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Registration period: August 1 - August 10
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 10, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
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 special! Registration required. Ages 0-2 years
Registration period: July 15 - August 10
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00 pm - Wednesday, August 10, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Hiking at dusk can transform even a familiar Runge trail into a new adventure. Join a naturalist to explore the world that comes alive when we are typically getting ready for bed! Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Registration required. All ages
Registration period: June 21 - August 12
Date: Friday, August 12, 2022 7:30 pm - Friday, August 12, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Bring the family and join us for two different Wild Kratts episodes under the stars! Between episodes you can explore, interact, and learn more about the animals featured in the evening’s shows! Bring bug spray and a blanket. We'll provide the popcorn! No registration required. All ages invited.

Registration period: August 1 - August 17
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike at Clifty Creek and Painted Rock Conservation Areas (Maries and Osage Counties); 4 miles-easy/moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided but carpooling may be necessary. 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. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: August 1 - August 17
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
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 special! Registration required. Ages 3-6 years
Registration period: August 1 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Kayaking is an awesome way to get outdoors and connect with nature. Join us as we learn about the equipment and techniques needed to kayak safely in Missouri before experiencing being on the water yourself. All kayaking equipment will be provided. Bring closed-toe shoes, a water bottle, and dress for the weather. We will meet at the boat launch area on the west side of Binder Lake. Registration required. Ages 12+
Registration period: August 5 - August 19
Date: Friday, August 19, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, August 19, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us as we go on a kayaking adventure at Finger Lakes State Park. We will review basic kayaking skills before paddling out to explore the water trail. All kayaking equipment will be provided. Bring close-toed shoes, a water bottle, snacks, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Finger Lakes State Park small vessel launch area. A reminder email and map will be sent the day before the program.
Registration period: August 1 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
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 special! Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: July 25 - August 19
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Central Region Virtual Classroom

Join a network of thousands of citizen scientists collecting biological, chemical, and physical assessment data on Missouri's wadable streams!

Introduction to Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) is the entry level of monitoring. This two-part educational presentation will introduce the topics of watershed mapping, site selection, stream discharge, and biological monitoring. Participants may continue on to become certified to submit data by completing a stream-side certification training later this spring.

To learn more on the VWQM program, visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: August 1 - August 25
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us in learning about reducing waste and helping nature at the same time! Participants will craft with recyclables and trash to create a unique art piece that also benefits nature. Registration required. Ages 7+
Registration period: August 1 - August 25
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Just thirty minutes north of Jefferson City lies Prairie Garden Trust, a delightful nature garden created through the efforts of the Domke family. Experience fields and gardens of wildflowers, and enjoy the butterflies and other pollinators who inhabit the woods, ponds and prairie at PGT. We will meet at Runge at 6:00pm to travel by van (or your personal vehicle) to PGT, explore for 1 hour, and arrive back at Runge near 8:00pm. Some walkways are paved for easy access. Please bring a water bottle, insect spray, and dress for “warm” weather!

For more information: https://prairiegardentrust.org
Registration period: August 1 - August 26
Date: Friday, August 26, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, August 26, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
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 special! Registration required. Ages 3-6 years
Registration period: August 1 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike of Deer Run Trail at Rock Bridge State Park (Boone County); 3.5 miles – easy. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. 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. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: June 15 - July 2
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Hummingbirds are bulking up to prepare for their flight south visiting feeders and native wildflowers. Discover more about these tiny fliers through ongoing activities and displays and find out what you can do to help with their migratory journey. No registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: June 18 - August 29
Date: Monday, August 29, 2022 3:00 pm - Monday, August 29, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds are among the most unique and amazing birds in the world. Join us online as we explore the traits that make these tiny, feathered creatures so spectacular. Registration required. Registered participants will receive the webinar link by email both one day and one hour before the program. All ages invited.
Registration period: July 25 - August 26
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Central Region Virtual Classroom

Join a network of thousands of citizen scientists collecting biological, chemical, and physical assessment data on Missouri's wadable streams!

Level 1 Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) builds upon knowledge and skills acquired at Introduction to VWQM. This two-part educational presentation will introduce the topics of water chemistry and visual survey. Participants may continue on to become certified to submit data by completing a stream-side certification training later this fall.

To learn more on the VWQM program, visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: July 25 - August 29
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2022 8:00 pm
Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $15 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 14 and over. Girls age 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop.
Registration period: August 15 - September 1
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Missouri Department of Conservation nature photographer, David Stonner, reveals the stories behind photos of some of his favorite work. Hear how he captures the best that nature has to offer through a camera lens (and a little bit of patience). Registration required. Ages 16+
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a morning full of fun turtle tales! Drop by to hear a story or two about one of Missouri’s favorite reptiles, the turtle. You will even have the opportunity to meet one of these fascinating creatures. Look for regular Little Acorns and Babes in the Woods programming to resume in October. No registration required. All ages invited.
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Ready to be Bear Aware? Join us in the Runge lobby to learn all about bears and their lives in Missouri. Staff and volunteers will have ongoing activities and crafts available for all ages. No registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: August 15 - September 6
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7:30 am - Tuesday, September 6, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. Meet by the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8+
Registration period: August 15 - September 6
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
.22 rifles are small-caliber firearms with a small “bang” and very little “kick,” but big fun! A .22 rifle is great for small-game hunting and target shooting. Join us at Rocky Fork Lakes shooting range to learn how to shoot .22 rifles safely. This program is a great follow-up to a Hunter Education class, although Hunter Education is not required. Participants ages 11-18 must have a parent or guardian with them for the duration of the program. All equipment will be provided. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and dress for the weather. Rocky Fork Lakes is north of Columbia off Hwy. 63. Registration required. Ages 11+
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a morning full of fun turtle tales! Drop by to hear a story or two about one of Missouri’s favorite reptiles, the turtle. You will even have the opportunity to meet one of these fascinating creatures. Look for regular Little Acorns and Babes in the Woods programming to resume in October. No registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: July 30 - August 8
Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 5:30 pm - Friday, September 9, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: McKay Park Lake
Come and join us at McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City for the fun learning experience! Participants will get the chance to fish for carp in the lake, and then learn how to clean, cook, and then enjoy these fish! Everyone that is attending must register. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring bug spray and sunscreen if you wish to have it.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

The purpose of the Open House is to provide access to place Deer stands on the Southwest Parcel of of Big Buffalo Creek CA. ( portion lying west of FF highway and north of Big Buffalo road). Check in at the campground. The area gate will be open to allow parties to use their vehicle on maintenance roads to scout and haul equipment. MDC staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance if needed. For more information contact Mark Miller Email

mark.miller@mdc.mo.gov or call the Sedalia office 660-530-5500