Earth Day Celebration and Volunteer Day

4/20/2024 | Washington State Park | De Soto, MO

Come out to Washington State Park on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate Earth Day. All activities will take place outside, so be sure to dress for the weather.

Event Schedule:

10 a.m. – Meet at Thunderbird Lodge for a Signs of Spring Hike. Join interpretive staff to discover new plant growth along the base of 1,000 Steps Trail.

Noon – Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Washington State Park around noon at Shelter 2 in the Big River Day-Use Area.

1 p.m. – Show some love to the Earth by helping keep our park clean! Join us for a laid-back trash pickup in the scenic Big River Day-Use Area. Or, if you would prefer to help with our tree planting effort, join staff in planting saplings along the river bottom.

2:30 p.m. – Meet at Shelter 2 for an interactive craft: decorating a flower pot. Pick up native plant seeds to plant at home and watch them grow! Staff will lead a short session on caring for native plants and incorporating them into landscapes.

4 p.m. – Head over to the petroglyph site for a tour of the park's American Indian rock carvings. Hear about ways Indigenous people practiced stewardship in their cultures.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here and use the “Choose Date” box to find the event listing.

For more information, call the park office at 636-586-5768.

Event time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click here to see the event flyer.

Click here to see more volunteer events at Missouri State Parks.

Washington State Park is located at:

13041 State Highway 104, De Soto, MO | 636-586-5768

Associated activities

  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs