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Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In partnership with Spotlight on the Arts and JARICK Productions, the Runge Nature Center is exhibiting over 50 guest artists with various art mediums during the months of May and June. View the exhibit and vote for your favorite piece of art! All Ages. No registration required.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:00 pm

Kayaking: June 22nd, at the Binder Lake Boat Ramp in Jefferson City

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make your best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Dress for the weather in closed toe shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Registration period: June 1 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Three Creeks Conservation Area between Jefferson City and Columbia in Boone County to join a guided hike along one of the trails. Trail: 4-5 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow the hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Nature Center volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: May 15 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn to make your own worm bin using red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, put the resulting compost in your garden, and finally, use the worms for fish bait. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration required. Ages 6 and up.
Registration period: June 3 - June 28
Date: Monday, June 28, 2021 5:30 pm - Monday, June 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 1:

This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2:

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone that will be attending must be registered.
Registration period: June 3 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 3:

Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4:

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

Everyone that will be attending must be registered.
Registration period: June 15 - July 2
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 2, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Explore along Wears Creek at the Runge Nature Center. Bring a water bottle and wear appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). We will get wet while discovering the watery world of animals that call a creek their home. Registration required. Ages 7-12 years. No younger/older siblings and one adult per registrant(s).
Registration period: June 15 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Early July is a time to celebrate and watch fireworks. It is also time for our living “fireworks” of the prairie to bloom. Join us as we discover the unique beauty of Missouri’s native prairie plants. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 6
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beetles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes with interesting ways of behaving. Some are red with black polka dots, some have rhinoceros’ horns on top of their head, and others roll poop. Join us and buddy up with a beetle. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.
Registration period: June 15 - July 8
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Want to take on a new and exciting archery challenge? Runge 3D archery is here! This intermediate program is meant for honing archery skills and introducing the basics of archery hunting. We will begin with basic archery skill before heading to the woods to shoot 3D targets. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with close-toed shoes. Registration Required. Ages 13-18 years.
Registration period: June 15 - July 8
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:00 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a night hike at Runge Conservation Nature Center and explore the world that comes alive when we are typically getting ready for bed. Hiking at dusk will allow us to encounter a different side of nature and can transform even the most familiar Runge trail into a new adventure! Registration Required. All Ages.
Registration period: July 1 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery is a fun outdoor skill to learn and is a great way to enjoy nature. Join in and safely learn the basics of this sport. Wear close toed shoes and bring a water bottle. . Registration required. Ages 7-12 years. No younger/older siblings please and only one adult per registrant(s).
Registration period: July 1 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beetles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes with interesting ways of behaving. Some are red with black polka dots, some have rhinoceros’ horns on top of their head, and others roll poop. Join us and buddy up with a beetle. Registration Required. This is for families with more than one child in both the 0-2 AND the 3-6 age range.
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how turtles and fish catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters.
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for this exciting event! Experience stories of the western fur trade in the early 1800s when most of Missouri was still wilderness. See a replica of the keelboat Muskrat, which brought some modern mountain men home after an 860-mile journey on the Missouri River. Talk with fur trade reenactors in period dress. Touch animal furs and other artifacts.

Have fun throwing a tomahawk and starting

a fire with flint and steel. Enjoy presentations and videos in our auditorium and Amphitheatre. View a new exhibition and artwork that commemorate this important chapter in our state’s history. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: July 1 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: June 28 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover interesting facts about the Rainbow Trout, a fish that’s as beautiful as its name, and paint a trout drawing with watercolors. Presenters will guide you through this unique way of painting and will supply all materials. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover interesting facts about the Rainbow Trout, a fish that’s as beautiful as its name, and paint a trout drawing with watercolors. Presenters will guide you through this unique way of painting and will supply all materials. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 13
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Discover the wildlife of summer by listening and learning about the many Missouri animals that are showcasing their unique sounds this warm and humid season. Learn why these animals are producing sounds and identify them by their song through this interactive virtual program. Registration required. All Ages. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.
Registration period: July 1 - July 14
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 8:00 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, and dress for the weather. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:30 am - Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In Person Program- Take a trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Registration Required. Ages 16 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In Person Program: Take a trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required.
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.