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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 February 13

Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Monday, March 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Trumpeter Swans are the largest and one of the most beautiful birds in Missouri. A conservation success story, this bird fought it's way back from a population of 69 in 1935 to well over 63,000 in North America. Celebrate this magnificent comeback by observing these swans at Binder Lake in Jefferson City through provided spotting scopes and binoculars (if needed). *NOTE: Due to our inability to forecast when Trumpeter swans arrive at Binder, this is a short-notice program. We will call participants the day before the program to give time and location at Binder. Please make sure to provide a phone number during online registration. Dress for the weather. Masks are required. All Ages. Registration Required.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Spring has finally sprung! Discover what natural phenomena may be awaiting you outdoors this season during these 30-minute Naturalist led programs. Registration Required. Presenter will send a link via e-mail the day before and the day of the program.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack – come join us! No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us for a virtual pond workshop covering a wide variety of topics including pond site selection, pond construction, pond stocking, fisheries management, aquatic vegetation management, pond watershed management, and nuisance wildlife. Professionals from MDC, NRCS and SWCD will give presentations and answer your questions. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack – come join us! No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join Missouri Department of Conservation's State Botanist and Missouri Mycological Society's Mid-Missouri president, Malissa Briggler, as she presents about mushrooms that pop up in the Spring, including the beloved morel. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle. We will learn how to load, aim, and make our best shot, all while staying safe. This program will take place at Runge's outdoor range which is not ADA accessible. Masks required. Registration Required. Ages 8 and up.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Read Description Details- This program does not necessarily take place on the date advertised due to not knowing the date these salamanders will migrate to their ponds. 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, in late February or early March. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders. Due to our inability to accurately forecast the weather in the future, this will be a short-notice program that may be any day of the week. We are asking participants to provide a telephone number during registration; we will then call participants the morning of the program with a specified start time. Please wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the wet weather.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 15, 2021 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Read Description Details- This program does not necessarily take place on the date advertised due to not knowing the date these salamanders will migrate to their ponds. 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, in late February or early March. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders. Due to our inability to accurately forecast the weather in the future, this will be a short-notice program that may be any day of the week. We are asking participants to provide a telephone number during registration; we will then call participants the morning of the program with a specified start time. Please wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the wet weather.

Register by March 16

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton in Camden County to join a guided hike on one of the trails. Trail: 4-5 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. March's applique block and presentation will feature the commonly seen Red-eared Slider turtle. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Practicing survival skills is a fun way to connect with nature while teaching valuable, potentially lifesaving experiences. Join us as we roll up our sleeves and discover firsthand how to build a survival shelter. Masks are required to attend this program. Registration required. Ages 7-12. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend.

Register by March 23

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Want to take on a new and exciting archery challenge? Runge 3D archery is here! This intermediate program is meant for honing archery skills and introducing the basics of archery hunting. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Registration Required. Masks required. Ages 8 and up.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for some unstructured free play at Runge. Build a shelter, study creepy crawlies, climb trees, and get dirty. Free play in nature allows children to test their physical limits, engage their senses, and practice emotional regulation, and is an important part of healthy psychological and physical development. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. Registration Required. 0-12 years. Masks are required to attend this program.

Register by March 25

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for an introduction to trout fishing at Bennett Springs State Park. We will learn the methods, gear, and even how to clean and prepare our trout for eating! Participants ages 16+ must have a valid MO fishing license. Daily trout permits must be purchased by each participant. You may meet us at Bennett Springs Park or follow us from the Runge Nature Center. We will leave Runge at 8 am. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by March 25

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Spring has finally sprung! Discover what natural phenomena awaits you outdoors this season during these 30-minute naturalist led programs. Registration Required. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by March 26

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Bush honeysuckle, privet, burning bush, autumn olive: These are just a few of the aggressive, invasive plant species that can take over the shrub layer of a forest or alter a prairie, destroying habitat for many native plants and animals. Join us at Runge as we attempt to eliminate these species from our grounds and earn your own native shrub to plant in your yard. Please wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Gloves and tools will be provided. Masks required. Registration Required. Ages 8 and up.

Register by March 26

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join our volunteer led program, The Hikers, this month as they travel to Little Lost Creek Conservation Area near Warrenton in Warren County. Trail: moderate; 4-5 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch/snack, and bring a water bottle. We will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but ask that you meet at Runge to follow the hike leaders to Little Lost Creek or meet at that location. Information on where to meet will be e-mailed to participants before the hike. Masks are required for this program. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Please join The Grow Native! Program and Runge Conservation Nature Center at a pre-order/pickup only native plant sale. For the safety of our vendors, staff, volunteers, and guests, this sale will be a pre-paid/pickup format only. No extra plants will be available for purchase the day of the sale. Please contact the vendors at the link below to order and pre-pay for your plants. Note that each vendor is a separate business and may have different arrangements and requirements for ordering.
https://grownative.org/event/jefferson-city-native-plant-sale/

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