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Event/Exhibit/Meeting Date
News Releases
March 19-Nov. 19, 2022 First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site offers monthly basket weaving classes March through November
April 1-Oct. 31, 2022 Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site hosts Kansas City Master Gardeners Tuesdays April-October
April 2-Oct. 14, 2022 Thousand Hills State Park offers Petroglyph Tours April through October
April 15-Oct. 26, 2022 Thousand Hills State Park hosts Night Sky Events April through October
April 16-Oct. 15, 2022 Thousand Hills State Park offers reptile programs April through October
May 8-Oct. 16, 2022 Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park hosts stream team volunteer events May through October
May 10-Oct. 25, 2022 Katy Trail State Park offers tram tours for seniors May 10-Oct. 25
May 21-Sept 5., 2022 Missouri State Parks honors military service with Blue Star Museums program
June 19-Oct. 9, 2022 Wild Woods of Weston: a Sunday program series
Sept. 27-Nov. 1, 2022 Toddler Tuesdays start Sept. 27 at Crowder State Park
Oct. 1-29, 2022 Hit the trails at Crowder State Park Oct. 1-29
Oct. 2-5, 2022 Veterans encouraged to attend Operation Roaring River Oct. 2-5
Oct. 5, 2022 Landing after Hours: The Capitol Lunettes, Oscar E. Berninghaus and the Taos Society of Artists will be held at Missouri State Museum Oct. 5
Oct. 7-9, 2022 WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School scheduled at Roaring River State Park Oct. 7-9
Oct. 8, 2022 Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site hosts 1860s Children’s Day Oct. 8
Oct. 8, 2022 Take a night hike at Stockton State Park Oct. 8
Oct. 8, 2022 Toast Missouri on Oct. 8 at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
Oct. 8, 2022 Washington State Park celebrates Fall Fest Oct. 8
Oct. 9, 2022 Public meetings scheduled Oct. 8 for two Missouri state parks
Oct. 15, 2022 Bennett Spring State Park hosts nocturnal bird program Oct. 15
Oct. 15, 2022 Celebrate fall at Robertsville State Park Oct. 15
Oct. 19-20, 2022 See fall colors on a tram tour of the Katy Trail Oct. 19-20
Nov. 5-6, 2022 Learn2 Climb program offered at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Nov. 5-6
General News
News Releases
09/21/2022 Ha Ha ​Tonka State Park conceptual development plan survey now online
09/20/2022 Lee Mace's famous bass fiddle now resides at Missouri State Museum
09/07/2022 Missouri State Historic Preservation Office announces 2023 grant application round for Historic Preservation Fund Grants
08/24/2022 Scott Joplin House State Historic Site conceptual development plan survey now available online
08/17/2022 Missouri State Parks Announces Winners of Virtual Youth Earth Day Art Contest
08/16/2022 2022 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program grant application round is now open
08/08/2022 2023 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application round is now open
08/04/2022 Missouri Trails Advisory Board seeks representative for equestrian-use trails
08/01/2022 Hero Deer Hunt signup now open
07/28/2022 Finger Lakes State Park conceptual development plan survey now online
07/27/2022 Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough to keep us from visiting Missouri state parks
07/26/2022 Missouri Department of Natural Resources publishes report about glades in Missouri
07/25/2022 Cpl. Steve Jabben Selected As State and Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
07/22/2022 Grant assistance to underwrite school field trips now open
07/20/2022 Bramwell Bridge at Bennett Spring State Park closed to vehicular traffic
07/19/2022 For a ​gorge-ous view, visit Missouri’s “Little Grand Canyon”
07/15/2022 ExplorUS will operate Lake Wappapello State Park concessions
07/12/2022 Department of Natural Resources awards $1.1 million to improve outdoor recreation
06/28/2022 Summertime fun – the heat is on!
06/20/2022 Ground-penetrating radar finds unmarked graves at Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site
05/16/2022 Big Lake State Park and Lewis and Clark State Park campgrounds will reopen May 16
05/11/2022 Big Lake Campground will reopen May 16
05/06/2022 Salt Creek Bridge on the Katy Trail now open
05/04/2022 Ozark Mountain State Park has a new name
04/27/2022 Katy Trail State Park voted #2 Best Recreational Trail!
04/23/2022 Twilight Trek and Taste at Washington State Park canceled
04/22/2022 Department of Natural Resources announces 2022 Earth Day slogan contest winner
04/17/2022 Portion of Katy Trail closed due to rock removal
04/01/2022 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
03/29/2022 Missouri State Parks hosts second annual virtual Earth Day youth art contest
02/18/2022 Danny Counts Selected As February 2022 State of Missouri and Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
02/17/2022 Backcountry Campsites at ​Hawn State Park reservable through the online reservation system beginning Tuesday, March 1
02/08/2022 Missouri State Parks makes enhancements to online reservation system Feb. 15
01/31/2022 Ranger Erika Burns Selected As January 2022 State of Missouri and Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
01/10/2022 Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Bus Grant Program grants
12/29/2021 Ortega National Parks will operate concessions at Sam A. Baker State Park beginning this spring
12/16/2021 Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Recreational Trails Program grants
12/14/2021 Department of Natural Resources accepts ownership of the Rock Island Corridor Dec. 14
12/09/2021 Department of Natural Resources photo contest winners announced
12/03/2021 Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
12/02/2021 Knob ​Noster State Park conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
11/30/2021 Amanda Burke receives National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
11/24/2021 Missouri State Parks enthusiasts can share the love with a December gift card special
11/17/2021 Missouri State Parks announces the 2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Round
11/09/2021 Missouri State Parks offers free tours and night of camping to veterans and active-duty military
11/02/2021 Geologic maps published by Missouri Department of Natural Resources
11/01/2021 Ken McCarty receives the 2021 Natural Areas Association’s Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award
10/27/2021 Director Dru Buntin announces 19 grantees for federal parks and recreation grants
09/28/2021 Cuivre River State Park challenges visitors to complete the "Passport to Adventure" now through Oct. 31
09/26/2021 Missouri State Parks reminds park visitors to follow Leave No Trace Principles while outdoors this fall
09/15/2021 The Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
09/15/2021 The Donnelly-LaMear Trailhead entrance at St. Joe State Park is now open
09/03/2021 Department of Natural Resources moves LGBTQ exhibit to Lohman Building
08/31/2021 Department of Natural Resources director names deputy and new Missouri State Parks director
08/02/2021 Missouri State Parks announces 2022 grant round for Historic Preservation Fund grants
07/30/2021 Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses to stay safe when enjoying nature
07/27/2021 2021 Bicentennial Katy Trail Ride canceled due to recent flooding
07/23/2021 Keep safety top of mind when exploring the outdoors
07/20/2021 Registration for Glow Paddle at Wakonda State Park on Aug. 21 is now open
06/25/2021 Missouri State Parks adds 25-mile, family-friendly fun ride to the 2021 Bicentennial Ride at Katy Trail State Park
06/23/2021 Missouri state parks provide refuge for Missouri pollinators during National Pollinator Week and beyond
06/10/2021 Department of Natural Resources offers assistance for outdoor recreation projects
06/09/2021 Thunderbird Lodge at Washington State Park selected as a recipient of the Preserve Missouri Award
06/08/2021 Missouri State Parks announces winners of Virtual Youth Earth Day Art Contest
06/08/2021 Sappington African American Cemetery in Arrow Rock dedicated as new state historic site
05/27/2021 Missouri State Parks celebrates the completion of the Katy Trail State Park connector in Sedalia
05/27/2021 Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day Weekend
05/19/2021 Missouri State Parks announces the 2021 Bicentennial Ride at Katy Trail State Park
04/30/2021 Missouri State Parks offers same-day reservations at most campgrounds this season
04/29/2021 Roaring River State Park heavily impacted by historic flooding, camping and angling opportunities temporarily impacted
04/20/2021 Missouri State Parks adds 22 trails to ​Birdability program
04/20/2021 Ortega National Parks will operate Lake of the Ozarks State Park Marina beginning this spring
04/13/2021 Missouri State Parks hosts virtual youth Earth Day art contest
04/13/2021 Lake of the Ozarks State Park opens new special-use area during April 10 ceremony
04/01/2021 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
03/12/2021 Missouri state parks and historic sites prepare for 2021 camping season
03/03/2021 Anglers celebrate 2021 trout season opening in Missouri state parks
02/19/2021 BA Services Inc. to operate ​Meramec State Park lodging, watercraft rental and retail concessions
02/05/2021 Missouri State Parks now accepting nominations for all-terrain and utility task vehicle riding representative on Missouri Trails Advisory Board
01/21/2021 Missouri State Museum launches Missouri state Capitol virtual tour series
01/14/2021 Missouri state parks are open - indoor spaces remain closed through Feb. 28
12/16/2020 Missouri State Parks announces 2021 round for outdoor recreation grants
12/14/2020 Department of Natural Resources photo contest winners announced
11/24/2020 Missouri state parks remain open - indoor spaces to close
11/10/2020 Missouri State Parks senior naturalist, Michelle Soenksen, receives national 2020 Master Front-line Interpreter Award
11/04/2020 Missouri State Parks announces grantees for Federal Recreational Trail Program grants
10/21/2020 Missouri State Parks encourages park visitors to follow Leave No Trace Principles and social-distancing guidelines this fall
10/08/2020 Missouri State Parks launches new online map highlighting park and site status and temporary closures
10/06/2020 Permits now required for backpackers camping in backcountry of Hawn State Park
10/05/2020 Missouri State Parks launches Better Impact, an online volunteer signup and recruitment tool
09/30/2020 Bennett Spring State Park recognizes Robert ​Wolkwitz as winner of pawpaw contest
07/15/2020 Missouri State Parks and Office of Geospatial Information recognized with the Special Achievement in GIS Award
07/14/2020 Missouri State Parks announces 2021 round for Historic Preservation Fund grants
06/16/2020 Missouri State Parks announces 12-month camping reservation window beginning June 30
06/10/2020 DNR reminds Missourians to be aware of potential harmful algae blooms in waterways this summer
06/04/2020 Missouri State Parks reopens some visitor centers and offices
05/27/2020 Missouri State Parks accepting nominations for three members of Missouri Trails Advisory Board
05/17/2020 St. Joe State Park off-road vehicle riding area reopens May 18
05/14/2020 Missouri State Parks campgrounds to begin phased reopening on May 18
05/12/2020 State Historic Preservation Office receives ACHP Chairman’s Achievement Award
05/11/2020 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
05/11/2020 Elephant Rocks and Castlewood state parks open May 11
05/11/2020 Weston Bend and Watkins Woolen Mill state parks partially open May 11
05/05/2020 Missouri State Parks cancels 2020 Katy Trail Ride
04/29/2020 Missouri State Parks announces phase one in resuming normal operations
04/17/2020 Missouri State Parks extends temporary closures through May 3
03/31/2020 Missouri State Parks modifies operations to address overcrowding
03/23/2020 Missouri state parks remain open for day-use, temporarily closing campgrounds and lodging March 27 through April 30
03/19/2020 Missouri state parks remain open, temporarily closing visitor centers and park or site offices to walk-in foot traffic - effective Friday, March 20
03/14/2020 Missouri State Parks postpones special events and programs and temporarily suspends guided group or school tours now through April 30
03/13/2020 Missouri State Parks postpones events and programs now through April 30
03/03/2020 Register to ride or volunteer for the 20th annual Katy Trail Ride
03/03/2020 Anglers celebrate 2020 trout season opening in Missouri state parks
01/31/2020 Department of Natural Resources names new Missouri State Parks Director
01/27/2020 Bennett Spring State Park announces 2019 Art Contest Winners
01/16/2020 Missouri State Parks accepts nominations for off-highway motorcycling representative on Trails Advisory Board
01/10/2020 Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides climate-controlled waiting area for Amtrak customers at Jefferson Landing
12/26/2019 Katy Trail State Park Story Map Online
12/17/2019 Department of Natural Resources and Ameren Missouri's Missouri Central Railroad sign agreement on Rock Island Line Corridor
12/17/2019 Missouri State Parks announces 2020 round for outdoor recreation grants
11/26/2019 Missouri State Parks Gift Cards Available
11/21/2019 Missouri State Parks asking assistance from trail users to test trail app
11/01/2019 Missouri State Parks returns management of Viney Creek Recreation Area to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
10/24/2019 Ortega National Parks to operate Montauk State Park concession beginning Nov. 1
08/15/2019 Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor
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06/11/2019
05/31/2019 2019 Katy Trail Ride Canceled Due to Missouri River Flooding
05/24/2019 Missouri State Parks offers free camping for Missouri residents displaced by tornadoes and flooding
05/22/2019 J. Huston Tavern closed due to kitchen fire
03/29/2019 Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park honors Annie’s legacy
03/28/2019 Missouri State Parks accepts nominations for General Trail Use representative through May 31
03/22/2019 Missouri State Parks offers free camping for Missouri residents displaced by flooding
02/25/2019 Bennett Spring State Park redirects traffic to park’s main entrance
02/11/2019 Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor
01/28/2019 Department Announces Community Art Contest Winners
12/21/2018 Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site opens new exhibit
12/18/2018 State of Missouri celebrates the legacy of Pat Jones
12/17/2018 Missouri State Parks announces 2019 grant round for outdoor recreation grants
12/06/2018 Missouri State Parks announces grant round for outdoor recreation grants
11/09/2018 Missouri State Parks announces $2 rate increase for campsites with electricity
10/12/2018 Drought Update
10/05/2018 Drought Update
09/28/2018 Drought Update
09/25/2018 Drought Update
09/21/2018 Drought Update
09/21/2018 Missouri State Parks seeking bid applications for a concessionaire at Montauk State Park
09/14/2018 Drought Update
09/10/2018 Drought Update
08/31/2018 Drought Update
08/28/2018 Drought Update
08/27/2018 Drought Update
08/27/2018 Drought Update
08/20/2018 Drought Update
06/07/2018 Missouri State Parks announces Centennial Passport Program winners
05/25/2018 Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day Weekend
05/15/2018 Missouri State Parks seeks to recruit and hire more veterans
04/30/2018 Finger Lakes State Park main entrance to temporarily close for lake dam renovation
03/05/2018 Anglers celebrate 2018 trout season opening in Missouri State Parks
01/22/2018 Public Comments on Closed Missouri State Parks' Properties Now Available Online
01/18/2018 Missouri State Parks Soliciting Bids for Food and Resale Concession Operation at St. Joe State Park
11/3/2017 Missouri State Parks extends Centennial Passport program
9/22/2017 Missouri Crews Return from Helping with Florida Cleanup
09/12/2017 Missouri Crews Heading to Florida to Help with Cleanup
07/21/2017 Missouri State Parks is increasing awareness concerning mosquitoes
06/30/2017 Tick study under way at Meramec State Park
11/04/2016 Missouri State Parks offers early camping reservations for 2017 solar eclipse
08/12/2016 Missouri State Parks designates new wild area
12/08/2015 Missouri State Park Ranger earns national Park Ranger of the Year Award
10/07/2015 “The Battle of Island Mound” wins two Emmy Awards from NATAS Mid-American Chapter
06/05/2015 Nine of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence