Runge Conservation Nature Center

About this Area

County
Cole
For more information call
(573) 526-5544

Runge Nature Center provides visitors educational and interpretive opportunities to view, learn about, and appreciate the variety of habitats found in Missouri. Five hiking trails, including two woodchipped and three hard surface trails, totaling 2.4 miles, loop through woodlands, prairies, glades, and next to ponds and a beautiful wet-weather stream. Runge Nature Center offers public programs, nature exhibits with live animals, a large fish aquarium, a wildlife viewing area, and gift shop.

Building hours are 8am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 8am to 8pm on Thursdays. The building is closed on all state holidays.
Area hours are 6am-9pm daily. Outdoor restrooms are open year-round when area is open.

For more information visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/runge-nature-center, email Runge@mdc.mo.gov, or call 573/526.5544.

Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive., Jefferson City, MO 65109

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Managed Hunts
    • Turkey
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Holidays
Thanksgiving Day
11/25/2021
Closed
Christmas Day
12/25/2021
Closed
Labor Day
09/06/2021
Closed
Columbus Day
10/11/2021
Closed
Memorial Day
05/31/2021
Closed
Independence Day
07/04/2021
Closed
Truman Day
05/08/2021
Closed
Washington's Birthday
02/21/2022
Closed
Lincoln Day
02/12/2022
Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/17/2022
Closed
New Years Day
01/01/2022
Closed
Directions
From Highway 50 in Jefferson City, take Highway 179 north 0.25 mile to the area entrance.

Runge CNC

Two children walking on a trail by red flowers at Runge CNC
Runge CNC

Runge CNC

Two children exploring a stream at Runge CNC
Runge CNC

Runge CNC Fire tower

Fire tower on exhibit at Runge CNC
Runge CNC Fire tower

Runge CNC Frog Statute

Small boy standing at the Runge CNC Frog Statute
Runge CNC Frog Statute

Runge CNC exhibits

Fish tank and exhibits at Runge CNC
Runge CNC exhibits