Conservation Celebrations in Kansas City and St. Joseph this Weekend

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 host an 80th anniversary open house for the public to get information and provide feedback on conservation programs 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City.

The program will begin at 5 p.m. with a tour of wildflowers, grasses and trees in the Discovery Center’s outdoor classroom and native plant garden. A second tour will begin at 5:30 p.m.  From 6 to 6:45 p.m., MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley and other local speakers will make opening remarks. Director Pauley will share insights on the department’s history, conservation priorities, and challenges on the horizon. Visitors can tour exhibits and visit with Pauley and other MDC staff from 6:45 to 8 p.m. MDC staff will be present to answer questions and take comments from attendees.

Attendees are encouraged to give feedback on department regulations, infrastructure, strategic priorities, and statewide and local conservation issues.

“Citizen involvement and participation have always been important to the Department of Conservation,” said Conservation Commissioner Dave Murphy. “Whether through gathering input from hunters on deer season regulations, or hikers and birdwatchers on how a conservation area should be managed, we value public input. We want to hear from you.”

No registration is required for this free event. Refreshments will be served. The first 80 attendees will receive special gift items from MDC.

Can’t make the open house? Share comments online by clicking here.. For more information, call MDC’s Discovery Center at 816-759-7300.

MDC to host free Fish-or-Treat event Oct. 28 in St. Joseph

No fright, just fun and fishing, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers  a free Fish-or-Treat family event 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Everyday Pond on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Visitors are welcome to come in costume (or not) for fishing, games, and prizes.

The free Fish-or-Treat event 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, at
Everyday Pond in St. Joseph will offer fishing, games, and prizes.

Veteran anglers or newcomers to fishing are welcome, and children are invited to wear costumes while they enjoy fishing, games, and prizes. MDC staff members can assist with fishing skills such as casting with a rod and reel or handling fish that are caught. Loaner fishing gear will be available. The event is designed to be a fun event for children and parents, grandparents or guardians. Participants can make a test run in Halloween costumes, do some fishing, and perhaps land a treat.

Everyday pond is on James McCarthy Drive, a quarter mile south of Faraon Street. For more information about Fish-or-Treat, call 816-271-3100. Visit the MDC website to learn more about MDC programs and Missouri’s great outdoors.

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