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Conservation Updates with the Missouri Department of Conservation

Join the Endangered Wolf Center on Thursday, September 21st at 6:30 pm as we welcome Aaron Jeffries of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Aaron will discuss the the 85-year, rich history of the Missouri Department of Conservation and how the Department was created by the citizens of Missouri in the 1930s and eventually became know as the Missouri Model of Conservation.

Aaron will also provide an update on a variety of Department programs and services, including:

– Missouri’s growing black bear population
– Research on wild turkey
– The restoration of regal fritillary butterflies and brown-headed nuthatches
– Community conservation efforts in downtown St. Louis

About Our Speaker:
Aaron Jeffries

Growing up in Jefferson City, my family constantly encouraged my love of the outdoors. Like many folks, my early adventures in hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, and gardening greatly influenced my passion for these activities today. I have fond memories of squirrel and quail hunting with my dad, turkey hunting with my grandfather, and canoeing Ozark streams with my family and friends. These experiences have greatly expanded my appreciation for Missouri’s diverse natural communities and outdoor heritage.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Science and Master of Science Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Missouri. During my career with the Department, I have worked as a wildlife biologist, policy specialist, area biologist, upland game coordinator, governmental relations specialist, private land program supervisor, and assistant to the director. Since 2016 I’ve served as a deputy director for the Department.


We are grateful to our event sponsors, Virgil and Sandra VanTrease. Please arrive by 6:15 pm to allow time for parking.

🗓️ When: September 21, 2023, at 6:30 pm
📍 Where: Endangered Wolf Center, Tyson’s Living Learning Classroom
🎟️ Tickets: FREE