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Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults Registration required.
Seeds play a vital role in plant reproduction. Certain seeds might stick to your clothes. Others are distributed by the wind and twirl to earth. Animals and birds also play an important role in dispersing seeds. Join us as we paint dandelions using recycled paper. Please dress appropriately for painting. 573.526.5544

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Just below our feet lies an exciting world of insects. Come explore the Runge area with insect nets and bug viewers! There will be lobby activities, games, crafts, and insect investigation groups exploring Runge! 573.526.5544

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 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 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults Registration required.
Seeds play a vital role in plant reproduction. Certain seeds might stick to your clothes. Others are distributed by the wind and twirl to earth. Animals and birds also play an important role in dispersing seeds. Join us as we paint dandelions using recycled paper. Please dress appropriately for painting. 573.526.5544

Register by June 26

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. These beautiful orange butterflies make a long and dangerous journey as they migrate across North America. Fly in to learn what makes the monarch butterfly so loved and so marvelous! Reservations required. 573.526.5544

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 years age range AND one child in the 3-6 years age range. These beautiful orange butterflies make a long and dangerous journey as they migrate North America. Fly in to learn what makes the monarch butterfly so loved and so marvelous! Reservations required. 573.526.5544

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. Adults. Please call to register. Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Spring Creek Conservation Area in Maries County, and hike one of two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. 573.526.5544

Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two.

Register by July 6

Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 7-12 years)
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle, appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 6–Survival Skills
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Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Take a break from the heat and join us for some engaging nature and conservation based tales presented by Jefferson City’s Muse Theatre Company- Itsy Bitsy Broadway. Storytelling will be at 11 AM and 1 PM.
573-526-5544

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Take a break from the heat and join us for some engaging nature and conservation based tales presented by Jefferson City’s Muse Theatre Company- Itsy Bitsy Broadway. Storytelling will be at 11 AM and 1 PM.
573-526-5544

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two.

Register by July 13

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 7-12 years)
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle, appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 13–Creek Crawl
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Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC staff for a Basic Kayak Fishing program on the Big Piney River. Participants will receive basic kayak instruction and basic fishing instruction before embarking on a float that will last the majority of the day. All kayaking and fishing equipment will be provided. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult and participants older than 15 must be properly licensed to fish. Transportation to and from the river will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to wear swimming clothing or clothing that can get wet. Also, participants should bring a towel, sun screen, bug spray, and a change of clothes for the ride home. Closed-toed shoes are required. Participants are asked to bring a small cooler with lunch and enough snacks and drinks for an all-day float. Alcohol and beverages in glass containers are prohibited.

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 15+ years)
Come and join us for a new approach to birding (weather permitting)---from the water! Canoeing allows us to see birds from the water that might be difficult to get close enough to on land, such as those who inhabit otherwise inaccessible coves. We may also be able to get closer to very secretive water birds among the cattails as well. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet, and bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Paddles and life jackets will be provided. We will meet at Runge; transportation to Binder Lake will be provided.
573-526-5544

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years, children accompanied by an adult)
What do turtles, snakes, and lizards have in common? They are all reptiles, and they all call Missouri home. During this hands-on program, we will be using a large variety of monitoring techniques to help us gain a better understanding of these cool, cold-blooded creatures. Join us as we explore the reptiles of Runge.
573-526-5544

Register by July 5

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Whether you’re into lizards, turtles, snakes, or all three, these scaly critters are out in force during the warm months of the year. Come join us to learn about reptile characteristics, create reptile crafts, and even go on a reptile roundup hike! Hikes will take place at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Register by July 18

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Meet at the nature center and drive to Mark Twain State Park, and hike one or two trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail Length: 6 miles. Terrain: Moderate terrain with rocks and/or roots.
573-526-5544

Register by July 18

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 13-17 years)
Space is limited, so register early. We will spend the day paddling, floating, and exploring one of Missouri’s nearby rivers. Runge will provide round-trip transportation from the nature center, canoes, paddles, and personal flotation devices. Pack a lunch and personal items in a dry bag. Participants must complete a permission form which can be picked up at the nature center.
573-526-5544

Register by July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Register by July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
A member of the blackbird family, the orange and black Baltimore oriole is the block for July. Find out more interesting facts about this colorful summer resident. Join us as we share quilting tips and nature observations.
573-526-5544

Register by July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 8+ years, children accompanied by an adult)
Whether you want to go hunting or just shoot for fun, crossbow shooting is addictive! Crossbows provide an easy transition from firearms to archery and offer alternative bowhunting equipment. You will learn crossbow safety, the basics of shooting, and what equipment to use. All equipment will be provided.
573-526-5544

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two.

Register by July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
A member of the blackbird family, the orange and black Baltimore oriole is the block for July. Find out more interesting facts about this colorful summer resident. Join us as we share quilting tips and nature observations.
573-526-5544

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