Friday, August 10, 2012

Missouri State Parks Offer Open Houses and Other Great Upcoming Events

Missouri State Parks hosts Open House and Bug Day Aug. 11 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

For more information: 573-751-1010
                          
The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house Aug. 11 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood. In conjunction with the open house, the park will also host Bug Day, which features fun family activities focused on the world of insects. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house and Bug Day are free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park’s visitor center.

Representatives from the park will be on hand to review recent activities and projects at the facility, including storm damage cleanup, renovation of the Scout camp area, re-route of a section of Virginia Day Memorial Trail, creation of walkway to Walnut Grove Shelter, and the upcoming Alta Shelter restoration. Visitors will be invited to share comments regarding park operations, services, and future plans for development.

Bug Day activities will follow a mysterious insects theme with a mystery theater show featuring Sherlock Holmes-inspired Inspector Insector at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Other bug day activities will include exhibits, games, crafts, and an insect zoo. These activities will be fun for all ages.

This open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park directly 636-458-3813. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 


Missouri State Parks hosts falconry program Aug. 18 at Thousand Hills State Park

For more information: 573-751-1010

Falconry, the hunting of wild game with birds of prey, will be the focus of a program Aug. 18 at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the free program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Point Shelter and the public is invited to attend. Guest speaker and falconer Meagan Duffee will present the program.


Aerial view of Thousand Hills State Park
Aerial view of Thousand Hills State Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From the ancient Egyptians to the nomadic Mongolians, falconry was considered to be the sport of kings. Although it dates back thousands of years, it is still alive and well today and considered by many to be not just a sport, but an art form. Join us to learn what it is that falconers do and what it takes to become a falconer, plus get an up close look at some live raptors. 
Please bring a lawn chair or a towel to sit on in the grass in case the benches fill up at the shelter. The program will last approximately one hour. If you have any questions, call Emily Burke at Thousand Hills State Park at 660-665-6995.

Thousand Hills State Park is located two miles west of Kirksville on Highway 157. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri State Parks hosts open house Aug. 18 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house will begin at 11 a.m. at the historic site. In conjunction with the open house, admission to the Nathan Boone home will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff will discuss recent activities and accomplishments at the historic site, including the new information kiosk, the successful prescribed burn operations at the site and the reconstruction of the porch of the Boone Home. They will also discuss future plans and give an overview of the historic site and its resources. A question-and-answer session will follow. Visitors are invited to share comments about the historic site and its facilities.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. For more information about the open house, call the historic site at 417-751-3266. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri State Parks hosts informational meeting Aug. 24 at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting on Friday, Aug. 24, at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the informational meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the park’s Black River Center.

 Recent accomplishments at the park and future plans will be highlighted during the informational meeting. Visitors are invited to share comments on the park’s services and operations.

This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is located 13 miles south of Pilot Knob on Hwy. N. People People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 573-546-2450. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri State Parks hosts stargazing and history program at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

For more information: 573-751-1010

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Visitors to the Lexington Community Fair can add some extra fun and education to their trip with a visit to Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. During the fair, the site will be offering a program on the Missouri-Kansas border war Aug. 23 and a stargazing event on Aug. 25. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, both events are free and open to the public.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, historian Barbara Hughes will present a program on the border war between Kansas and Missouri before the Civil War. Hughes will portray William Quantrill’s mother and give her reaction to the events of that time. The program will be held on the north side of the site’s Anderson House. In case of rain, it will be held in the visitor center.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Kansas City Astronomical Society will present a stargazing program on the battlefield. A slide show will be held in the visitor center at 7:30 p.m. with telescopes set up on the battlefield for viewing the sky between 8 and 10 p.m.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located at 1101 Delaware St. in Lexington. For more information, contact the site at 660-259-4654. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.