By Michael O'Keefe, June 3, 2022
The Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City is partnering with KMOS-TV for a free community event on June 23 with great opportunities for children and their families to enjoy the outdoors and preview an upcoming PBS series.
WARRENSBURG, MO – KMOS PBS and the Runge Conservation Nature Center have partnered
to present KMOS PBS Adventure Day beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23. This free
public event, sponsored in part by Hitachi Energy of Jefferson City, will take place
at the nature center in Jefferson City.
During this community event, staff from the Runge Conservation Nature Center and KMOS PBS will encourage visitors to participate in nature exploration stations, archery and fishing, and tour the facility's amazing exhibits. A special opportunity to interact with PBS KIDS Nature Cat and engage in a variety of PBS KIDS activities also will be available.
At 6 p.m. that evening, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to see a special ‘Sneak Peek’ of the new PBS series “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston.” This new six-part series premiering Tuesday, July 5 will take viewers on an adventure-filled journey to explore the diverse array of regions across the U.S. and see how landscapes shape the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors. Your host will be Baratunde Thurston, “New York Times” bestselling author of “How to Be Black,” creator and host of the podcast “How to Citizen with Baratunde” and outdoor enthusiast.
“KMOS PBS is excited to partner with such an amazing facility at the Runge Nature Center. Our goal is to bring our community out to experience all the great resources available and to experience the natural world and all it offers” said Scott Alvested, community engagement coordinator for KMOS PBS.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with KMOS PBS to educate and engage with people through exploration stations and activities. This will be a great opportunity for adults and children to learn, and have fun while doing it,” said Kevin Lohraff, manager of Runge Nature Center.
The Runge Nature Center is located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City. More information about this event, the partners and the program can be found at: kmos.org/adventureday.
About KMOS PBS
KMOS serves the citizens of 38 central Missouri counties with high-quality, educational content and experiences online, over-the-air and in our communities. The station is integral to engaged learning as a professional learning lab for students from a variety of disciplines at the University of Central Missouri. In addition to programming available on-demand at kmos.org, KMOS PBS broadcasts programming on four channels throughout the region with programs for all ages on 6.1, lifestyle and how-to programs on 6.2, news, dramas and more on 6.3, and a full schedule of kid’s programming to fit the schedule of every busy family on 6.4.
About Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Conservation 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 wood-chipped 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. 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
About “Nature Cat”
Airing on KMOS PBS KIDS – “Nature Cat” follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, "backyard explorer extraordinaire." Nature Cat can't wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there's one problem: He's still a house cat with no instincts for nature. Like many of today's kids, Nature Cat is eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, but is at times intimidated by them. With the help of his animal friends Daisy, Hal, and Squeeks, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of nature investigation, "aha" discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and "play the show. The main characters are voiced by actors familiar to viewers of television comedies: Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, and Keenan Thompson. Image shown below: "PBS Kids Nature Cat ... Still photo from the series shows from left, Daisy, Hal, Nature Cat, and Squeeks.