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Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years, children accompanied by an adult)
State Botanist Malissa Briggler will lead us on a 2-mile hike to view the early spring wildflowers at Clifty Creek Conservation Area. Bring a hiking stick and sturdy shoes to traverse the slopes down to the creek and the rock arch, enjoying the search for the elusive lady slipper and other spring beauties. Also, bring water and snacks. Transportation will be provided. Call to make your reservation. 573.526.5544

Register by April 25

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years,
children accompanied by an adult) Are you a budding young scientist, seasoned biologist, or nature lover? Join us as we explore the world of spring wildflowers using iNaturalist, a citizen science-driven smart device app and website. We will be using cameras and smart devices to document wildflowers at the nature center. Observations will then be added to iNaturalist as part of the Runge Biodiveristy Project. Don’t have a camera or smart device? Use one of ours. No prior flower identification skills or experience with iNaturalist is needed. Come out to learn about wildflowers and assist with this unique project. Learn more about the Runge Biodiversity Project at: www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-biodiversity-project. Call to make your reservation. 573.526.5544

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

DNF Lesson 2. this class covers learning how to tie a hook on the line, baiting a hook and basic tackle. This lesson will include hands on fishing.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports

Ladies age 16 and older are invited to join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun and informative evening of firearms education. Participants will learn safety and the basics of shooting shotguns, rifles, and handguns. This workshop is designed for ladies with no previous firearms experience. Taught by a group of female instructors, this workshop will be a comfortable environment for asking questions and learning with one-on-one instruction.

Registration is required. Firearms and ammunition will be provided.

Register by May 1

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 1 covers fishing equipment and casting. This is a hands on session with hands on fishing during the class. For additional information contact Don Rahm at don.rahm@mdc.mo.gov

Register by May 3

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

DNF Lesson 3 Learning about common fish of Missouri, anatomy, habitat, and life cycle. Hands on fishing is part of this lesson

Register by May 8

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 2 covers knot tying rigging a fishing pole, baiting a hook, basic fishing tackle

Register by May 9

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults. Registration required.
From an adult’s characteristic wings to the larva’s black and yellow stripes, monarch butterflies are easily recognized in Missouri. Come join us to learn more about this summertime resident as we color provided pages. We’ll talk about their famous migration and the factors causing their numbers to decline. Bring your own markers or use our colored pencils to relax and create colorful images. 573.526.5544

Register by May 10

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 4 of 4 covers fishing with lures and Missouri Fishing Rules and Regulations. Students will have the opportunity to try fishing with lures.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adults. No registration required.
Birders have been pioneers in developing new ways to empower ordinary citizens to make a difference in the world of modern, professional science. Join Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalist, Austin Lambert, as we discuss citizen-science as it relates to birds and a variety of other taxa, and ways that we can get involved with local and national projects. 573.526.5544

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Ever wanted to learn an exciting and ancient outdoor skill? Then archery is for you! Join us as we learn the basics of archery, what equipment to use, and how to shoot safely. Follow the signs to our onsite archery range. All equipment will be provided. 573.526.5544

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adults. The Nature Conservancy presents:
Matt Miles - Behind the Lens

Seating is limited, please register at nature.org/moevents.

The Nature Conservancy in Missouri presents Behind the Lens by award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Miles. Miles will describe many of the rare and dramatic moments he has captured with his camera images that are now featured in his new photo book: Missouri, Wild and Wonderful. His presentation also includes fascinating facts about our natural world. Matt has backpacked, floated, snorkeled, and explored virtually every county in Missouri to photograph wildlife and wild lands.

An opportunity to purchase signed copies of Missouri, Wild and Wonderful will follow the presentation.

Register by May 15

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 3 covers 5 common Missouri fish, their anatomy, habitat, and life cycle. Hands on fishing will be a part of this class.

Register by May 16

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 3-6 years. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 17

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults. Registration required.
What a beautiful sight are the iridescent blue-green tree swallows skimming the surface of a pond. This bird is the subject of our fifth block in the series, Birds and Blooms. Learn facts about this gorgeous bird and enjoy seeing the quilting projects others bring for “show and tell.” 573.526.5544

Register by May 17

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults. Registration required.
What a beautiful sight are the iridescent blue-green tree swallows skimming the surface of a pond. This bird is the subject of our fifth block in the series, Birds and Blooms. Learn facts about this gorgeous bird and enjoy seeing the quilting projects others bring for “show and tell.” 573.526.5544

Register by May 18

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. For this program, you need once child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Are you a budding artist? Join us as we create art inspired by nature. Professional artists will be on hand to discuss their work, which will be on display during our “Call to Nature’s Art” lobby exhibit. 573.526.5544

Register by May 22

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 22

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 4 covers fishing with lures and participants get fish with various types of lure, and State fishing regulations. Hands on fishing will be available during this class.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. For this program, you need once child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. Worms don't push their way through dirt, they eat their way! Recycling waste and making the soil rich and healthy, these dirt dwellers are the unsung heroes of the animal world! Join us to learn more about these fascinating subterranean squirmers. 573.526.5544

Register by May 25

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Registration required. (ages 3-18 years) Come cast a line with us and learn all about our different species of sunfish in Missouri. We will have a short presentation and then go fishing at Runge to try to catch some sunfish! Wear appropriate attire. All equipment is provided, and it will be catch and release only. 573.526.5544

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Traveling through every forest and river in Missouri are many different turtles. Come learn about these neat reptiles that carry their house on their back. There will be lobby activities, crafts, and turtle races! 573.526.5544

Register by May 26

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. All ages. Registration required.
Learn to make your own worm bin. Feed your garbage to the worms, then put the resulting compost in your garden. Finally, use the worms for fish bait. It’s a win-win! 573.526.5544

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