Our Mission is to protect and manager the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.
Within the Kansas City metro, we operate the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center and Burr Oak Woods Nature Centers which provide free nature exhibits, school programs and free public programs on a wide variety of nature programming including natural history of native plants and animals and outdoor skills such as archery, hunter education and fishing. Both have paved and natural surface trails, picnic tables and restrooms.
Our Lake City and Parma Woods Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Centers provide safe, low cost shooting ranges for public use as well as free classes on safe firearm use and maintenance, entry level how-to hunt and hunter education.
James A. Reed, Guy B. Park, Platte Falls and Cooley Lake Conservation Areas are all managed by the Department and have a variety of wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities. Each site is different with some having wheelchair accessible archery ranges and fishing opportunities. There are a variety of managed hunt opportunities within the metro including hunts specifically for those with disabilities. Do you permanently rely on a wheelchair? You are guaranteed a spot in one of two area managed hunts if mail in a written request by July 31 each year. Details can be found in our Fall Deer and Turkey Regulations and Information booklet. The 2020 information can be found here.
Organizations working with individuals who have mobility issues can also borrow a set of track chairs for any nature related activities. Whether bird watching, hunting or fishing these chairs will take users almost anywhere.
For Information on area facilities, events, conservation areas and managed hunts
mdc.mo.gov or contact our regional office.
Missouri Department of Conservation Birds and Blooms
Spring has arrived and with it the first wave of wildflowers and winged wonders on their way north. The native landscape at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center should be bursting with flowering trees, blooming wildflowers and returning birds. Join us for a one hour exploration of our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms and the birds. This beginner level class will utilize the flat, paved trail and some hard packed woodchip trails. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather.
You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.