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Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 am - Sunday, March 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Raised on a farm in the Missouri river bottoms, Dan Brueggeman developed an early appreciation of wildlife and the out-of-doors. It wasn't until 1984 that the artist encountered his future vocation, when he met a decoy carver and was fascinated by the amount of realism obtainable in wood sculpture. Dan's first decoy, although it bears little resemblance to today's works, is still the most prized piece in his collection. In addition to the original waterfowl, Dan has expanded his focus to encompass songbirds, fish, game birds, mammals and raptors. He has been honored with numerous awards, including several "Best of Show" awards. His carvings currently grace many private and corporate art collections. The exhibition is located in the west wing at Runge and can be viewed through June 30, 2024.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 am - Sunday, March 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

From artist Terry Martin: "I was fortunate to grow up in Missouri, where there were lakes, streams, and rivers to explore. Mine is a state with a premier conservation effort! I had a bicycle and a fishing rod (a fortunate son!). As a boy, I was up at daylight each day and home when it got dark. I developed more and more of an interest in the wildlife and geography of my surroundings. I discovered artists like John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson, Maynard Reece, and fellow Missourian Charles W. Schwartz. Also of great influence were naturalists John Muir, Marlin Perkins, and Robert Bateman."

Terry Martin's art will be on exhibit in the Runge lobby until April 30. No registration required. All ages
Registration period: February 15 - March 8
Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 10:30 am - Friday, March 8, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Nature's Needlers, a program combining nature with quilting, is back! This monthly series features a nature presentation along with a customized quilt block pattern to take home and complete at your own pace. The 2024 theme is "Missouri's Conservation Success Stories."

March: Becky Matney, Runge Assistant Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, will help us learn about black bears and their restoration in Missouri (our 3rd quilt block). Registration required. Ages 18+

Registration period: March 1 - March 9
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, March 9, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike of the Bluff Ridge and Western Wallflower Trails at Truman State Park (Benton County); 3 miles – moderate. Meet at 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: January 9 - March 11
Date: Monday, March 11, 2024 5:30 pm - Monday, March 11, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Central Regional Office

Fly-tying is a great way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also way to get an added sense of accomplishment knowing that you caught a fish with a lure you made. Join us for a beginner's fly-tying program where you can advance your skills and learn new patterns.

All materials will be provided. Please register early as space is limited.
Registration period: March 1 - March 13
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, March 13, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Rrrrbit, Rrrrbit! It’s that time of year where the frogs start peeping away! Can you peep like a frog? Come learn about this slimy animal and what makes them so unique. The program will include activities, a craft, and a story. Registration required. Ages 3-6

Registration period: March 1 - March 13
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 1:00 pm - Wednesday, March 13, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Ducks, geese, and swans are some of the more colorful and interesting to watch birds in Missouri. Discover where to find and how to identify common Missouri waterfowl. After the classroom portion of the program, we will venture out to Binder Lake (west side of Jefferson City) to spot some ducks, geese, and swans. Runge will provide round-trip transportation and binoculars (feel free to bring your own). Make sure to dress for the weather. Registration required. Ages 13+
Registration period: February 1 - March 12
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 5:30 pm - Wednesday, March 13, 2024 8:30 pm
Location: MDC Central Regional Office

This course is a multi-session course covering basic concepts and skills in outdoor preparedness, consisting of a classroom portion followed by several hands-on in the field opportunities..

Topics included

• What is Emergency Outdoor Preparedness

• Expect the Unexpected

• Be Prepared

• Real world examples

• The Truth about Outdoor Survival

• Your Comfort Zone

• Water

• Shelter

• Fire

• Food

• Signaling for help

• Emergency Kits

• Missouri’s Venomous Snakes

• Plants

• Survival Table Top Test

Registration period: January 11 - March 15
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, March 14, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the specific weather conditions required, this will be a short-notice program that may not happen on the advertised date; it may occur any day of the week. Once we know the salamanders are migrating, we will contact participants via phone and email the morning of the program and announce a specific start time. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Registration required. All ages

Spring brings warm, wet weather...which means the salamanders are coming! The best time to find spotted salamanders is when they make their annual migration to their breeding ponds during the first warm, evening rain of the spring. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders.
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2024 6:30 pm - Thursday, March 14, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
This meeting/program is open to the public. No registration required. Check out the group's Facebook page for the program topic.