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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 May 28

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is a delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
You are invited to our annual stream team clean-up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Let’s wade in the water, pick up trash, and scoop for live aquatic insects, fish, or amphibians. Then take a break for a quick snack. Don’t forget to wear old clothes and shoes to get wet and muddy.

Register by June 5

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+).
EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 15
There’s nothing like the freedom on the water that a kayak gives. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about paddling a kayak come join us. This program will cover all the basics and get you water ready! Meet at the Conservation Headquarters pond at 2901 W. Truman Blvd.

Register by June 7

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+).
EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 15
Join us as we learn the basics of the fun and easy hobby of fly fishing. We will even catch some fish! Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Meet at the large pavilion at County Park Lake. Look for the blue Runge tent. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Register by June 8

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the prairie flowers at Tucker Prairie. Chris Newbold, natural history biologist, will lead the way on this gentle hike. Transportation will be provided. Insect spray and sun screen are recommended.

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Archery is a fun, lifetime sport that all can enjoy! Join us anytime between the hours of 10am and 2pm to learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely, then practice your newly-learned skills under the supervision of Runge staff. All equipment will be provided.

Register by June 10

Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-17 years.) Join us for an entire fly fishing experience! We will be tying flies in the morning at Runge, then learning to cast and catch fish in the afternoon at Jaycee Park Lake. Finally, we’ll learn to clean and cook our fish with our very own fish fry! Make sure to dress for the weather, bring a lunch and water bottle, and return a signed permission form for this program. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Register by June 12

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 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!

Register by June 13

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+). Did you know there are many foods which can be foraged from the forest? Join us as we search for edible greens, berries, nuts, and roots, and then sample our finds! Meet at Runge and carpool to Scrivner CA.

Register by June 15

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Was that a Great Spangled Fritillary or a Regal Fritillary butterfly that just flew by? Join us to learn more about fritillary butterflies and try your hand at watercolor painting. Leaders will help you through this unique way of painting and you can take home your project to frame.

Register by June 15

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Was that a Great Spangled Fritillary or a Regal Fritillary butterfly that just flew by? Join us to learn more about fritillary butterflies and try your hand at watercolor painting. Leaders will help you through this unique way of painting and you can take home your project to frame.

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (at least one child 0-2 and one 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!

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Cuivre River State Park, Lincoln County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 6 miles

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2).
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: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (at least one child 0-2 and one 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: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What is eating the middle out of my green beans? It could be the small hairstreak caterpillar. If you’re interested in learning other butterfly facts or quilting tips, join us and receive the hairstreak block pattern for June.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Attention nature-lovers, photographers, and amateur and professional biologists! Mark your calendars for the first ever Runge Nature Center BioBlitz on June 21-22, 2019. This 24-hour event is designed to help us explore the plants, animals, and other forms of life that call Runge home. How many different species of living things can we find? All amateur (including kids) and professional naturalists are invited to attend.

There will be many expert-led, interactive excursions including bat mist-netting, bird banding, moth black-lighting, small mammal trapping, and other species surveys. Lots of activities for kids and families, such as cane pole fishing, a firefly watch, pond exploration, pollinator discovery, and a creek crawl. There will also be a photography and observation competition with prizes using iNaturalist.

All attendees will be entered in a prize raffle and can earn prizes by participating. Hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be available on Saturday, donated by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Don Robinson State Park in Jefferson County. We will be hiking the Sandstone Canyon Trail. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2).
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!

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.

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