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Registration period: March 15 - April 19
Date: Friday, April 19, 2024 10:30 am - Friday, April 19, 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."

Aaron Hildreth, a scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will share the story of how MDC managed to reestablish a population of the magnificent and impressive elk to Missouri’s landscape (our 4th quilt block). Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: February 1 - April 17
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, April 20, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Morningside Lake
Join us for beginner kayaking and a relaxing time on the water. During this kayaking program you will learn about paddling equipment, paddling safety, and how to paddle a kayak on a lake. Life jackets, kayaks, and paddles will be provided. Bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet at the boat ramp area at Morningside Lake off Helm Street in Fulton. Minimum age to participate is 9 years old. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: April 1 - April 20
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, April 20, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
What has feathers and is truly fantastic? Birds! Let’s investigate all the wonderful things that feathers do for birds using hands-on demonstrations and activities. Registration required. Ages 7-12
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:00 am - Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Has anyone ever copied you? That happens to some of Missouri’s wild animals. They get tricked by something that is a copy when they think it is real. Come watch as Runge’s Puppeteers show how copycats mimic other things. You can even discover why being a fake can really be good. No registration required. All ages.
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 1:00 pm - Saturday, April 20, 2024 1:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Has anyone ever copied you? That happens to some of Missouri’s wild animals. They get tricked by something that is a copy when they think it is real. Come watch as Runge’s Puppeteers show how copycats mimic other things. You can even discover why being a fake can really be good. No registration required. All ages
Registration period: April 1 - April 26
Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 8:00 am - Friday, April 26, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near 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: March 8 - April 26
Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 pm - Friday, April 26, 2024 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
The animals are hungry! Watch online as a Runge naturalist feeds the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles. Be sure to include your email address in your registration. Presenter will email the program link to participants both the day before and day of the program. Registration required. All ages
Registration period: April 1 - April 27
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, April 27, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike of the Karst and Grasslands Trails at Rock Bridge Memorial Park (Boone County); 4 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+
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, April 27, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Missouri is home to some amazing amphibians! Discover what makes these animals so special. Ongoing activities and crafts available will be available for all ages. No registration required.
Registration period: April 1 - April 27
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, April 27, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

: Spring is a great time to forage for wild edibles! During this outdoor program, you will learn how to identify common wild edible plants and discover some ways to use them in recipes. Wear shoes for walking and dress for the weather as this will take place on the Runge trails.