Spend your December at Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to visit Runge Conservation Nature Center this December as colder weather moves into the region. MDC staff at the nature center have many exciting conservation-themed events planned for the upcoming month. Upcoming events include but are not limited to:

  • Juncos and Java on Dec. 9 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Start your morning with a naturalist and learn the basics of winter bird identification while enjoying a hot cup of java! After a classroom introduction to Missouri’s winter birds, follow the naturalist on a winter bird walk to put your new skills to the test! Hot water and tea will also be provided. Be sure to dress for the weather. Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZBP. This event is designed for participants ages 12 and older.
  • Nature Cross-stitch on Dec. 16 from 1-3 p.m.: Join us in celebrating nature by creating a piece of art! Using cross-stitch, participants will create a nature-inspired ornament to take home and enjoy. This event is designed for participants ages 12 and older. Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZBu.
  • Little Acorns PLUS: Nature’s Gifts on Dec. 21 from 10-11 a.m.: Nature is a gift, but it also provides some great materials for making gifts! Join us as we create a nature-inspired craft to present to a loved one during this season of giving. Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZBb. Participating parties must have at least one child in the 0-2 age range and at least one child in the 3-6 age range.
  • Conservation Teens: Bald Eagle Viewing and River Exploration on Dec. 21 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Winter is a great time to explore the Missouri River. Cooler temperatures mean bald eagles are present in higher numbers, and low water means it is a great time to get out and explore sandbars. Hop aboard as we take a boat ride on the river starting and ending at Carl R. Noren Access, north of Jefferson City. We will meet at Carl R. Noren Access. Life jackets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Be sure to dress for the weather and get your signed permission forms from a guardian. Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z2w. This event is designed for participants ages 13-18.
  • Nature Art: Cedar Wreath Building on Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.: Celebrate the holidays and help Runge make use of removed invasive red cedar trees by creating your own cedar wreath to decorate your home or give to friends or family as a gift. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome.

For a complete list of events at Runge Nature Center this December, go to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z2u. All events are free to the public and most events have limited space, so be sure to plan ahead during this holiday season.

Runge Conservation Nature Center trails are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day, and the nature center building is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The area is located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.