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Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come by the nature center to view the lobby exhibit featuring artist Jim Peters. Jim primarily paints in the challenging medium of transparent watercolor. His unique method of painting with "other liquids" is an original technique. These paintings are rendered mixing the paint with other water-soluble liquids such as milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade as well as beer, wine, and whiskey.

Another unique and original aspect of Jim's work is that he uses water from the source of the subject he is painting. For instance, if Jim is painting a snow scene, he will use melted snow in place of tap water; for creek scenes, creek water, for lakes, lake water, etc.

Jim and his wife, Betty, reside in rural Franklin County just outside of Washington, MO.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center has free fishing rods, reels, and tackle to loan. Stop by the front desk anytime during business hours, sign out the equipment, and have fun fishing!

Call 573-526-5544 or email Runge@mdc.mo.gov for details.

Register by June 26

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Do you have what it takes to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join MDC naturalists as we discover valuable survival skills. Learn the correct actions to take if you find yourself in a survival situation, including how to build a shelter and fire.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Register by June 28

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6).
Yip! Bark! Hooowl! Coyotes make many sounds to communicate with each other. Trot in to learn more about an important predator and do some coyote calling of our own!

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many beautiful quilts will be on display at Runge Nature Center during July and August, crafted by participants of the Nature's Needlers program. Celebrating 22 years of nature quilts!

Register by July 3

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

** EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 15! ** Registration required (ages 8+). Join us for a caving adventure! We will take an interpretive 1-hour tour of Stark Caverns as we learn more about how caves are formed and who is living there. Bring lunch and a light jacket. Cave is ADA accessible.

Register by July 5

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 5–Radical Reptiles

Register by July 5

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two!

Register by July 12

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 12–Archery is Awesome!

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
Join us for the short trip to Columbia’s Shooting Star Trail at Rock Bridge State Park. This is the second of our Four Seasons Hikes. Although stormy weather cancelled our springtime visit, we expect this trail to be lovely in summer with a shady canopy and gently flowing creek. Bring your camera to capture the beauty! The hike is about 2.5 miles, with some moderate inclines. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Register by July 15

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Spend the day with us as we paddle, float, and explore the Gasconade River. Runge will provide round-trip transportation from the nature center, kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation devices. Pack a lunch and personal items in a dry bag. Participants must complete a permission form, available from the nature center.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Bothwell State Historical Site, Pettis County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 3 miles

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Another easily recognized butterfly, the Great Spangled Fritillary, is the subject of our July meeting. Find out where to find this Flying Jewel and what its favorite food is. Enjoy sharing quilting tips or just come for the informative program.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two!

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Another easily recognized butterfly, the Great Spangled Fritillary, is the subject of our July meeting. Find out where to find this Flying Jewel and what its favorite food is. Enjoy sharing quilting tips or just come for the informative program.

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

*** This event will be held at the Conservation Commission Headquarters located at 2901 W. Truman Blvd. Look for the blue Runge canopy. ***

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 19–Fishing Fun

Register by July 25

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

*** This event will be held at the Conservation Commission Headquarters located at 2901 W. Truman Blvd. Look for the blue Runge canopy. ***

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 26–Can you Canoe?

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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