handling skills

Fur trappers check a beaver trap on the shore of a river.

MDC offers free Prairie Day event on Oct. 12 near El Dorado Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 27, 2019

Visit Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie for wagon tours, prairie walks, and exhibits

A group of participants tour a prairie in El Dorado Springs.

MDC invites public to learn about deer hunting Oct. 17

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 27, 2019

Free program at Springfield Nature Center will cover basics.

A deer hunter sits against a tree with his rifle.

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.

Busch Shooting Range invites deer hunters to Field to Freezer class Oct. 7

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 27, 2019

Hunters can learn safe handling, field dressing, and venison processing at this free class.

Bowhunter in full camo in a tree stand.

MDC welcomes superheroes to fight alien invaders Oct. 5 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 27, 2019
Free guided hikes at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center highlight battles against invasive species
Superman at BOW Event

Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian for special presentation Oct. 4

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 27, 2019

State Wildlife Vet Dr. Sherri Russell will offer a glimpse at her job working with Missouri’s key wildlife species.

Sherri Russell speaks with MDC staff.

MDC helps improve Bethany area fishing lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 26, 2019

Financial assistance helps improve access for fishing and boating

Laura Ruman, MDC fisheries programs supervisor; Bethany Mayor Jonne Slemons; Randy Brejnik and Charles Crabtree, Bethany aldermen; Josh Roller, conservation agent, and Jerry Wiechman, MDC fisheries management biologist

MDC invites public to learn about primitive skills on Oct. 6

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 26, 2019

Springfield Nature Center program highlights nature knowledge of past cultures.

A hand holding an arrowhead.

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds field to fork venison class series week of Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 26, 2019

This sequence of three classes Monday-Wednesday will guide deer hunters from the harvest to the meal.

A venison dish with vegetables on a dinner table.

MDC provides places to hunt and fish with MRAP program

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 26, 2019

Changes made for MRAP program land in DeKalb County

A hunter jots down some notes while reading a regulations sign at an MRAP site.

MDC hosts free prescribed burn workshop Oct. 19 at El Dorado Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 26, 2019

Property managers can learn how to use fire to help manage grasslands.

MDC staff managing a prescribed burn.

Cape Nature Center announces October programs, including a Fall Festival

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2019
Guests can make a longbow, hike Seventy-Six Conservation Area, or learn archery skills in October.
MDC logo carved into a pumpkin

MDC offers FREE Birding Teacher Workshop Oct. 7 in West Plains

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 24, 2019

Teachers will learn the Discover Nature Schools Nature Unleashed (Grades 3-5) curriculum.

An indigo bunting perches on a branch.

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

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 24, 2019

Learn about fishing, hunting, and wildlife at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

MDC staff teaching kids to fish.

MDC offers hunter education skills sessions in SWMO

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 23, 2019
Skills sessions are mandatory for hunter education students ages 15-under.
a hunter-education instructor shows a class attendee how to load a shotgun.

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 20, 2019
Youth ages 6-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may register for hunt this fall.
young deer hunter with mentor

MDC invites female anglers to Sept. 28 FREE fishing event at Bennett Springs

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 20, 2019
Sept. 28 trout-fishing event allows female anglers of all ages to fish for free.
woman trout fishing

MDC invites youth, families to trapping clinic in Callaway County Oct. 5-6

News from the region

Central
Sep 19, 2019
Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.
trappers in creek

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554