Monday, April 30, 2012

Morning and moonlight walks May 5 highlight Big Oak Tree State Park

Boardwalk through Big Oak Tree State Park, Mis...
Boardwalk through Big Oak Tree State Park, Missouri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Experience two different sides of Big Oak Tree State Park with morning and moonlight walks May 5. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, both hikes will be on the elevated boardwalk in the park, which is located near East Prairie. The public is invited to attend.

The morning hike, which will begin at 9 a.m., will showcase spring wildflowers, flowering trees and migratory birds. Hikers can look for mushrooms and other wildlife during the approximately one hour long hike. Bring your binoculars, cameras and sense of adventure for this fun-filled morning.

The evening hike, which will begin at 8 p.m., will provide a moonlight setting to learn about the creatures and interesting natural phenomena that occurs during the night. Hikers can listen to the night sounds and have fun with a few activities to test their senses. Learn about the animals that make all the sounds and prepare to enjoy a fun and educational time with friends and family.

Both hikes will begin at the parking lot near the boardwalk and will be approximately 1.5 miles long.

Big Oak Tree State Park is located approximately 15 miles south of East Prairie on Highway 102. For more information about the event, contact Big Oak Tree State Park at 573-649-3149 or Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site at 573-748-5340. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.