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MDC Outdoor Recreation Spotlight: 5 kayaking opportunities in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 12, 2020

Enjoy mild weather and see fall colors from the water this autumn.

Kayaking on the Wyaconda River

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation offers 2 beginning archery classes Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2020
Get a start in a lifetime sport that’s accessible to a wide range of ages and physical abilities.
woman shooting blue compound bow

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.
Runge Sign

MDC welcomes native foraging expert to Runge Nature Center Oct. 22 & 23

News from the region

Central
Oct 09, 2020
Register to attend this FREE foraging hike and book signing on either day.
Bo Brown

MDC to present Oct. 14 not-so-spooky virtual story time

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Listen and learn why some of Missouri’s “scary” critters shouldn’t be feared at all.
two kids looking at tablet

Explore fall with MDC’s hand-picked guide to 10 paddle sport locations

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Don’t forget to grab your binoculars for spotting wildlife and gorgeous fall foliage.
family kayaking

MDC to host free virtual event Oct. 15 to help preserve future of chinquapin trees

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Learn the value of protecting this relative to the American chestnut.
Ozark Chinquapin Nut

MDC advises scouting and habitat key for quail and pheasant hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
MDC survey shows 2020 quail numbers up from last year, pheasant numbers down.
roadside index of quail numbers

Master the art of deer calling with MDC virtual program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020

This free online class will give hunters a competitive edge in the field this deer season.

White tailed buck close up

MDC expands program providing outdoor recreation on private lands

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
Qualified landowners can receive incentive payments for allowing public access.
Hunters standing in front of MRAP sign

MDC welcomes two new staff for relevancy, inclusion and diversity

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 08, 2020
Jessica Hoey joins MDC as Relevancy Chief. Christopher Kennedy takes new position as Assistant to the Director on Inclusion and Diversity.
MDC color logo

MDC to hold virtual Basic Hunting Safety program Oct. 27

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 08, 2020
This free online course will cover the most essential aspects of preventing hunting incidents.
woman shooting rifle

Franklin County to reopen St. Mary’s Road gate, restoring entrance to Chouteau Claim Access

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 07, 2020
The Franklin County Commission has agreed to reopen St. Mary’s Road by Friday; the Commission is now accepting public comment on a measure to vacate the road.
Chouteau Claim Access map

MDC welcomes fall colors appearing in western Missouri

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 07, 2020
Look up and down to see vibrant foliage on trees and the trail
fall color along river

MDC changes Nov. 14-15 mandatory CWD sampling to voluntary

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 07, 2020
COVID-19 concerns prompt shift for the 30 counties of the MDC CWD Management Zone.
CWD sampling

MDC says verify regulations before hunting at conservation areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 06, 2020

Many western Missouri areas have special regulations and boundaries

Hunter walks through woods

MDC to host 34th annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour Oct. 18

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 06, 2020

Enjoy autumn color with backwoods driving through Poosey's varied ecology

Horseback ride through Poosey

MDC awards grant funding for community forest improvements

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 06, 2020

TRIM grants offer cost-share funding to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands.

A woman walks through a neighborhood lined with trees

MDC offers Halloween season nature treats in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 05, 2020

Gorman Discovery Center and Burr Oak Woods conjure up special programs

A little girl and her father take a Halloween nature walk

MDC completes upgrades and reopens Golden Valley Shooting Range near Clinton

Oct 05, 2020
Range offers place for firearms practice
Two people shooting rifles at Golden Valley Shooting Range

MDC invites kayakers to enjoy fall paddling opportunities in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 02, 2020
Cooler temperatures and changing colors provide a perfect backdrop for exploring waterways by kayak in the St. Louis region.
Kayaker on Huzzah Creek

MDC reports hemorrhagic disease in Missouri deer

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 02, 2020
Report suspected cases of hemorrhagic disease to MDC at WildlifeHealth@mdc.mo.gov.
dead deer in pond

MDC Cape Nature Center to host Oct. 8 recycled paper bead art event

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 02, 2020

Learn how to repurpose magazines for great holiday gifts while also helping the environment.

Paper beads

MDC Outdoor Recreation Spotlight: 5 kayaking opportunities in central Missouri

News from the region

Central
Oct 02, 2020

Enjoy mild weather and see fall colors from the water this autumn.

A kayak floats on the Gasconade River at sunset.

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2020

Youth ages 11-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may apply to attend this hunt.

Young hunter aims rifle

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MDC Media Staff

Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
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