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Runge Conservation Nature Center

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Climb the fire tower and LOOOOKKKK

Tour the inside museum and see all the wonderful sites of nature. Beautiful exhibits. Then take... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike S
Hannibal, Missouri
Cynthia Sullivan

The Missouri Department of Conservation is one of the highest rated in the country. The Runge... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia S
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“walking trails”(15 reviews)
“wild turkeys”(10 reviews)
“all ages”(11 reviews)
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Hwy 179, Jefferson City, MO 65102
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour the inside museum and see all the wonderful sites of nature. Beautiful exhibits. Then take time to walk one or several of the trails to view more. Then for an adventure climb the 70 ft. fire tower and look all around Jefferson City.

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Missouri Department of Conservation is one of the highest rated in the country. The Runge Center lives up to the lofty expectations. Hike the trails and then head indoors to explore more wonders of nature. I love to sit in the viewing room and...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favorite place to take kids when they need something to do for free and to go walking with family, friends and all.

Thank drsallybrown
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As our kids are now in their teen years we hadn't been to the Runge Center for awhile. When recently babysitting one evening we took our nephew out there and loved all the new outdoor interactive things they had added for the kids - music...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Went to walk our dogs there but sign posted no pets. Odd & disappointing. We walk our small dogs everywhere. This is the first MDC area we have seen with this posting. It looked like any other natural area. Disagree with their policy. Will not...More

Thank Rhinonumber1
Reviewed 1 August 2018

To answer the reviewer above - I believe there are no pets because there is a multitude of wildlife there - I've seen turkey and deer nearly everytime I have been there.

Thank Tisha S
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Among Missouri's nature centers, Runge has to be one of the best. Lots of walking trails, exhibits indoors and wonderful volunteers. This is a great place to bring your kids.

Thank Zach S
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This was a great place for the family to come visit. The trail options offered a variety of hiking. We picked the short paved trail due to the heat and my 7 year old loved the indoor displays.

Thank Quintin H
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The Runge center has great trails for walking. I always feel safe there. Great nature center for families as well. Good volunteers.

Thank MJH7866
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

The trails are well kept and provide an up close view of nature. There are a few different trail options to fit everyone. The fire tower offers a nice workout and beautiful view.

Thank StephF916
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29 August 2018|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
It is free
Tim T
11 March 2015|
Response from Tim T |
I called the cops and nothing happened