It's a Capital Idea

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Published on: May. 2, 2004

Last revision: Nov. 16, 2010

to deer processing and fly-fishing, to nature quilting and hiking. They are available throughout the year.

Runge Conservation Nature Center is located on Highway 179 just minutes from the Missouri State Capitol. The Nature Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5p.m. The area is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.

When you are in Jefferson City, make it a point to come and enjoy time at Runge. It's a CAPITAL idea!

In honor of G. ANDY RUNGE (1930-1991)

Andy Runge contributed a lifetime of effort to the field of conservation. The following are a few of the highlights of the life of one of the greatest conservationists in Missouri's history.

1970-73: President of the Missouri Prairie Foundation

1973-79: Missouri Conservation Commissioner

1978: Conservationist of the Year by Conservation Federation of Missouri

1982-83: President of the Missouri Prairie Foundation

1986-88: President of Conservation Federation of Missouri

1988: Citizen Volunteer Conservation Award by Chevron U. S. A., Inc.

1989: Member, University of Missouri System Board of Curators


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  • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area offers 6,987 acres of important habitat for fish and wildlife in a rapidly developing area near St. Louis. The area also offers plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities.
  • Rockwoods Reservation is a 1,843-acre state forest and wildlife oasis in western St. Louis County. Established in 1938, it is one of the oldest Conservation Department areas. It is known for introducing many youngsters to the basic concepts of conservation.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Conservation Center, in Branson, is one of Missouri's most popular attractions. Visitors can see giant brown and rainbow trout, hike four trails and fish for trout in the Table Rock Lake tailwaters.
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center offers the peace and quiet of an Ozark forest amid the hectic pace of the city. Here, the sounds of traffic and smells of asphalt yield to bird calls and the earthy fragrance of damp leaves.
  • Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is nestled in the center of 1,100 acres of forest, glade, prairie, ponds, open fields, creeks and savannas. Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is located in Blue Springs.
  • Lost Valley Visitor Center is at the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery at Warsaw. The center contains a number of exhibits, a 12,700-gallon aquarium, a kids fishing pond, and a close-up view of a state-of-the-art fish hatchery.

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