Events

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Jul 27, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 27, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 3-6 years) What's all that noise? The sounds of summer are all around us. Bug sounds are as distinct as bird songs. Come and join our bug chorus this month. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Jul 26, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 09:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Start your buzzy weekend off by celebrating insect pollinators at Runge. We'll sing the praises of pollinators as we discover how important they are to our lives. Have fun waggling like a bee, being lured to flowers, and meeting some peculiar characters as we share our passion about pollinators with you. It is fun for everyone. 573-526-5544

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 05, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 0-2 years) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 04, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 05, 2016 01:30 pm

No registration required. (all ages) The animals are hungry. Join us and watch as we feed the aquarium fish and snapping turtles. 573-526-5544

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 11, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 11, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (ages 13-17 years) National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)is a very effective way to teach archery and is used in many of our local schools. We will be using the NASP method for this introduction to the sport of archery. Instruction will begin indoors and then we will spend time outside testing our archery skills. Come prepared to be involved. You will find it irresistible! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 10, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 11, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 11, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (adult, women) Archery is a lifetime sport, enjoyed by all. This is an opportunity for women of various ages to learn a new skill or perhaps revisit an old one We will provide all necessary equipment and instructors for an evening of shooting. This program is based on the National Archery in the Schools Program. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 10, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 02:00 pm

Registration required (ages 8 and older, children accompanied by an adult) Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center and drive to Onondaga Cave State Park, located in Leasburg, to hike the Blue Heron Trail. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail length: .5 mile. Terrain: Moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks or roots. Notes: There is a fee to enter the cave. Staff will contact you with the cost. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 11, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Visit us today in our lobby and see how nature inspires art. Members of the Columbia Weavers' and Spinners' Guild will be on hand to demonstrate weaving and other fiber arts. Hands-on opportunities await you as well. 573-526-5544

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 13, 2016 01:30 pm

No registration required. Bizz-zz-z...cha-zz-a...brez-zz-z...gazzee-e. What's all that noise about? It's the "Boisterous Bugs" getting ready for their show in Runge's Puppet Theater. When you come to their performance, you'll meet Grasshopper, Cricket, and their friends. Perhaps Salamander and Turtle will be there, too. Come see who pops up. 573-526-5544

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 16, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 16, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 0-2 years) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 15, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 17, 2016 05:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Scrivner Conservation Area in Cole County and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail length: 5 miles. Terrain: moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. Notes: bring lunch. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 17, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 3-6 years) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 10, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 01:30 pm - Aug 17, 2016 02:30 pm

Registration required (adults) Dragonflies, butterflies, and moths are adding their unique colors and acrobatics to our summer skies. Share an afternoon hearing about their appearances and antics as we color. Leaders will provide sheets and pencils or you may bring your own drawing tools. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am - Aug 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (adults) The mink is a fascinating mammal weighing in at one and a half pounds to three and a half pounds and standing 3 to 4 inches tall. Learn all about their lifestyle and create the eight block in The Seasons of Nature series. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 17, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 18, 2016 07:30 pm

Registration required (adults) The mink is a fascinating mammal weighing in at one and a half pounds to three and a half pounds and standing 3 to 4 inches tall. Learn all about their lifestyle and create the eight block in The Seasons of Nature series. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 17, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 05:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Rocky Falls and Klepzig mill Shut-ins, east of Eminence in Shannon County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail length: 2 miles. Terrain: moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. Notes: Bring your lunch. Also, bring wading shoes and wear something that can double as swim attire if you wish to take a dip in the creek. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 20, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required (adults, women) Summer is prime time for insects. Explore the life of the ladybug beetle as we create a card using origami The card will be designed for a special child in your life. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 20, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults, women) Summer is prime time for insects. Explore the life of the ladybug beetle as we create a card using origami The card will be designed for a special child in your life. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 23, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 23, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 ages arrange AND one child in the 3-6 age range.) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Bass pro Shops Bass Pro shop Lake
Date: Aug 23, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 23, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 1 - covers equipment, including rod and reel, casting, and proper fishing handling. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on a Tuesday evening in Aug/Sept. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov to register. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Please register on-line at http://tinyurl.com/o7s5gst

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Dragonflies and damselflies originate in the water and then take to the air with their wings Join us through discovery, exploration, and other activities to learn about their similarities and differences. 573-526-5544

Location: Bass Pro Shop Lake Columbia MO
Date: Aug 30, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 30, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 2 of 4 - covers knot tying, attaching a hook, baiting a hook, unhooking a fish, and stocking a basic tackle box. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on Tuesday evenings in August and Sept 2016. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for more information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Participants are requested to attend Lesson 1 first and complete all 4 Lessons to be eligible for a $25.00 grift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO
Date: Sep 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 13, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 3 of 4 - covers 5 common fish of Missouri. Their anatomy, habitat and life cycle. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on Tuesday evening in Aug and Sept. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for more information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Participants are requested to attend Lesson 1 first and complete all 4 Lessons to be eligible for a $25.00 grift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 20, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 4 of 4 - covers Fishing with lures and fishing regulations. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on a Thursday evening in June and July. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for additional information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes, participants are asked to attend Lesson 1 prior to attending other classes and to be eligible for a $25.00 gift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016

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