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A woman teaches a little girl about nature at Runge Nature Center.
Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City has a full schedule of programs planned for December, including a pellet rifle clinic, wreath-making workshop, a night hike with fireside stories, and annual Holiday Happenings events. Make plans to attend a program and discover nature at Runge this month

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

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Central
Dec 02, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City has a full schedule of programs planned for December. Some programs require registration in advance, so MDC Nature Center Assistant Manager Becky Matney encourages guests to familiarize themselves with MDC’s event website for the nature center at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZPf.  

Unless otherwise noted, registration opens Dec. 1 for all programs.

December programs at the nature center will include:

  • Discover Nature: Pellet Rifles
    Friday, Dec. 6, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. – ages 8+
    Learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle: how to load, aim, and take your best shot, all while staying safe. This program will take place at Runge’s outdoor range which is not ADA accessible.
    Registration required at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/170241.
  • Conservation Families: Night Hike & Fireside Stories
    Friday, Dec. 13, 7 - 9 p.m. – all ages
    Bundle up and join us for a naturalist-led hike followed by hot chocolate and stories by the fire. MDC will provide headlamps and flashlights. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
    Registration required at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/170243.
  • Cedar Wreath Making
    Thursday, Dec. 19, 5 - 7 p.m. – ages 7-12
    Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – all ages
    Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of invasive red cedar trees removed from the nature center grounds. Learn to build your own cedar wreath to take home this season.
    Registration required at:
    Thursday - mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/170935;
    Saturday - mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/157966.
  • Holiday Happenings: Call of the Wild
    Friday, Dec. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – all ages
    Take a wild adventure and explore the curious ways Missouri animals communicate through activities, games, naturalist-led walks, and displays. This annual open house also features live music, refreshments, crafts, and more.  
    No registration required.
    More information at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/170933

Nature center guests can conveniently manage program registration online at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents. The first step in registering for a program is creating a profile, then signing up for future programs is simple. Once someone creates a profile and registers for an event, they will receive details about programs they’ve registered for.

Sign up for email and/or text updates from Runge Nature Center and other conservation news at mdc.mo.gov/GovDelivery.

Events at Runge Nature Center are free, thanks to the one-eighth of 1 percent conservation sales tax. Runge Nature Center, located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Trails at the nature center are open every day, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.  The nature center will be closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas, though trails will remain open.

For more information about events at Runge Conservation Nature Center, visit nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/runge-nature-center, or call the nature center at (573) 526-5544.

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