Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Watch bats fly out of Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park on July 12 and 13

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Missouri

Visitors can watch endangered gray bats fly out of Devil’s Icebox Cave on July 12 and 13. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will include a variety of activities featuring bats and take place from 7:30 until 10 p.m. both evenings.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore Connor’s Cave with a guide and learn more about bats’ unique characteristics and awesome abilities. Visitors will also have the opportunity to play a family-friendly game about bats. The program is recommended for participant ages 7 to adult and registration is required.                        

A visit to Rock Bridge State Park 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 100MissouriMiles.com. Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located five miles south of Columbia on Highway 163. For more information about the park or to register for the event, call 573-449-7402. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.