Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day of activity and nature planned June 2 at Graham Cave State Park

Graham Cave, Missouri
Graham Cave, Missouri (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)
Let’s Get Out – Let’s Move!” at a day full of activities and nature June 2 at Graham Cave State Park near Danville. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event encourages physical activity as a fun way to explore Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Booths from the Dog Scouts of America, St. Louis Area Geocachers Association, Missouri State Parks and the Montgomery County Health Department will be set up around the lower picnic area parking lot. A naturalist will lead walks that vary from .3 miles to more than two miles in length. Participants, who can earn a patch for their walk, should dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed shoe toes. 
The Montgomery County Health Department will distribute Safe Kids bike helmets free to children under the age of 14 years, and with the Missouri State Park Rangers, will present a bike checklist and safety course.
The St. Louis Area Geocachers Association will be on hand to explain geocaching and show examples of geocache containers, trinkets and logbooks. They will load their GPS receivers with nearby waypoints and will place temporary geocaches for participants to find.
Dog Scouts of America troops will provide information about Dog Scouts. They will provide demonstrations for proper dog greetings and display various back packs for the dogs and their cape with the badges they have earned.
The Montgomery County Health Department will offer pulse oximetry (either baseline or before and after a hike if participants wish), body mass index calculation and literature on available services.
Register for drawings for free hiking sticks, a 20” children’s bicycle, and more! Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a fun, activity-filled day. Reservations are not required, but registration for the guided walks is requested by calling the park.
 Graham Cave State Park is located at 217 Highway TT near Danville. For more information about the event, call the park at 573-564-3476. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.