State Parks Stories

Missouri State Parks invites you to explore the world of nature our state has to offer. Read our stories and find a state park that's close to you.

Jul 16

The Art of Falconry at State Parks

Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.

She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.

“They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”

In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.

May 23

New Features at Lake of the Ozarks State Park Marinas

SPS_MARINA_001Ask Betsey Browning, the bait lady, what will be for sale this summer at the Grand Glaize Marina at the Lake of the Ozarks and she recites a menu sure to make any fish bite.

Apr 24

Visiting Bingham’s Artistic Roots

SPS_BINGHAM_001In a December 1858 edition, the Marshall Weekly Democrat noted that artist George Caleb Bingham was returning to Missouri from Europe after completing paintings of George Washington and T

Mar 16

Hiking the Ozark Trail

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California has the PCT. Missouri has the OT.