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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 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 - 5:30pm to Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

**DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW**

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. Free hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be available on Saturday, donated by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (* denotes the most kid-friendly activities)

Friday, June 21

• 5:30pm – Trail Camera and Trap Set-up (mammals, turtles, and fish)
• 5:30 – 7:00pm Spider Survey
• 6 – 8:30pm Wetland Life Survey*
• 6:30 – 8:30pm Bird Survey
• 8:30 – 10pm Amphibian Survey
• 8:30 – 10pm Firefly Watch*
• 8:30 – 9:30pm & 10 – 11pm Spider Eye-shine Surveys
• 9 – 11:30pm Bat Trapping
• 9 – 11:30pm Moth and Nocturnal Insect Survey

Saturday, June 22

• 6 – 9am Bird Survey
• 6:30 – 8:30am Bird Banding
• 8 – 10am Small Mammal Trapping Survey
• 8 – 10am Reptile Survey
• 8 – 12am Cane Pole Fishing Fun*
• 8 – 10am Wetland Life Survey*
• 10am – 12pm Fungi Survey
• 10am – 12pm Butterfly Survey
• 10am -12pm Prairie Plant Survey
• 10am -12pm Formal Garden Pollinator Survey*
• 1 – 3pm Dragonfly Survey
• 1 – 3pm Prairie Insect Survey
• 1 – 3pm Forest Understory Plant Survey
• 1 – 3pm Forest Fun Insect Discovery*
• 3 – 5pm Forest Insect Survey
• 3 – 5pm Trail Camera Results
• 3 – 5pm Tree Survey
• 3 – 5pm Creek Critter Survey*

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) and their families to a day of free fishing 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City, 2901 West Truman Blvd. near the intersection of Truman Boulevard and Hwy 179.

MDC staff and volunteers will teach participants about fish, fish habitat, and fishing techniques. The free event will include plenty of catch and release fishing at MDC fishing ponds. Fishing gear and bait will be available, or bring your own fishing equipment. A free hot dog lunch will be provided for all participants.
For more information call 573-522-4115 ext. 3501.

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!

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 4: June 25
Lesson 1 on June 4 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
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 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 24

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 4: June 25
Lesson 1 on June 4 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
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 7years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

Register by June 28

Date: Friday, June 28, 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!

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many beautiful quilts will be on display at Runge Nature Center during July and August, crafted by participants of the Nature's Needlers program. Celebrating 22 years of nature quilts!

Register by July 3

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

** EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 15! ** Registration required (ages 8+). Join us for a caving adventure! We will take an interpretive 1-hour tour of Stark Caverns as we learn more about how caves are formed and who is living there. Bring lunch and a light jacket. Cave is ADA accessible.

Register by July 5

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 5–Radical Reptiles

Register by July 5

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two!

Register by July 12

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 12–Archery is Awesome!

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
Join us for the short trip to Columbia’s Shooting Star Trail at Rock Bridge State Park. This is the second of our Four Seasons Hikes. Although stormy weather cancelled our springtime visit, we expect this trail to be lovely in summer with a shady canopy and gently flowing creek. Bring your camera to capture the beauty! The hike is about 2.5 miles, with some moderate inclines. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Register by July 15

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Spend the day with us as we paddle, float, and explore the Gasconade River. Runge will provide round-trip transportation from the nature center, kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation devices. Pack a lunch and personal items in a dry bag. Participants must complete a permission form, available from the nature center.

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