Runge Nature Center

Jump to the Runge Nature Center's Conservation Atlas record for full details, including directions, permitted activities, map, brochure, and complete regulations.

Area Information

This 100-acre area in Jefferson City features a visitor center with exhibits and live-animal displays, special events, trails, demonstrations, and diverse natural habitats.

Building hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday, Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Area hours

  • 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily when area is open
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and all state holidays on Mondays


  • See View Map in the Address Information block to the right of this page.

Fun to see, do, and learn

Facility and exhibits

  • 200-seat auditorium, three classrooms, and indoor wildlife-viewing area, library, and 3,000 square feet of exciting exhibits
  • All indoor facilities are disabled-accessible
  • Pull-through bus and RV parking

Programs and events

  • Register for naturalist-led programs for families, scouts, schools, and other community groups. Please use the Runge School Programs brochure listed below to plan and schedule your program.
  • Check the Events block to the right for a list of public events and workshops.


  • Hike 2.4 miles of trails (one trail is disabled-accessible)

Nature Shop

  • Shop for MDC-produced books, calendars, DVDs, and other nature-related gifts.


  • No pets, horses, hunting, fishing, collecting, littering, fires and alcoholic beverages
  • No bicycling, jogging, in-line skating, or motorized vehicles.
Runge School Programs

Use this printable brochure to plan and schedule a school or youth-group visit to the Runge Nature Center.

Runge Nature Center Events
Little Acorns: Dragonflies (Reserve by August 28)Thu, 08/28
Puppet Show: Tale of TailsSat, 09/06
AudubonThu, 09/11
Adventure Birding / Half Day Discovery Hike - Eagle Bluffs CA (Reserve by September 13)Sat, 09/13
What's Going On? Nature PlaySat, 09/13

View all Runge Nature Center events