Runge Conservation Nature Center

Driving Directions

From Highway 50 in Jefferson City, take Highway 179 north 0.25 mile to the area entrance.

About This Area

  • Building Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm: Thursday: 8:00am-8:00pm

  • Closed all State Holidays

  • Area Hours 6:00am-9:00pm; Outdoor restrooms open year 'round when area is open.

  • Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive., Jefferson City, MO 65109; Phone 573/526-5544; Fax 573/526-4496. For more information.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Call Runge to receive a free bimonthly newsletter listing events and programs for the public.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  A list of 100 species have been recorded from the area. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Native prairie, marsh, glades, backyard demonstrations, savanna, flowering meadows, formal garden  
Exhibits/Displays  3,000 sq. ft. of exhibits that highlight Missouri habitats; 3,580 gal. aquarium, live animals including amphibians and reptiles, rotating lobby exhibits 
Highlighted Activities  Special events and general public programs are listed in a free bimonthly newsletter.  
Hiking  Five hiking trails. See trail section. 
Nature Viewing  General nature viewing including a wide variety of wildflowers. 
Tours  Naturalist led programs for families, scouts, schools, community groups, scheduled monthly programs and events. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fire Tower    
Other   Exhibit area, classrooms, auditorium, wildlife viewing area, gift shop, and library  
Parking Lotaccessible   
Pavilionaccessible  The pavilion can not be reserved. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Restrooms outdoors close with the area hours. 
Staffed Officeaccessible  Office is staffed from 8am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  8am - 8PM on Thursday.  
Visitor Centeraccessible  Nature Center facility includes permanent and rotating exhibits.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres Three ponds are amphibian ponds, 2 are small wildlife watering holes, one is stocked only for nature center programming. 
Stream - Intermittent N. Wears Creek 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 64.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 17.00 Praire reconstruction started prior to 1990 
Glade 2.00  
Old Field 12.00  
Wetland 1.00  
Savanna 11.00  
Native Prairie 5.00  
Total Area Acres:0.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Naturescape Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.30 
Raccoon Run Spur (Easy) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.10 
Towering Oak Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 
Raccoon Run Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.90 
Moss Rock Trace Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.30 
Bluestem Ridge Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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