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Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Join us at the Runge Nature Center as Hunter Education instructors demonstrate safe firearm handling, choosing the right ammunition, hunting safely in groups, and much more. Drop in anytime to ask a question, practice handling firearms, or just share a hunting story. This will not be a certification course for Hunter Education.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Take a step back in time and explore our heritage by practicing your primitive skills.
Come to Runge and try your hand at atlatl, tomahawk throwing, archery, natural dyes, cordage, and flintknapping!

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+ years, children 12-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Fall on Ozark streams is a truly magical time. The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool, so come join us for a kayak float on the Gasconade River. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather. All equipment is provided.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals – spiders – that live with us and around us.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12 years). Humans are not the only animals that can be athletes. Come and be a part of the Animal Olympic Games. We will investigate who are the strongest, fastest, and smartest animal athletes in Missouri. Discover how you measure up to these Critter Olympians.

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area in Benton County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the Big Buffalo Creek Fen Natural Area. 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

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Legends of Conservation presents:
The Art of Conservation
A Visit with Ding Darling
with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling
Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influencial members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Register by October 31

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals – spiders – that live with us and around us.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding hikes are for all skill levels. This is a great way to learn more about birds and meet area birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Register by November 9

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Did you know the wasp was the original papermaker? Join us to learn about making paper from pulp — the modern way! We will blend newspapers, magazines, even unwanted junk mail with pieces of nature - seeds, leaves, petals, snake skin, and more — to create not just paper, but works of art! Discover how nature and recycling go hand-in-hand. Learn different techniques to try at home. Please bring several magazines and a bath-size towel.

Register by November 10

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adventure Birding: Binder in November - It’s a Tradition!
No registration required (ages 12+ years). We will gather together to explore our local birding hotspot, Binder Lake in Jefferson City. This time of year a variety of waterfowl, grebes, and eagles, along with many woodland birds, are present; sometimes very unusual birds show up such as loons, swans, or even long-tailed ducks from the arctic. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. We will meet at the Binder Tackle Shop near the dam of the lake.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Did you know the wasp was the original papermaker? Join us to learn about making paper from pulp — the modern way! We will blend newspapers, magazines, even unwanted junk mail with pieces of nature - seeds, leaves, petals, snake skin, and more — to create not just paper, but works of art! Discover how nature and recycling go hand-in-hand. Learn different techniques to try at home. There will also be different lobby activities.

Register by November 14

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Black bear, black bear what do you see? I see children looking back at me. Lumber in with your favorite teddy bear and learn about the Missouri black bear.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Flashes of yellow and black in a cedar tree may be a flock of cedar waxwings snacking on berries. This striking bird is the eleventh block in our “Birds and Blooms” series. Find out how to attract this bird to your landscape while sharing tips and ideas with other quilters.

Register by November 10

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Late October - Early November
Registration required (ages 13-18 years).
Early registration begins October 15.
Join us as we travel to the Missouri River Bird Observatory near Arrow Rock and try to capture and band the smallest, and cutest, owl species in Missouri, the Northern saw-whet owl. Banding takes place on clear nights with a slight north wind. Due to inability to accurately forecast the weather, this will be a short-notice program that may be any night of the week. Participants will be contacted as early as possible on the day of the program with more details. A permission form, available at the nature center, must be completed before attending.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Flashes of yellow and black in a cedar tree may be a flock of cedar waxwings snacking on berries. This striking bird is the eleventh block in our “Birds and Blooms” series. Find out how to attract this bird to your landscape while sharing tips and ideas with other quilters.

Register by November 16

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child
in the 3-6 age range).
Black bear, black bear what do you see? I see children looking back at me. Lumber in with your favorite teddy bear and learn about the Missouri black bear.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Cuivre River State Park to hike the Lone Spring Trail. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Join us and get a taste of late fall weather and hiking in Missouri. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6 miles. Terrain: Moderate with rocks and/or roots.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Join us as we take a closer look at the ducks and geese that call Missouri home through activities and displays. Visit with members of the Missouri Duck Decoy Collectors group as they bring a variety of decoys from the last century and discuss the materials, artistry, creativity, skill, and ingenuity that went into making duck decoys.

Register by November 20

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
Black bear, black bear what do you see? I see children looking back at me. Lumber in with your favorite teddy bear and learn about the Missouri black bear.

Register by November 21

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Hart Creek Conservation Area, in Boone County. 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: 4 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Black bears are one of our most fascinating large mammals here in Missouri and they are making a comeback! Come in to learn more about the intelligent and charismatic Ursus americanus. Let’s tell stories, enjoy activities, and create
crafts in celebration of Black BEAR Friday!

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, 8-11 accompanied by an adult, 12+ years, without an adult, will need to complete a permission form. Accompanying adults must also register). Let’s Explore! Check out the forest and all of its layers with us at Pine Ridge Recreation Area in Mark Twain National Forest. We will meet at Runge and carpool there. Bring a snack, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather.

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