Workshops, Events & Activities

Annual Forestkeepers Conference22712257_1621076627913859_6686391779520016980_o

This Year, Missouri Forestkeepers spent the day hiking through Engelmann Woods Conservation Area to learn about forest management and its effect on birds. They were joined by three members of the Audubon Society who helped us find and identify birds during the hike.

Engelmann Woods CA has in interesting history and is a great example of how management can help maintain healthy ecosystems. According to MDC, “The Conservation Department acquired this area from the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1982. The Garden had acquired the property from former owner Irene W. Johnson in 1945. The natural area is named to honor George Engelmann, the German-born physician and botanist who devoted much of his time and energy to collecting and cataloguing plants throughout North America during the 1830s. Engelmann was a key advisor to St. Louis businessman Henry Shaw who established the Missouri Botanical Garden – today a world center for plant study.”

Lunch was then served at Busch Conservation area as Brian Schweiss from the Missouri Department of Conservation recognized six ForestKeepers for their excellent work over the last year.

Check out the calendar!


Upcoming Landowner and Forestry Events by Region

Northwest Region

Northeast Region

MDC – Prescribed Burn Workshop

Location: Adair County – Kirksville, MO
Date: Mar 25, 2017 09:00 am – Mar 25, 2017 02:00 pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office – 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville
Register by March 20
Call John Murphy, Private Land Conservationist, at 660-651-0644

GROW NATIVE!- Workshop and Plant Sale

Location: Adair County – Kirksville, MO
Date: April 1, 2017 09:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office – 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville

Cost: $30 for Grow Native! and Missouri Prairie Foundation members, $40 for non-members, $20 for students. Includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Register online or download the registration form in PDF format to pay by check.
2 CEUs available for Landscape Architects.

Kansas City Region

MDC-Native Plant Sale

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Mar 18, 2017 01:00 pm – Mar 18, 2017 03:30 pm

No registration required (adults)Missouri Wildflower Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale while supplies last. For more information email

MDC- All About Trees

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Apr 01, 2017 10:00 am – Apr 01, 2017 11:00 am

No registration required (all ages) Are you thinking about adding a tree to your landscape? How do you pick one? Let’s learn the basics about trees, from how they grow to how to plant, prune and maintain them. This program will focus on Missouri native trees. A free tree seedling will be available in honor of Arbor Day. For more information email

MDC- Whither Missouri? Aldo Leopold’s Challenge

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Apr 04, 2017 06:00 pm – Apr 04, 2017 07:30 pm

Walk-in (adults) Aldo Leopold is considered the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century and his concepts of land health and a land ethic continue to inspire millions. Susan Flader, MU professor emerita of environmental, western and Missouri history, will explore Leopold’s frequent engagement with Missouri and Missourians, and the challenges he posed and still poses for our time. Come early for a reception from 6-6:30 p.m., presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

GROW NATIVE!- Snowball Hill Prairie Tour

Location: Snowball Hill Prairie
Date: Apr 08, 2017 02:00 pm 

Tour limited to 30. Free. Register for tour. Questions? Call 888-843-6739. Register for the tour

MDC- Native Plant Sale

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Apr 15, 2017 09:30 am – Apr 15, 2017 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation is partnering with Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Gaylena’s Garden to provide native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees for purchase on site. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri. To preorder from the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery call 573-496-3492 or e-mail: To preorder from Gaylena’s Garden call 573-694-4338.

Central Region

MDC- Native Plant Sale

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Mar 25, 2017 10:00 am – Mar 25, 2017 02:00 pm

No registration required.
Welcome to our annual native plant sale! It’s time to purchase beautiful and hardy flowers, shrubs, and trees. The sale is a partnership with the Grow Native! program through the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Missouri Woodland Conference

Location: Missouri Farm Bureau Building, Jefferson City, MO
Date: April 4-5, 2017

For more information or to register, go to the Missouri Walnut Council website:

GROW NATIVE!- Native Tree Walk

Location: Meet at the  8th Street Circle, near McAlester Park. 
Date: April 23, 2017 10:00 am 

Native tree walk in recognition of the 5th anniversary of MPF as the home of the Grow Native! program, in partnership with Mizzou Botanic Garden. Dr. Chris Starbuck, Associate Professor Emeritus with MU’s Division of Plant Sciences will be your guide to native native trees and shrubs on the MU campus, which is also a nationally recognized botanical garden.  Coincides with the Columbia Earth Day Event. Dress comfortably for a 1.5-hour walking tour that will help you identify and learn about our native trees. Limited to 30 adults. Register here. Free. Questions? Call 888-843-6738. Register now.

St. Louis Region

MDC- Spring Cleaning At Fort Belle Fontaine Park

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Apr 01, 2017 10:00 am – Apr 01, 2017 12:00 pm

(All ages)
No reservations necessary.
Add beauty to Fort Belle Fontaine Park by assisting with litter removal. Equipment provided, but may wish to bring gloves. Stop at the guard house at the entrance to the park property to sign in as a visitor and ask directions to the Grand Staircase. In Partnership with the Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

SUGAR CREEK GARDENS- Build Your Own Bird Sanctuary

Location: Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 N. WoodlawnSt. Louis, MO 63122-2803
Date: Apr 12, 2017 5:30 Pm – 6:30 pm

Saint Louis Audubon Society Executive Director Mitch Leachman will discuss how to create a bird sanctuary of your own. Highlights include discussion of how to use native plants to create a bird habitat in your yard, what plants are especially attractive to birds and what bird species we can expect to see in Saint Louis. Information will be provided about the Saint Louis Audubon “Bring Conservation Home” program to help you on this project.

For more info, please visit Sugar Creek Gardens.

Southwest Region

MDC- Native Plant Sale and Workshops

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Apr 01, 2017 09:00 am – Apr 01, 2017 02:00 pm

Stop by anytime to purchase native plants from a variety of plant vendors and pick up some nature-friendly information from our many exhibitors. There will be a series of guest speakers on topics related to native plants. Call 417-888-4237 for a flier of the day’s activities. No registration required.

Ozark Region

MDC- State Forest Nursery Open House

Location: George O. White State Forest Nursery
Date: Apr 01, 2017 09:00 am – 02:00 pm

Tour the nursery and see how we grow, store, and ship almost three million tree seedlings every year. Learn about native plants and trees, enjoy fishing demonstrations at the three-acre lake, meet Smokey Bear, and chat with conservation experts. Free hot dogs, chips, and cookies. Tours are by appointment. Call (573) 674-3229 to reserve a time.

Reserve by Mar 30, 2017

FWAM- Timber Sales 101 For Landowners

Location: Riverfront Park, Van Buren, MO
Date: March 24, 2017, 1-4 pm

For more information or to register, call 573-323-8790

Southeast Region

MDC- Bashin’ Trash: Cape LaCroix Creek

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Apr 22, 2017 09:00 am – Apr 22, 2017 12:00 pm

The nature center is partnering with the Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department to clean up Cape LaCroix Creek during their annual Park Day. Gather your friends, family, or organization to help bring the beauty back to the creek between Walden Park and Shawnee Sports Complex. We’ll meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park to divide and conquer. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided at Capaha Park afterwards. Youth and adult groups welcome.