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News Releases
April 20, 2021 Missouri State Museum and Daniel Boone Regional Library present Missouri Trailblazer: Thomas Hart Benton virtual program April 20
May 5, 2021 Missouri State Museum hosts virtual Landing After Hours: 1849 Cholera Outbreak May 5
General News
Date of Press Release  
04/19/2021 Missouri State Parks adds 22 trails to National Audubon Society’s ​Birdability program
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
10/25/2019 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
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