Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring wildflower walks offered at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Missouri
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Missouri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia is offering many opportunities to explore the park and discover all the wildflowers that flourish in the area. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, these walks are free and open to the public.
Weekly wildflower walks will be held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through May 23. These walks will be on a different trail every week so participants can explore a new trail, see what is blooming that week and learn each flower’s story. The weekly wildflower walks will be led by park volunteer Randal Clark, who is doing the walks for his 30th year. Participants should meet at the Devil’s Icebox parking lot and reservations are not required.
A special wildflower walk called “Where the Wildflower Grow” will be held Sunday, April 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. This walk will include the view from Coyote Bluff and will include a variety of glade and woodland wildflowers. Topics will include identification tips, medicinal and edible uses of flowers and woodland and glade ecology. The walk, recommended for ages eight to adult, is free but reservations are required. This walk will be led by Roxie Campbell, park naturalist.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located at 5901 South Highway 163 south of Columbia. For more information or to make a reservation for the hike, contact the park at 573-449-7400. For more information about Missouri state parks, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.