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MDC invites public to hike at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 28, 2020

See what blooms, buzzes, and scampers on the nature center's trails on Aug. 7 trek

man hiking

MDC Announces Changes to Waterfowl Managed Hunts Due to COVID-19

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 28, 2020
All reservations will be allocated through a weekly in-season reservation draw.
waterfowl hunters at Eagle Bluffs

MDC partnership teamwork makes the conservation dream work

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 27, 2020

MDC partnerships help create green spaces, support wildlife, and propel conservation forward.

A pollinator plot created at Cameron Golf Course in northwest Missouri.

MDC re-closes St. Louis Regional Office amid rising COVID-19 cases in St. Charles County

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 27, 2020
Other MDC public facilities currently open in the St. Louis region will remain open to the public.
MDC color logo

MDC online program will help kids learn about Nature's 'secret agents'

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 27, 2020

Spy-themed virtual event will focus on traits animals use to survive and thrive in their surroundings

Wooded area

MDC invites people to take a virtual dive into a Missouri stream on July 29

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 24, 2020
Online program will shed light on the variety of life that can be found in a stream.
long-pincered crayfish

Learn how regional bird species are faring at Aug. 5 MDC online program

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 24, 2020

Virtual program will offer tips on how people can help our feathered friends.

White eyed vireo

MDC offers free Discover Nature – Fishing classes in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 23, 2020
Newcomers can learn about tackle and skills, and also go fishing
woman teaching fishing to girl

Bears on the move in Missouri. MDC encourages “Be Bear Aware.”

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 23, 2020
For more information on black bears and how to Be Bear Aware, visit mdc.mo.gov/bearaware.
bear collaring

MDC virtual program on July 29 will focus on rain gardens

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 23, 2020
People can get information about this beneficial landscaping tool
rain garden

MDC's Burr Oak Woods offers free summer outdoor programs in the Kansas City metro area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 22, 2020
Participants learn about nature and outdoor skills.
teaching fishing

MDC invites people to meet the beetles in July 25 online program

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 22, 2020
Free virtual program will discuss the roles these insects play in our outdoor world
swamp milkweed leaf beetle

Dove hunters can get tips at virtual MDC program Aug. 8

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 22, 2020
Get information on how to bag this popular gamebird at this free online program.
young man dove hunting

St. Louis angler catches state record longear sunfish

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 22, 2020

Robert Audrain III now holds the record longear sunfish under alternative methods

Robert Audrain III holds his state record longear sunfish

Backpacking basics will be focus of MDC's July 28 online program

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 22, 2020

People can learn about the equipment needed for a trail trip through Missouri's outdoors

A family backpacks near a river

MDC invites people to learn about bumblebees at Aug. 1 online program

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 22, 2020

People can learn why bumblebee populations are declining and what we can do to reverse that trend

Bumblebee on flower

MDC's Gorman Discovery Center offering outdoor summer programs in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 21, 2020

With social distancing, participants will learn about nature and outdoor skills

Male ruby throated hummingbird

MDC offers free virtual handcrafted crankbaits class Aug. 18

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 20, 2020

Participants will build a balsa wood crankbait to catch fish such as bass

Balsa wood crankbait

MDC to offer online kids' program about beavers July 31

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 20, 2020

Children can learn about these interesting mammals through a virtual puppet show.

Beaver in den

MDC offers online firearms class for beginners July 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 20, 2020

Participants will learn the basics and proper loading of firearms with multiple types of actions during this free virtual program.

Firearms display

MDC offers online program that puts special spin on trout fishing

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 20, 2020

July 31 virtual program will focus on spin fishing for trout.

Rainbow trout

Cottontails are focus of MDC online program for kids Aug. 7

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 20, 2020
Children can learn adaptations these animals use to survive in a predator-heavy world.
cottontail rabbit

MDC to offer virtual program on how snakes eat July 29

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 17, 2020

Learn interesting facts about how snakes consume their food and see a two-headed snake eat.

Two-headed western ratsnake

MDC to offer virtual program on cottonmouths July 30

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 17, 2020

Learn how to identify this venomous snake from other snakes.

Cottonmouth snake

MDC to hold several Discover Nature Fishing events in August

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 17, 2020

Free classes designed to introduce families to fishing.

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

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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