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Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Meramec State Park in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the trail originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6-8.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate to difficult.

Register by December 18

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
It’s light outside and some animals are sleeping. Wear your PJ’s if you’d like and we’ll pretend it’s nighttime while we learn about nocturnal animals. Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t wake them up!

Register by December 19

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location:

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Shaw Nature Reserve, in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:

No registration required.
Nature in itself, is a gift. Open our doors and reveal something new at Runge every Thursday in December. No, we won’t spoil the surprise. Come explore what’s inside!

Register by December 20

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:

Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
What does wildlife do in the winter? How do animals survive? Come explore the adaptations wildlife have for surviving the winter. Learn about the hibernators, migrators, and survivors that call Missouri home.

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location:

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:

No registration required.
Nature in itself, is a gift. Open our doors and reveal something new at Runge every Thursday in December. No, we won’t spoil the surprise. Come explore what’s inside!

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location:

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location:

No registration required.
The animals are hungry! Join us and watch as we feed the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location:

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

Register by January 8

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really "wear". This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Joe Hoffman will speak from Wild Bird Rehab of St. Louis on the 25th Anniversary of Bird Rehabbing.

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
No doubt you have heard the wild yelps and howls of one of Missouri’s most common mammals. Practice your best Coyote call and come join us as we explore the world of the coyotes. Activities will be held in the lobby.

Register by January 16

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location:

Registration required (18+ ages).
Honey Run Trail
Camden County
Moderate Trail
6 miles

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (Ages 18+ years).
The Needlers are starting a new year and a new theme for 2019 - butterflies! Each month we will learn about a particular butterfly and have a quilt block pattern depicting it's coloration. Applique and embroidery patterns are also provided. Come and share quilting tips and stories with others.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (Ages 18+ years).
The Needlers are starting a new year and a new theme for 2019 - butterflies! Each month we will learn about a particular butterfly and have a quilt block pattern depicting it's coloration. Applique and embroidery patterns are also provided. Come and share quilting tips and stories with others.

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Bundle up and join us for a naturalist led night hike followed by hot chocolate and stories by the fire. We will provide headlamps/flashlights. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 18+ years).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Rock Bridge State Park. We will be hiking the Spring Brook Trail and Deer Run Trail. Trail: 5.5 miles Terrain: Moderate

Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location:

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really "wear". This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years).
Chef Ryan Davis of Argyle Catering is partnering with MDC staff at Runge Conservation Nature Center to bring nature to your plate. Come sample featured dishes prepared from wild ingredients and learn how to prepare your own!

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Registration required (For this program, you will need one child in the ages 0-2 ages range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really "wear". This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
*Lobby Activities for all ages!
*Live Eagle Presentations at
10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.
*Eagle viewing site at
Marion Access with
high-powered scopes.

Register by January 30

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really "wear". This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 31

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years).
Tying flies can be easy, relaxing, and fun! Come learn the basics of fly-tying and see how flies can imitate insects and other foods to fool various species of fish. This one's for the whole family, so come have fun and learn a new skill! Each participant will need to register separately.

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