From mid-May to mid-September, you can attend a variety of interpretive programs, including nature walks, afternoon and evening programs, Explorer Program hours, nature crafts and games, live animal demonstrations and storytelling. Different programs are offered on a weekly basis. Call the park naturalist at 660-563-2463 to find out which programs are scheduled for the current week or to schedule a group program.
Weekly program schedules are posted on bulletin boards in the campground and at the visitor center. Programs last a maximum of one hour and are free and open to all park visitors (both day users and campers). Reservations are not required unless noted. Parents should accompany children to programs.
Park naturalists also offer programs for civic groups and schools throughout the year with advance reservations. These programs are designed to assist educators with scientific and natural history lessons, groups earning nature-related badges or simply to satisfy the urge to learn more about the natural history of Missouri. At least two weeks advance notice is preferred for group programs. These programs can be presented on-site or off-site. Off-site programs are offered to groups within the surrounding communities only. Call the park naturalist at 660-563-2463 if you would like to discuss scheduling a program.