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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.

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

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 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

MDC's Springfield Nature Center will be open July 5

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 01, 2019
Dalton Range, Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, Shoal Creek Center will be closed.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces July programs

News from the region

Central
Jul 01, 2019
Programs include kayaking, archery, a creek crawl, and more.
twelve-spotted skimmer

MDC invites new hunters to hunter education training in Jefferson City July 15-16

News from the region

Central
Jun 28, 2019
Class will cover firearm types, safety, and participants will earn hunter education certification.
hunter education classroom instruction

MDC announces initial plan for Missouri elk hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 28, 2019
Limited season for Missouri residents could start as soon as 2020 if plan criteria are met.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC presents check to Table Rock marina for clean-up help

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 28, 2019
The Harbor Marina receives $61,000 through USFWS' Clean Vessel Act grant program.
Check presentation from MDC staff to two people at Harbor Marina in Branson

MDC encourages anglers to add color to their catches at trout parks

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 27, 2019

Trout fishing is a great summer activity the whole family can enjoy.

A close up of an angler holding a rainbow trout.

MDC offers free basic archery instructor training for teachers Aug. 1 at Lone Dell Elementary School in Arnold

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 25, 2019

Participants will gain certification to teach the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program in their schools.

A teacher tests her skills at an archery instructor training class.

MDC to streamline Nature Shop sales starting this summer

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 24, 2019

Nature Shop sales available only through MDC nature centers and online beginning July 1.

The entrance of the Cape Girardeau Nature Center.

MDC reduces CWD Management Zone starting in July

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 24, 2019
MDC has reduced number of counties included in zone in response to new research findings.
Map of Missouri counties showing MDC CWD Management Zone

Jay Henges Shooting Range adds Five Stand to its Friday schedule starting June 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 24, 2019

Shotgun shooters now have another chance each week to try their hand at this dynamic and challenging shotgun sport.

A man shooting a shotgun.

MDC to offer frogging clinic for beginners at Locust Creek Conservation Area July 5

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 21, 2019

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

Two kids carry their gigs while out searching for frogs.

MDC offers grant opportunities to local communities

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Grants provide funding options for groups to help habitats and their organizations.
Habitat Restoration along Sunset Street in Springfield

Bear open house, canoe programs, among events scheduled for Springfield Nature Center in July

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 20, 2019
Upcoming events feature July 9 open house on how black bears are faring in the state.
black bear profile image

MDC offers free fishing classes in Kansas City and St. Joseph areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Jun 19, 2019
Discover Nature—Fishing program helps anglers learn basic skills to get started
Two instructors teach a family how to fish

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
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Bill Graham
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(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