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Registration period: May 1 - May 20
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 5:30 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You are invited to our annual stream team clean-up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Let's wade in the water, pick up trash, and explore the life that calls our creek home. Then take a break for a quick snack. Remember to wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy. Gloves and trash bags provided. Registration required. Ages 7-12
Registration period: May 1 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us in bringing nature, science, and art together as we discover more about Missouri’s spring wildflowers and butterflies. Using the acrylic paint pour technique, participants will create a unique art piece to take home and enjoy! Registration required. Ages 16+

Registration period: May 1 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn to make your own worm bin using little red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, put the resulting compost in your garden, and finally, use the little worms for fish bait. Registration required. Ages 6+
Registration period: May 1 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us in bringing nature, science, and art together as we discover more about Missouri’s spring wildflowers and butterflies. Using the acrylic paint pour technique, participants will create a unique art piece to take home and enjoy! Registration required. Ages 16+

Registration period: May 1 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Camping might sound in-tents but a Little Acorn’s camping trip is sure to be a good time! Join us as we pack a bag and head out to the campsite to learn more about this fun outdoor activity! Registration required. Ages 0-2 years.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 5:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters
Fishing is a fun, exciting, and a great way to get outdoors! And wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use our own lure to do it? Join us for an opportunity to paint your own fishing lure any color you’d like, or even paint 2 or 3! Then while we let the paint dry, we will head out to the kid’s pond and spend some time fishing with worms for sunfish, bass, and catfish.
Registration period: May 1 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
If you want to grow native plants without a big commitment of time and space, try container gardening. It is also a way to use native plants as an attractive accent to an already beautiful garden. Runge Naturalist Austin Lambert will share his expertise on container gardening. In the second part of his presentation, Austin will introduce iNaturalist, a free phone app that helps with insect identification. Is the caterpillar you spy eating your new flowers an "Oh no!" or an "I’m so excited!” situation? iNaturalist will help you decide. This program is part of Runge Nature Center's new monthly series, Amazing Native Gardens. Registration required. Ages 14+
Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 7:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Camping might sound in-tents but a Little Acorn’s camping trip is sure to be a good time! Join us as we pack a bag and head out to the campsite to learn more about this fun outdoor activity! Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 2:00 pm - Friday, May 27, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Kayaking is a great way to get outdoors and connect with nature. Join us as we learn about the equipment and technique needed to kayak safely before experiencing actually being on the water. All kayaking equipment will be provided. Bring close-toed shoes, a water bottle, and dress for the weather. Participants will meet at the Binder Lake boat ramp. Registration required. Ages 12+
Registration period: May 2 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike at Clifty Creek (Maries County) and Painted Rock (Osage County) Conservation Areas; 2-2.5 miles each trail-moderate. Hikers will have the choice of hiking one or both areas. Meet at the 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, May 28, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: April 20 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Danville Conservation Area

Participants will hike 1.5 miles through a portion of the 3,100-acre conservation area, partially on established trails, and partially off-trail through natural vegetation to access views not often seen by visitors.

Hikers will learn key features of the trails, discuss animals and plants commonly encountered at the area, how forest and woodland ecosystems work, and management efforts that have improved habitat and overall beauty of the area. Hikers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring their own drinking water, lunch or a snack, and binoculars, if they wish.

Registration period: May 1 - May 31
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Camping might sound in-tents but a Little Acorn’s camping trip is sure to be a good time! Join us as we pack a bag and head out to the campsite to learn more about this fun outdoor activity! Registration required. Ages 3-6 years.
Registration period: May 1 - May 31
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:00 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Ready to explore a Missouri cave? Join Runge naturalists as we discover the natural wonders inside Hunter’s Cave at Three Creeks Conservation Area. Runge will provide round-trip transportation (meet at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City) to and from the cave. Please pack a water bottle and dress for the weather. Caves are typically 55 – 57 degrees Fahrenheit, so you may wish to bring an additional layer. Rubber boots or sturdy close-toe shoes that can get wet are required. A good portion of the caving experience will require walking in chilly water. Hard hats and flashlights will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Access to the cave requires a 15-minute hike in hilly terrain and entering a small gate with an opening that is approximately three feet tall and two feet wide. Signed permission forms are required for all participants under the age of 18, unless a parent or guardian is also a participant in the program. Please contact the instructor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the experience. Registration required. Ages 12+
Registration period: April 18 - May 30
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Explore the fine details of Missouri mammals by getting an up-close look at their fur, bones, and tracks. This class will detail several species of common mammals big and small that call our state home. Participants will get an opportunity to make a track mold to decorate and take home. Please note this class is designed for ages 5-12 but all are welcome!
Registration period: May 15 - June 2
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 4:00 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Although Missouri is not home to alligators, we do have Alligator gar, a large native fish that can get up to 10 feet long and weigh 350 pounds! Join Salvador Mondragon, Fisheries Management Biologist, and discover the importance of this aquatic scavenger and why the Missouri Department of Conservation is putting effort into restoring the population of this gar species. Registration required. Ages 8+
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022 2:00 pm - Friday, June 3, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The animals are hungry! Watch as the Runge naturalist feeds the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles. No registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: May 1 - June 6
Date: Monday, June 6, 2022 5:30 pm - Monday, June 6, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports
This program will teach the fundamentals of shotgun shooting. This class includes equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will begin in the classroom them move to the shotgun range. Shotguns and ammunition will be made available.
Registration period: May 18 - June 7
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 1:00 pm - Tuesday, June 7, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for some unstructured free play at the Runge creek. Build a dam, study fish and crawdads, hop across rocks, and splash in the water. Free play in nature allows children to test their physical limits, engage their senses, and practice emotional regulation, and is an important part of healthy psychological and physical development. Registration required. Ages 0-12.
Registration period: June 1 - June 8
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Fireflies, Lightening bugs, glow worms…they go by many names but no matter what you call them, they are a sure sign of summer! Learn more about these unique insects and become enLIGHTened! Registration required. Ages 3-6 years
Registration period: May 1 - June 6
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:00 pm - Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Come and join us for an evening all about fish! In the program we will do some hands on fishing, and when we are done we will head to the pavilion and learn how to clean/fillet your fish, and also how to fry up some fish. After all of that we will then get to enjoy a nice fried fish dinner!

Everyone who will be attending MUST REGISTER!
Registration period: June 1 - June 10
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, June 10, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Spend the day in nature at Runge! You will hone your outdoor skills in archery, atlatl, kayaking, and fishing. No experience necessary. Participants should bring a water bottle, sack lunch, weather appropriate clothes, and closed-toe shoes. Paperwork completed by a parent or guardian will be required before attendance. Registration required. Ages 7-12.
Registration period: May 15 - June 11
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The Missouri River doesn't run just across land. It also travels through time. Every day, the Big Muddy carves deeper into half a million square miles of land, unearthing evidence of the historic and prehistoric past. When the river level falls, it exposes miles of sandbars where artifacts lie waiting to be discovered. A river beachcomber might find anything from a beautifully crafted obsidian arrowhead to a patent medicine bottle from the hold of a wrecked 18th century riverboat. They could discover an elk antler or the skull of a long-extinct bison twice the size of its modern descendants. Join experienced river beachcombers for an introduction to the fascinating hobby of sandbar archaeology. You will get to handle artifacts and learn how to collect bits of history safely, ethically, and legally. Treasure hunters of all ages are invited!
Registration period: June 1 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Fireflies, Lightening bugs, glow worms…they go by many names but no matter what you call them, they are a sure sign of summer! Learn more about these unique insects and become enLIGHTened! Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.