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MDC 2021 Natural Events Calendars available for half through Powder Valley Nature Center Dec. 8-19

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 04, 2020

Take advantage of this 10-day sale on these popular calendars and get contact-less pick up at the nature center.

2021 Natural Events calendar

MDC offers free firearm optics seminar Dec. 8 at Parkville

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 04, 2020
Learn how to select, install, and sight in hunting scopes
woman shooting rifle at range

Make wildlife ornaments with MDC’s Nature's Gifts program Dec. 13 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020
MDC naturalists are offering free morning and afternoon classes, and including all materials required.
wildlife-inspired ornaments

Birds highlight Springfield Nature Center's December schedule

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 03, 2020

Programs on waterfowl, barred owls, and Big Year birding results are planned.

Barred owl on branch

Join MDC for virtual Venison Burger and Sausage Making class Dec. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 03, 2020

Learn to transform your harvest into delicious and healthy meats ready for the table.

Venison chili

MDC’s Cape Nature Center’s free December programs include candlelit wood walk, much more

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 02, 2020
Mark your calendar to attend this month’s family friendly events.
two boys at campfire

MDC Dec. 9 online program has tips for preparing fish

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020

Get tips on smoking, pickling, canning, and other ways to prepare fish from the wild.

Trout

Wildlife tracking program helps MDC, partners contribute to migratory bird research across the hemisphere

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 01, 2020

Motus Wildlife Tracking System allows researchers across the globe to gather and share information on migrating birds.

Common Nighthawk

Learn to identify trees in winter at Dec. 12 MDC program near Branson

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Program will include outdoor hike near Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.
trees in winter

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 01, 2020

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

Red bellied woodpecker at feeder

MDC's Springfield Nature Center trails to be closed Dec. 12-14 for managed archery deer hunt

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Nature Center building will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

MDC reports young hunters took 3,899 deer during late youth portion

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 30, 2020
Top counties for the record-setting late youth portion were Osage, Pike, and Franklin.
MDC color logo

MDC online program on Dec. 2 offers tips on grilling fish

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 30, 2020

Get information on the techniques and ingredients needed to grill or bake fish from the wild.

Fish on grill

Get creative this Dec. with MDC’s free wreath-making sessions

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 30, 2020

Each participant will receive a 12” wreath and additional materials to fashion a one-of-a-kind holiday masterpiece.

Holiday nature wreath

MDC offers special sales for 2021 Natural Events Calendars

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 30, 2020

Calendars celebrating nature will be 50 percent off Dec. 8-18 at nature centers

2021 Natural Events calendar

MDC to host ‘one-of-a-kind’ holiday gift-making event Dec. 7 in Puxico

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 25, 2020
Learn how to use items such as tree cookies, twigs, pine needles, pinecones, and acorns to make rustic ornaments and other treasures.
six women holding ornaments

MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 176,604

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 25, 2020
Top harvest counties were Howell, Franklin, and Texas.
Robert McGrath with harvested buck

Join MDC in free citizen science program for winter birds Dec. 5 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 25, 2020
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will host session on tracking birds with technology
birds at feeder

MDC offers free winter trout fishing and cooking clinics in the Kansas City area

Nov 25, 2020

Learn how to prepare trout for eating, and youths can learn how to catch trout

A grandfather and his grandson show off a trout they caught.

MDC suggests tree identification adds fun to winter hikes

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 24, 2020

Trees reveal sculpture-like patterns in winter

Bare trees in skyline

MDC to hold virtual Cooking Wild for the Holidays class Dec. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 24, 2020

Enhance holiday gatherings with delicious dishes sourced from nature.

Crawfish dish

MDC Managed Waterfowl Hunts Going to COVID Level Red Starting Wednesday

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 24, 2020
All managed waterfowl hunts will be designated COVID Red Level effective Wednesday, Nov. 25.
waterfowl hunter in wetland

MDC Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to close for Thanksgiving

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Cape Girardeau Nature Center and Southeast Regional Offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Give Holiday Gifts from MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 24, 2020
Visit the MDC online Nature Shop and MDC nature centers for nature-related holiday gifts.
2021 Natural Events Calendar_Cover

MDC reminds hunters of fall, winter safety measures

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Wear hunter orange when applicable, check your equipment, have permission to hunt an area and follow that area’s regulations.
hunter aiming rifle

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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