Exploring Nature in Jefferson City Runge Nature Center

Runge Conservation Nature Center Sign

If you’re looking to get outside and explore nature this summer the Runge Nature Center is a great place in Jefferson City.  The Missouri Department of Conservation manages the Runge Nature Center.  It is a 100-acre area off Commerce Drive.  It features walking trails, a visitor center with exhibits and live-animal displays.  They also hold demonstrations and special events as well.

I have been there many times and it’s a great place to get some exercise in and just be outside.  I really enjoy the walking trails on nice days, but the visitor’s center is a great place to visit too.  They have a large auditorium, three classrooms, an indoor wildlife viewing area, and library.  It’s a great place to take your kids if you’re looking for a little something different to do.


You can even register your family, scouts, schools, and other groups for a naturalist-led program.  Just contact the nature center for scheduling your visit.  They have 5 hiking trails to choose from with over 2 miles in all.  You can also climb the old fire tower to discover and learn more about the forest.

Lookout Tower

The Runge Center is a great place to explore and learn more about nature.  The best part? It’s all free! It should definitely be on your list of things to do in Jefferson City!

Joe Bruns

McMichael Realty, 369 South Summit Drive, Holts Summit, MO, 65043