Friday, April 27, 2012

Keep Baker Beautiful Day Planned May 5 at Sam A. Baker State Park

The dining lodge at Sam A. Baker State Park wa...
The dining lodge at Sam A. Baker State Park was built by the CCC of native stone and wood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You are invited to spend the day outdoors and help one of Missouri's most scenic state parks at the "Keep Baker Beautiful Day" May 5 at Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, this 20th annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.

This special day recognizes both Earth Day and Missouri Beautification Month by getting the park in shape for the upcoming visitation season.  There will be assignments for all ages. Planting, trail care and litter patrol are just a few of the projects planned for the day. Meet at the park's visitor center around 8:30 a.m. to meet other volunteers and get your project assignments.

After the work is completed, volunteers will receive a free picnic lunch and a certificate of appreciation. Bring a pair of work gloves and drinking water, wear closed-toed shoes and join the fun. 

For more information, contact Michelle Soenksen, Sam A. Baker State Park naturalist, at 573-856-4514. To register, call the park office at 573-856-4411 by May 3. In case of severe or inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Sam A. Baker State Park is located four miles north of Patterson on Highway 143 in Wayne County. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.