Friday, June 14, 2013

Nature walk planned at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site on June 15

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The public is invited to enjoy a natural history tour and nature walk at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site, near Ash Grove, on Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the one-mile guided hike will begin at 1 p.m. and is free of charge.

The natural history tour will be led by a naturalist who will showcase the natural resources contained within the 370-acre historic site, including its limestone glades and native wildflower species. The non-strenuous hike will cover approximately one mile. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sturdy shoes and sun hats.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone. The site is also home to some of the unique flora and fauna of southwest Missouri, including the threatened Missouri Bladderpod wildflower.

This nature walk is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge.

To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. For information on the event, call the site directly at 417-751-3266. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.