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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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Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how frogs and toads catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists virtually every Friday in July at 1pm to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured every week as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... Summer snack time is about to get WILD!

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in July for a 30-minute Naturalist led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by July 16

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Without plants, our world would be completely different and one mostly devoid of life. We rely on plants for food, fuel, building products, medicines and even the air we breathe. Discover what processes help plants thrive, so we can survive. Conduct at-home experiments to demonstrate the inner workings on the flora factory.

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how frogs and toads catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists virtually every Friday in July at 1pm to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured every week as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... Summer Snack time is about to get WILD!

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Relax in the cool of a summer evening with us. We'll learn about how animals use adaptations to survive and thrive in the darkness. Then we'll embark on a naturalist led hike to explore our night senses and learn more about the nocturnal mysteries on the Runge trails.

Register by July 20

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Binder Lake Boat Ramp

Kayaking: July 20th at the Binder Lake Boat Ramp in Jefferson City
Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in July for a 30-minute Naturalist led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 1:
This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2:
Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

Register by July 23

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling, jump in and join us to cover all the basics and get you water ready!

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 3:
Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.
In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4:
In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

Register by July 24

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how frogs and toads catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists virtually every Friday in July at 1pm to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured every week as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... Summer Snack time is about to get WILD!

Register by July 24

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The Runge Hikers are traveling to Prairie Garden Trust in New Bloomfield this month to hike some of the shorter trails on the area. Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but participants can either meet at Runge by 8:00AM and follow the hike leaders or meet at Prairie Garden Trust at 8:30AM. Directions can be found at this site: https://goo.gl/maps/Bje6UnwgpS3krxru5
Wear appropriate footwear, dress for the weather, and bring your lunch, water bottle and insect repellant. Easy 3-4 miles.

Register by July 28

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in July for a 30-minute Naturalist led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

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