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MDC hosts FREE Back to School Fishing event at Bray CA

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 26, 2019
School supplies will also be given to school aged children who attend.
close up of stream at Bray Conservation Area

Wayne County angler reels in record spotted gar

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 25, 2019

MDC congratulates Mitchell Dering of Wappapello on his 6-pound, 2-ounce spotted gar caught in the St. Francis River.

Mitchell Dering poses with his record-breaking spotted gar.

MDC offers dove hunting clinic in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Jul 25, 2019
Participants will learn the basics of dove hunting, firearms safety, and shooting skills.
posed group of dove hunters standing in field

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Jul 24, 2019
Four-part Discover Nature – Fishing courses offered evenings in August.
woman teaching girl to fish

MDC offers Effective Wingshooting classes Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 in Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 24, 2019

Shotgun training can help experienced and novice hunters

A young hunter practices her shotgun aiming.

Discover nature with MDC at Missouri State Fair August 8-18

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 23, 2019
Visit MDC’s Conservation Building, Kids’ Xplor Zone, and special programs.
MDC staff person shows kids a king snake at the state fair

MDC partners with USDA, NRCS, Quail Forever on Native Grass for landowners

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 23, 2019

Landowners will tour a native warm season grass stand and learn how to ensure their own success.

Native grasses against a blue sky.

Rain and heat doesn't stop Urban Rangers from summer outdoor adventure

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 23, 2019

MDC staff took the Kansas City youth group on river canoeing and camping trip

A group of Urban Rangers canoeing down the Current River.

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday with MDC in Kirksville

News from the region

Northeast
Jul 19, 2019

Join MDC for free festivities for the entire family on the Quad at Truman State University.

Smokey Bear holding his 75th Birthday cake.

Learn about fishing at MDC's Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 19, 2019

Free classes teach basic and advanced skills

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

Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, August 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 18, 2019

Meet this dynamic long-distance hiking athlete, author and speaker at a free program.

Long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis poses along the Appalachian Trail.

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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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)
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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