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Slime mold called Physarum polycephalum
Slime molds, such as this Physarum polycephalum specimen, play an important ecological role in Missouri’s Ozarks. Missouri Master Naturalist and photographer Mark Bower will offer a free presentation on Slime Molds of the Ozarks on Oct. 17 at Runge Nature Center.
Photo by Mark Bower

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Oct 01, 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 October. 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

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

October programs at the nature center will include:

  • Hunter Education Skills Session
    Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 - 8 p.m. – ages 11+
    Get prepared for fall firearms hunting by completing hunter education certification with this skills session. Participants must register online and bring proof of completion of the knowledge portion, available here:
    Registration required at
  • Outdoor Skills Sampler at Conservation Commission Headquarters
    Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – all ages
    Back by popular demand: Explore fishing, archery, and kayaking. Dress for the weather and enjoy a fall afternoon with Runge staff as your guides.
    No registration required.
    More information at
  • Slime Molds of the Ozarks
    Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. – all ages
    Learn about the life cycles and ecological roles of slime molds with Missouri Master Naturalist and photographer Mark Bower, and view some of his fascinating photos of slime mold specimens.
    Registration required at
  • Fall Float Trip
    Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. – ages 12+
    Experience the beauty of fall on an Ozark stream.  The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool, so come join us for a short kayak float on the Gasconade River. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.  All equipment is provided.
    Registration required at
  • Intro to Deer Hunting
    Saturday, Oct. 26, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. – ages 6+, children accompanied by a registered adult Join Runge Nature Center naturalists to learn the basics of deer hunting, from permits and scouting to clothing and hunting methods. 
    Registration required at

Nature center guests can conveniently manage program registration online at 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

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. 

For more information about events at Runge Conservation Nature Center, visit, or call the nature center at (573) 526-5544.

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