News & Announcements

Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

The Missouri Department of Conservation hosts an 80th anniversary openhouse Thursday, October 26 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, and a Fish-or-Treat family event at Everyday Pond on the MWSU campus in St. Joseph on Saturday, October 28. MDC to host 80th anniversary open house Oct. 26 in KC MDC will […]

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers an all-online hunter-education course for Missouri residents 16 years or older to provide a more flexible and convenient option to become hunter-education certified. The all-online course includes videos and animation to teach hunter safety, firearm safety, ethics, regulations, and wildlife management. “The way adults are learning is ever changing. […]

2018 Federal Duck Stamp Design Winner Announced

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual art contest, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Noel Fine Arts Center. Hautman’s acrylic painting […]

girls preparing to fish

Fresh air, fun, fishing and wildlife, all can be enjoyed as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) host Family Outdoors Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. This free event will have exhibits and stations where experts […]

MDC Flood Dam

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues work on evaluating and repairing river and stream accesses damaged by flooding earlier this spring. Most flood damage occurred to MDC accesses in the Ozarks on the Current River, North Fork of the White River, and the Gasconade River. MDC reports most accesses have already been repaired by […]

Great AMerican campout

Missouri State Parks is inviting everyone to experience an outdoor adventure with family and friends in state parks and historic sites during the Great American Campout on June 24. The Great American Campout is a nationwide initiative by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage families and communities to connect and experience the outdoors. It is […]

girls standing in life jackets

What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water – during National Safe Boating […]

various wildlife

Missouri’s spring turkey hunting season is over. However, turkey watching season is still on. Gobblers and groups of gobblers are still strutting their spring stuff at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs, often not far from hiking trails. Deer, songbirds and other watchable wildlife are also out and about for hikers to […]

boys canoeing

News and events from Missouri Department of Conservation May/June issue are online now at The current issue of the Kansas City regional newsletter will give you information for four Missouri Department of Conservation locations in the Kansas City area and the FREE programs each have scheduled.  Some of the programs require registration; you will find […]


The May issue of Nature’s Calling video, published by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is now available. This monthly update covers some hot topics from projects throughout the MDC. This month’s segment provides valuable information about the Discover Nature Schools program, Great Missouri Birding Trail, and Hummingbirds. Content and Video from the Missouri Department of […]