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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 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 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+ years).
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 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Missouri Valley College - Charles L Bacon Room

This workshop will cover topics on pond construction, stocking, fish management, aquatic plant management and wildlife around your pond. Free snacks and refreshments provided. Space is limited, so please register early.

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!

Register by February 27

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Vienna City Park

Pond management workshop for pond owner's that will discuss pond construction, fish management, aquatic plant management, fish stocking, and wildlife issues.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

Classroom in the morning with demo burn in the afternoon. To participate in the demo burn you must have leather gloves and leather boots. Lunch and water will be provided. To register for this event you must call Dean Stucker at 573-796-0286

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 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.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 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 March 5

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Montgomery City Public Library - Montgomery County

This workshop will cover pond construction, stocking, fish management, aquatic plant management and wildlife around your pond. Free snacks and refreshments provided. Space is limited.

Register by March 8

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (0-2 years).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Register by March 9

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Hart Creek Conservation Area and/or the Katy Trail (depending on the weather) where a forester will lead us on a hike to learn about and see the changes in trees from winter to spring. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Fork Conservation Area

If conditions are favorable we will conduct a prescribed burn immediately following the classroom portion of the class. Participants are encouraged to bring/wear leather boots and gloves and cotton clothing that covers their arms/legs.

Register by March 4

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA

Directions: From Sweet Springs at I-70, take Highway 127 north 1 mile, then Route ZZ east 5.7 miles to the area. The classroom portion will be held in the hatchery office conference room. Signs will be posted directing you to the proper areas.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a baitcaster?

Do you have one hidden in the garage or a closet after becoming frustrated while trying to learn?

Join us! Come learn how to use a baitcaster in a positive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own, but rod and reels will also be available to borrow. This program will take place rain or shine.

Participants aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Ever wonder what those frogs and toads are called? Tom Johnson, retired state herpetologist, will present on frogs and toads of Missouri.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 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).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Peepers peep, tree frogs trill, and salamanders slide! Come join us for a fun day learning about our Missouri amphibians. We will have crafts, activities, and guided walks with nets and a naturalist!

Register by March 19

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Register by March 20

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There are few experiences that compare to the tug of a fish on your line! Join us for an all-day fishing experience at Bennett Springs State Park. We will be fishing for trout in the cold waters. You can ride with us or drive separately. All equipment will be provided, or you may bring your own. You must provide your own lunch, drinks, and snacks. Registration is open to ages 10+. Ages 10-12 require a parent or adult mentor to register and accompany the child. Ages 13-17 will not require a parent or mentor to accompany them but need to return a permission slip that can be picked up at the nature center. Ages 16+ will need a fishing license and everyone will need to purchase a daily trout permit at Bennett Springs.

Register by March 20

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Mark Twain National Forest. We will hike the Cole Creek Trail.
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 5 miles

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
The third block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the mourning cloak butterfly. Watch this large butterfly in early spring when it emerges from dormancy. Join other quilters to share quilting ideas and tips.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
The third block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the mourning cloak butterfly. Watch this large butterfly in early spring when it emerges from dormancy. Join other quilters to share quilting ideas and tips.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Want another way to enjoy nature’s beauty in your home or yard throughout the year? Ann Grotjan’s pottery is it! Choose from beautifully decorated mugs, leaf trays, bowls and bird feeders to name a few. Made with food safe glazes, microwave safe and dishwasher safe as well. She will be demonstrating how she decorates her functional pottery with native plants and other elements from nature during the Grow Native! Plant Sale. Ann will also have items for purchase on that day.

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