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Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come view Missouri, Naturally paintings in our lobby by artist Dave Carter, during the months of March and April.
Artist’s Statement
“Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man”.
This Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote effectively describes the two paths my artwork has traversed these past few years. On the one hand I enjoy producing traditional paintings of land and seascapes, portraits, and wildlife—surface considerations of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting to the spirit. On the other
hand I am moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the soul with something unexpected.
The “job” of the visual artist is to react and respond to any and all aspects of existence as it appears materially, as it is experienced rationally/intuitively, and as it is discerned metaphysically. None of these very different approaches to depiction is superior to the others. As a culture, we need all of them to maintain a balance of familiar expectations, exploratory comprehension, and adventurous surprise.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Sulphur butterflies put the “butter” in butterfly. Learn how to attract these yellow to orange butterflies to your garden. This is the fourth block in the Flying Jewels series. Beginning and experienced quilters welcome.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Sulphur butterflies put the “butter” in butterfly. Learn how to attract these yellow to orange butterflies to your garden. This is the fourth block in the Flying Jewels series. Beginning and experienced quilters welcome.

Register by April 19

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
Some turtles have armor, some turtles have skin, some are tiny and some really big! Crawl in for some turtle talks, turtle walks, turtle tales, and even some close encounters with real turtles!

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What's Popping Up In Spring?
Registration required (ages 18+).
Join us to learn about spring flowers you see in your yard or on your nature hike. We will be making a “spring up” greeting card. If available, bring a circle punch and crafting/scoring board.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Many wild animals are born in the springtime. Come join us for crafts, activities, games, and guided hikes at 11 AM and 1 PM. Let’s learn more about wild animal babies in our own backyard.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What's Popping Up In Spring?
Registration required (ages 18+).
Join us to learn about spring flowers you see in your yard or on your nature hike. We will be making a “spring up” greeting card. If available, bring a circle punch and crafting/scoring board.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Register by April 25

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Some turtles have armor, some turtles have skin, some are tiny and some really big! Crawl in for some turtle talks, turtle walks, turtle tales, and even some close encounters with real turtles!

Register by April 24

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Smoke & Fire: history and legend of the long rifle on the American frontier, 1754 - 1850. No other single object in the American experience has as much history, legend or lore associated with it. The long rifle is a truly American invention and in the forests and prairies of the expanding frontier it made its mark. Whether carried by Daniel Boone into the wilds of Kentucky, Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discover or with William Becknell down the Santa Fe trail, these rifles shaped our country. Join MDC Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers as we explore the history and contemporary use of the long rifle.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 15+).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Prairie Garden Trust, which is known for its wonderful birding in the spring. It is a popular stopover for many very colorful migrants. Dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camden County. We will be hiking the Devil's Kitchen and Spring Trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC’s own Noppadol Paothong.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Come nestle in with us here at Runge while we explore diverse Missouri bird’s nests and all
their eggs hidden within! Lobby activities will include discovery tables, crafts, games, and other bird watching activities. Fly on over and adventure with us!

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

November 6, 1818 dawned cool, clear and pure; it was going to be a perfect fall day in the Missouri territory. A gentle breeze blew from the south-west and the dried oak leaves crunched as they walked up the hill. Upon reaching the summit Henry and Levi took one last look at the valley that lay below. The small hamlet of Mine á Breton (present day Potosi) with its smoking chimneys and lead smelters drifted smoke to the north. As they turned from the view they looked west; behind them laid Schoolcraft’s unfortunate business failure, but in front of them lay a vast untamed Ozark wilderness rich with the promise of a fresh start and abundant wildlife like elk, bear, deer, turkey, bison, mountain lions, and wolves. Join MDC Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers as we explore the natural history of the pre-settlement Ozarks and how modern-day explorers can learn from Schoolcraft’s journey.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years accompanied by a registered adult).
1st Seasonal Hike
Shooting Star Trail
Dan Bernskoetter

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+).
Save your turkey wings and turn them into wingbone turkey calls in this hands-on workshop. Turkey wings must be complete with shoulder and elbow joints. There will be a limited number of wing bones for those who can not provide their own.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 6 years and older, children accompanied by an adult)
What is a topographic map? How do you navigate with a compass? Learn the basics of using a map and compass during this workshop. Bring your compass or use one of ours and be prepared to go outside.

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Audubon Trail-Rolla, Phelps County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Legends of Conservation presents:

The Art of Conservation

A Visit with Ding Darling

with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder why we have chiggers? Why do we need stinging nettles? The answer is in part to the red admiral butterfly, the 5th block in the series, Flying Jewels. Nettles are the primary host plant for this beautiful butterfly and another example of the interconnections in nature. Please join us to find out other unique facts about this butterfly and shar quilting tips with others.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder why we have chiggers? Why do we need stinging nettles? The answer is in part to the red admiral butterfly, the 5th block in the series, Flying Jewels. Nettles are the primary host plant for this beautiful butterfly and another example of the interconnections in nature. Please join us to find out other unique facts about this butterfly and shar quilting tips with others.

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