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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adventure calls and family fun awaits! Visit the Runge Nature Center front desk to start your quest. You will receive a booklet of adventures, activities, and challenges to complete and earn prizes!

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Winter is a great time to attract birds to your backyard. Join us at Runge and build your very own platform bird feeder to take home. Runge will provide all materials, tools, and some bird seed to get you started. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 7

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join a naturalist, virtually for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to some winter stories geared for the little ones, but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the link to participants by e-mail the morning of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages.
* presenter will send link to join the day of the program

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Nature gives us so many gifts! Join us to put them to use and create natural holiday decorations. This program will take place outside so please dress for the weather. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. *Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

Register by December 10

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Want to learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely? Join us and you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time! Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Love to shoot, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents.

Register by December 15

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Lake of the Ozarks State Park to join a guided hike along the Honey Run Trail. Trail: 4.2 miles; easy to moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. It's about an hour drive from Jefferson City. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Fire building with flint steel and tomahawk throwing are primitive skills that connect us to an earlier time. Join us to learn first-hand how these tools have been used over the ages and practice in our outdoor range. The outdoor range at Runge is not ADA accessible.

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Tasting harvested wild game is one of the most rewarding experiences from your hunt. Join this virtual program to learn how to prepare two dishes, seared duck breast and venison roast, with Runge Naturalist Karli Dawson. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will be sent a link from the presenter the day of the program.

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

This month we stay close to home at Binder Park in Jefferson City. There are 15 miles of trails at Binder and we will hike one or two of them. Trail: Easy to Moderate; 4-5 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch/snack, and bring a water bottle. We will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but ask that you meet at Runge to follow the hiking leaders to Binder or meet at the trailhead. Information on where to meet at Binder Park will be e-mailed to participants before the hike. Masks are required for this program. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Want to learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely? Join us and you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time! Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Love to shoot, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents.

Register by December 21

Date: Monday, December 21, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Tasting harvested wild game is one of the most rewarding experiences from your hunt. Join this virtual program to learn how to prepare two dishes, venison wellington and duck poppers, with Runge Naturalist Karli Dawson. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will be sent a link from the presenter the day of the program.

Register by December 22

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of removed invasive cedar trees by building your own wreath to take home. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 22

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of removed invasive cedar trees by building your own wreath to take home. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 22

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of removed invasive cedar trees by building your own wreath to take home. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 22

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of removed invasive cedar trees by building your own wreath to take home. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 28

Date: Monday, December 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join a naturalist, virtually for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to some winter stories geared for the little ones, but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the link by e-mail the morning of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 29

Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Bundle up and join us for a story time focusing on winter wildlife. Hot chocolate and a fire pit will be available to warm up your insides. Masks are required for this program. Geared for ages 0-6, but fun for all ages! Everyone attending must register, including caregivers. *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 29

Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Bundle up and join us for an outdoor story time focusing on winter wildlife. Hot chocolate and a fire pit will be available to warm up your insides. Masks are required for this program. ALL participants attending MUST register. Geared for ages 0-6, but fun for all ages! *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 30

Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for some bird watching at nearby Binder Lake in Jefferson City. Different species of waterfowl and occasionally a Bald Eagle or two make appearances throughout the winter months. Binoculars and scopes will be provided. Masks are required for this program. Meet at the boat ramp access at Binder Lake. *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 30

Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Winter weeds make beautiful decorations! Identify and learn about some winter weed beauties during a short walk and collect some to create bouquet at the end of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages. Everyone attending MUST register. Masks are required for this program.

Register by December 31

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Nature gives us so many gifts! Join us to put them to use and create natural holiday decorations. This program will take place outside so please dress for the weather. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. *Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

Register by December 31

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let's explore! We may not always see wildlife at Runge, but we animals are around by the tracks, nests, and other things they create or leave behind. What will we find? Registration Required. All Ages. Everyone attending MUST register. Masks are required for this program.

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