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Cape Nature Center announces FREE September programs

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

September events feature geocaching, birding, a sand prairie adventure and more.

A little boy "steers" the wheel while taking a boat ride.

MDC invites the public to explore reptiles at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area Aug. 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Join MDC naturalists for a hike in a real marsh to find turtles and snakes this Saturday.

An MDC naturalist teaches visitors about a snake.

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia Aug. 20

News from the region

Central
Aug 08, 2019

Register to attend this FREE clinic and learn skills to discover nature on the water.

An MDC instructor teaches a girl how to kayak.

MDC: Duck Creek CA has a new entrance road, construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visitors to Duck Creek should use the new entrance off U.S. Highway 51 to access Pools 1, 2 and 3.

The entrance sign to Duck Creek Conservation Area near Puxico.

MDC advises nature to nurture health and happiness

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 08, 2019

Whether you’re in the woods, a park, or your backyard – nature helps!

A family of three takes a nature walk.

MDC will have Four Rivers Conservation Area ready for waterfowl season

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 08, 2019

Habitat altered by major flooding but millet seeded on some acres.

Waterfowl swimming and grazing in a wetland area.

Discover nature with MDC at SEMO District Fair Sep. 7-14

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visit MDC’s Conservation Pavilion to wish Smokey Bear a happy 75th birthday.

Smokey Bear does the Hokey Pokey with his fans.

MDC announces new partnership with Tower Grove Park to expand nature programming to St. Louis City residents

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

Residents in the City of St. Louis have a new resource to help them learn about and experience nature.

A group of birders use binoculars to search for warblers at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City.

MDC offers free fishing and nature classes at St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Aug 08, 2019

Discover Nature—Fishing programs teach angling basics.

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

Learn how to bow hunt for deer at Busch Shooting Range Aug. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 08, 2019

This free introductory class will give new hunters all the information they need to get started.

A bowhunter releases his arrow in the woods.

MDC and partners present a Native Grass Pasture Walk Aug. 23 for Ozark County landowners

Aug 07, 2019

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

A native grass pasture.

MDC offers free dove hunting workshop at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019

Free Aug. 24 clinic will cover variety of information about hunting this popular game bird.

A dove hunter sits in wait for a dove.

MDC invites people to learn shotgun basics on Aug. 17

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
People can learn about these popular firearms at free clinic at Andy Dalton Range.
two people at shotgun clinic

New MDC migratory bird and waterfowl hunting digest now available

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 05, 2019
Get free MDC Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest where permits are sold and online.
Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest

MDC welcomes new commissioners Harrison and McHenry

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 05, 2019
Gov. Parson recently appointed Dr. Steven Harrison of Rolla and Mark McHenry of Kansas City to the Missouri Conservation Commission.
Commissioner Harrison holding a bass

MDC offers pond fishing clinic on Aug. 24

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
Free event at Chesapeake Hatchery will offer tips and a chance to catch fish.
girl fishing in pond

Have fun with insects at MDC's Insect-O-Rama in Springfield Aug. 16

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019
No registration required for free Aug. 16 event at Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
Luna Moth

MDC invites people to learn to catch catfish by alternative methods Aug 16-17 at Stockton Lake

Aug 05, 2019
Free Aug 16-17 clinic includes chance to hook catfish at Stockton Lake.
Flathead Catfish

MDC invites kids to free fishing day at Roaring River State Park

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2019

Young anglers age 15 and under will get to fish for free at Aug. 17 event.

A young girl casts her line at Roaring River State Park.

MDC offers free late-summer fishing lessons in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 05, 2019
Newcomers can learn basics about catching fish and preparing them for cooking
Family learning to fish through DNF

MDC offers Women’s Handgun workshop in Houston Sept. 1

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 02, 2019
The workshop will include safety, operation and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns
agent teaching woman to shoot handgun

Flooding prevents sunflower plantings at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 02, 2019
The area will remain closed to public access until flood waters fully recede and clean up and repairs can be completed.
Flooding at Columbia Bottom CA

MDC offers two pond exploration classes for kids Aug. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation and Aug. 8 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 02, 2019

Children age 7-12 will enjoy finding the fascinating creatures waiting to be discovered in ponds.

MDC staff assist children with finding aquatic creatures at Rockwoods Reservation.

MDC seeks public input on Davisdale Conservation Area in Howard County

News from the region

Central
Aug 01, 2019

Public can comment through Aug. 31 on draft management plan.

A camper enjoys an evening inside a tent at Davisdale Conservation Area.

MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access during construction

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 01, 2019
Users are cautioned that the area is unsafe until construction is complete.
Headwaters Access Sign

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(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