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MDC offers FREE Birding Teacher Workshop Oct. 7 in West Plains

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 24, 2019

Teachers will learn the Discover Nature Schools Nature Unleashed (Grades 3-5) curriculum.

An indigo bunting perches on a branch.

MDC offers hunter education skills sessions in SWMO

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 23, 2019
Skills sessions are mandatory for hunter education students ages 15-under.
a hunter-education instructor shows a class attendee how to load a shotgun.

MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 20, 2019
Youth ages 6-15 who have never Telechecked a deer may register for hunt this fall.
young deer hunter with mentor

MDC invites female anglers to Sept. 28 FREE fishing event at Bennett Springs

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 20, 2019
Sept. 28 trout-fishing event allows female anglers of all ages to fish for free.
woman trout fishing

Deer hunting clinic, Halloween event highlight MDC Springfield Nature Center's October schedule

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 19, 2019
Get tips on whitetails and see super heroes deliver a conservation-themed message.
two people deer hunting

MDC says quail and pheasant numbers steady despite rough start

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 19, 2019
MDC predicts 2019 season to be similar to 2018.
region map of quail roadside survey index

MDC invites youth, families to trapping clinic in Callaway County Oct. 5-6

News from the region

Central
Sep 19, 2019
Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.
trappers in creek

MDC and East Central College offer class on cooking with venison Oct. 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 18, 2019

Chef Mike of East Central College will reveal unique and delicious ways to prepare deer meat.

A Chinese-style dish prepared with venison.

MDC offers FREE Beginner Fur Trapping Workshop Oct. 19 at Twin Pines

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants will learn how to set traps, regulations, ethics and trap preparation.

A man holds a conibear trap for fur trapping.

MDC offers Women’s Handgun workshop in Houston Oct. 6

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2019

Participants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the program.

A conservation agent supervises a group of women during a handgun workshop.

MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center to hold birthday party for two-headed snake

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 17, 2019

Event will celebrate unique reptile that was found in Stone County in 2017.

A woman holds a two-headed western rat snake at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

MDC monitors wetland conditions as fall waterfowl seasons approach

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 17, 2019

Flooding has affected habitat at Grand Pass, not as much at Settle's Ford and Montrose conservation areas.

Ducks swimming and flying in a wetland area.

Get native plants and learn about monarch butterflies Sept. 21 at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 16, 2019

Buy native plants and see how migrating monarchs are tagged at free event.

A monarch butterfly pollinating a flower.

MDC invites you to the iNaturalist Family Festival at Powder Valley Nature Center Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019
Learn how a powerful, free mobile app can put a world of nature knowledge in the palm of your hand.
iNaturalist App on phone

Teachers invited to attend MDC’s free basic archery instructor training at Kirkwood Community Center Oct. 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 16, 2019

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

A group of students prepare to release their arrows during an archery class.

MDC invites families to outdoor fun day in Macon Sept. 28

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 13, 2019
Learn outdoor skills from some of the biggest outdoor enthusiasts in the area.
girl with agent holding fish

Discover and sample nature’s edibles at Powder Valley Nature Center’s Harvest Wild event Sept. 28

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 12, 2019
A limited number of openings are available for this free field-to-fork event.
cooked wild duck kabobs

Construction project doesn't get in the way of trout fishing at Roaring River

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 12, 2019
Despite renovation of MDC hatchery, it's business as usual for anglers at this popular state park.
Man Trout Fishing at Roaring River

MDC partners with Lincoln University to host Timber Stand Improvement workshop Oct. 12

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2019
Free seminar will introduce landowners to TSI practices, benefits to wildlife, and forest health.
MDC forester discusses Timber Stand Improvement in woods with landowner

MDC to offer youth outdoor skills day at Union Ridge Conservation Area Sept. 28

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 11, 2019
Register youth ages 6-15 for a free JAKES program on a variety of outdoor skills.
MDC staff person teaches boy named Jackson archery

Flooding affects some waterfowl areas in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 11, 2019
Hunting opportunities will be normal at some areas and limited at others
ducks on wetland

MDC invites teachers to Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked workshop Sept. 27 at Shaw Nature Reserve

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
Educators will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.
boy looking at tadpole

CANCELLED: WildHeart to perform in concert at Powder Valley Nature Center Sept. 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 10, 2019
The kids’ nature song spinner Jan Syrigos of WildHeart returns for an upbeat, family-friendly performance.
Jan Syrigos of WildHeart shows a puppet to a boy

MDC shares CWD info for upcoming deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 09, 2019
Help MDC limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in Missouri
CWD Management Zone Map

MDC co-hosts youth deer hunting clinic in Hawk Point Oct. 12

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 09, 2019
Youths, ages 6-15, will learn hunting basics from experienced adults during this free learning opportunity.
Participants of 2018 Hawk Point Youth Deer Hunting Clinic

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