Thursday, May 31, 2012

Volunteer training offered June 3 at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Missouri
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Missouri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are interested in volunteering at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia or just want to learn more about the park, attend the “Volunteering at Rock Bridge 101” training course on June 3 at the park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the training will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is seeking people who are able to donate time, energy and enthusiasm to help protect park resources and serve park visitors. This training will cover information on the park’s history, mission and significant resources, including the basic geology, hydrology and biology of the Devil’s Icebox Cave system and its connection to surface watersheds. Part of the training will be held outdoors in the park and will teach map reading and how to identify and control invasive plants.

Potential volunteer opportunities will be outlined including presenting programs for children and adults; patrolling trails; conducting frog, toad and butterfly surveys; controlling invasive plant species; assisting with prescribed burns; maintenance work; office work and researching cultural history. No obligation is required, but participants who complete this training and want to volunteer will receive a volunteer manual and may sign up for additional training and service opportunities.

Advance registration is required for this program, which is designed for adults. Ages 10 to 17 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located five miles south of downtown Columbia on Highway 163. For more information or to register for one of the programs, contact Roxie Campbell at 573-449-7400. For more information about the park or any of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.