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Learn basics of shotgun shooting Aug. 24 with MDC’s free online class

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2020
This free program covers all the important things beginners need to get a safe start with shotguns.
shotgun shooting

MDC reveals the truth about mythical creatures in Missouri at free program Aug. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 13, 2020

Learn the secrets behind unusual creatures some say roam the Show-Me-State this Friday.

Red wolf

MDC offers a number of hunter education opportunities in upcoming months

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 13, 2020

Individuals needing hunter education have classroom and online options.

MDC staff watch as a woman completes the skills portion of her hunter education

MDC to host fly fishing workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Aug 13, 2020
Register to attend these FREE Discover Nature – Fishing courses for ages 12+.
two people fly fishing in stream

MDC temporarily closes road at Hunnewell Lake Conservation Area

News from the region

Northeast
Aug 13, 2020
Infrastructure upgrades will offer ecological benefits, closure to last through early October.
Map of Section of Shelby County Road 471

MDC reminds hunters and others of new CWD regulations for cervid carcasses

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 12, 2020
Get details from MDC’s 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations & Information booklet.
2020 Fall Deer and turkey Booklet Cover

Brown Booby makes rare appearance in Missouri Ozarks

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 12, 2020

The seabird made history after popping up along the Current River in Ripley County.

Brown Booby on the Current River

MDC invites livestock owners to attend native forage grazing workshop in Bollinger County

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 11, 2020

Aug. 26 event has a registration deadline of Aug. 17.

Cow in native grass pasture

MDC gives the goods on nature field guides at online class Aug. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 11, 2020

Learn which guides work best for identifying Missouri’s diverse plants and animals during this free class.

Trees of Missouri Field Guide

Go on a virtual geocaching trek with MDC on Aug. 18

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 11, 2020
Online program will provide information on this popular way of exploring the outdoors.
geocache box in tree

Learn about hummingbirds at Aug. 15 MDC virtual event

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 10, 2020

Get information on the long migrations these small birds take and find out what people can do to help.

Hummingbird at feeder

MDC invites public to free Aug. 19 kayaking clinic

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 10, 2020

Clinic will be held at Towell Lake at Little Prairie Conservation Area near Rolla.

Orange kayak on a stream

MDC re-opens parking lot and boat launch ramp at Maple Leaf Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 10, 2020

Lake's main parking lot has been rebuilt and improved at area in Lafayette County

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Learn about Missouri's bees at Aug. 14 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 07, 2020
Get information on the many species of bees that live in Missouri and learn how to attract beneficial bees.
leafcutter bee

MDC suggests evaluating late-summer habitat to help quail

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 07, 2020
Bobwhite quail pairs may still be raising young broods in August
Bobwhite quail

MDC invites people to learn about bees in St. Louis with a free online program Aug. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 07, 2020

Discover the truth behind these often misunderstood but most essential of pollinators.

Bee on purple coneflower

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces August programs

News from the region

Central
Aug 07, 2020

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Two girls explore a creek outside of Runge Nature Center

MDC invites public to take a paddling trip on Aug. 15

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 07, 2020

People invited to take a free morning or afternoon float on Lake Girardeau.

A couple paddles a canoe on a lake

MDC announces temporary closure of Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 07, 2020

The nature center building is closed as a COVID-19 precaution; however, the outdoor trails remain open.

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

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 06, 2020

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

Girl with fish in net

MDC invites families to back-to-school fishing event at Bray Conservation Area

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 06, 2020

Aug. 13 event will feature catch-and-release opportunities.

A family baits their fishing pole

MDC invites public to Aug. 14 night hike at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 06, 2020

Take a guided hike on the Paw Paw Valley Trail after dark to learn about the area's nocturnal wildlife

Northern cricket frog

Black rat snakes are focus of MDC Aug. 11 online program

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 05, 2020

Benefits of these frequently feared reptiles will be discussed at free virtual event.

Black rat snake in leaves

MDC invites public to Aug. 6 virtual kayaking program for beginners

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 04, 2020

Online program will focus on kayak selection and what gear is needed.

A kayak docked on a stream

MDC to offer online Beginning Camping class Aug. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 04, 2020

Learn everything you’ll need to create the ultimate family nature outing at this free, virtual program.

Kids sit in a tent while camping

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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