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At this special family event, re-enactors will bring the 19th century village to life with skits; demonstrations; skirmishes; food stands; craft vendors; a mercantile; and other activities. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking-shoes.
Although admission is free, some activities charge for their services (cash only).
Shoal Creek Living History Museum, located in Hodge Park, is dedicated to bringing 19th century Missouri to life through special events, programs, tours and reenactments. The grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk.
Note: this special event is offered on the dates specified only.
Anglers under the age of 16 are allowed to sign up and obtain a free trout tag. The Department of Conservation will offer educational instruction in trout fishing, fish cleaning, etc. Awards will be handed out to successful anglers.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and Roaring River Emory Melton Inn sponsor this event.
What is a vertebrate? Why are backbones so important? Backbone Bonanza is a series of programs at Castlewood State Park that teaches children about vertebrates and how to distinguish them. This hands-on program uses crafts, songs and fun and is designed for ages four to seven.
Could a hummingbird gobble up a mouse? Could a pelican sip nectar from a flower? Birds all have some kind of beak that allows them to grasp and eat a certain kind of food. Join us in an interactive program that teaches young ones just which beaks are best for each type of bird snack. This program is designed for ages four to seven.
Explore the waters of Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Take a hike in a creek and look for crawdads, insects, fish and other aquatic life in and around the water. Walk to Ha Ha Tonka Spring and discover how important it is to the park's history. Learn about watersheds, the water cycle, stream teams and more.
The day camp will also include service projects, games and crafts. Participants who attend both days will earn their Missouri State Park Explorer patch. The day camp is intended for children ages 6 to 12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the park office starting July 1.
The park is hosting a free, three-day Explorer Day Camp. This year, come explore the different ways the American Indian used natural materials to tell stories through art. By attending all three mornings, you will earn the Missouri State Parks and Historic Site Explorer Patch. Requirements to complete the Explorer Program consist of four parts: service, interpretive study, interpretive programs and identification. Adults are encouraged to accompany their children and make day camp a family activity.
The number of participants each day is limited to 25, so please register by calling the park office at 660- 886-7537.
Bring the family to the historic site for an autumn evening of fun and education. This free event features about 12 educational activity and game stations set up within all three exhibit galleries of the Powerhouse Museum. Fall Rocks is mostly designed to appeal to elementary-aged children and all activities relate to mineral resources, mining and personal recreational safety. Interpretive staff will be available to answer questions about mining and minerals in the Old Lead Belt. Refreshments will be served.
Explore the "night life" at Powell Gardens during the Festival of Butterflies! The event includes a guided experience in the butterfly conservatory to see the Owl butterflies and moths that are active in the evening. Nature experts posted around the gardens will help interpret all of the sights and sounds of the garden at twilight. Indoors, guests can participate in a community butterfly art project. Admission also includes one free serving of Tadley's home-made ice cream! Reservations are required. All ages are welcome.
Join Twin Pines Conservation Education Center for Jakes Day, Sep. 13. Jakes stands for Juniors Achieving Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. The event is for ages 6 to 12 and will have a variety of activities designed for the younger Jake, such as archery; air rifle; trail and hunting safety; and fishing skills. Lunch will be served.
Each participant will receive a free Jakes membership, door prize and goodie bag. There will also be a drawing for a grand prize. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.
Participants will earn a Missouri State Parks Explorer patch by participating in three days of hands-on activities including hiking, cave exploring, wading in streams and a service project. These programs are physically challenging. Learn about wildlife and ecology at Rock Bridge State Park. The camp is open to those 9 to 11 years old. It is free, but space is limited to 22. Pre-registration is required. The camp is designed to be attended all three days.
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