Events

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Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really wear. This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years).
Chef Ryan Davis of Argyle Catering is partnering with MDC staff at Runge Conservation Nature Center to bring nature to your plate. Come sample featured dishes prepared from wild ingredients and learn how to prepare your own!

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you will need one child in the ages 0-2 ages range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really wear. This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
*Lobby activities for all ages!
*Live eagle presentations at
10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.
*Eagle viewing site at
Marion Access with
high-powered scopes.

Register by January 30

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really wear. This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 31

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years).
Tying flies can be easy, relaxing, and fun! Come learn the basics of fly-tying and see how flies can imitate insects and other foods to fool various species of fish. This one's for the whole family, so come have fun and learn a new skill! Each participant will need to register separately.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages welcome).
Happy Groundhogs Day!
Come celebrate and enjoy discovery tables, crafts, and games all about groundhogs!

Register by February 12

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18 years).
Have you ever wanted to catch a trout? Join us for an afternoon of winter trout fishing at McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City. Equipment and instruction will be provided for this program. Meet Runge naturalists in the parking lot on the west side of the lake above the playground area. Participants 16 years and older must have a Missouri fishing permit and all participants wanting to keep fish must have a Missouri trout permit prior to attending the program. A permission form, available at the nature center or the lake the day of the program, must be completed before attending.

Register by February 14

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 3-6 years).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ivan Vining, biometrician with Missouri Department of Conservation will present "Vultures: A Symbol of Environmental Health".

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

END OF FEBRUARY/EARLY MARCH • EVENING Registration required (all ages).
Spring brings warm, wet weather...which means salamanders are coming! The best time to find spotted salamanders is during their annual migration to their breeding ponds during the first warm, evening rain of the spring. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders.
Due to the specific weather conditions required, this will be a short- notice program that may be any day of the week. We will contact participants via phone and email the morning of the program with a specific start time. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (14+ years).
WHOO doesn't like the sound of owls when walking in the woods? Join us in learning more about owls in Missouri. You will be making greeting cards after hand stitching on paper.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (All ages welcome).
Come discover the world of fly tying. Learn what makes a "fly", how the action of a fly entices fish, where we get fly tying materials, and even make up our own flies!

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Badgers digging in the prairies, otters playing in the rivers, minks hunting in the lowlands–what do they have in common with each other? Join Powder Valley Naturalist Elizabeth Cosbey as we learn how these interesting predators, in the weasel family, have different adaptations that help them live in such different parts of the habitat.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (14+ years).
WHOO doesn't like the sound of owls when walking in the woods? Join us in learning more about owls in Missouri. You will be making greeting cards after hand stitching on paper.

Register by February 19

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years).
Canaan Conservation Area, Gasconade County near Mt. Sterling. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 6 miles

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (18+ years).
Not all butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Where do the black swallowtails overwinter? Find out this and other interesting facts about this large butterfly. Come for the quilt patterns or just for the program!

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (18+ years).
Not all butterflies migrate to warmer climates. Where do the black swallowtails overwinter? Find out this and other interesting facts about this large butterfly. Come for the quilt patterns or just for the program!

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
A warm, wet spring means salamanders are on the move. Investigate the life of these unique, slimy amphibians. Have your raincoat and boots ready, and join us as we prowl around the nature center grounds in search of spotted salamanders.

Register by February 22

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 0-2 years).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Mark Twain National Forest in Boone County. We will be hiking the Moon Loop portion of Cedar Creek Trail. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 7 miles

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+, ages 14-18 may participate with an adult).
Join us to make beautiful nature jewelry from deer antlers, spent shotgun shells, turkey and duck feathers and more! We will provide all materials.

Register by February 27

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 3-6 years).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

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