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Special Events, Exhibits and Meetings
Event/Exhibit/Meeting Date
News Release
Nov 14-Dec 31, 2022 'Trouble and Triumph' exhibit showcased at Missouri State Museum through December
Dec 7, 2022 Landing After Hours: Granny Women, Yarb Doctors and Other Missouri Folk Healers scheduled at Missouri State Museum Dec. 7
Dec 9-10, 2022 Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site Dec. 9-10
Dec 9-10, 2022 Experience holiday haberdashery at the Peck Brothers Dry Goods and Hardware Store Dec. 9-10
Dec 10, 2022 Arrow Rock State Historic Site hosts old-fashioned Christmas in the Village Dec. 10
Dec 10, 2022 Buckhannon Brothers featured at Candlelight Christmas concert Dec. 10
Dec 10, 2022 Celebrate Christmas Through the Decades at Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site Dec. 10
Dec 10, 2022 Decorate a wintry wreath at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park Dec. 10
Dec 18, 2022 Santa Claus visits Echo Bluff State Park on Dec. 18
General News
Date of Publication
News Release
Nov 9, 2022 Elephant Rocks State Park conceptual development plan survey now online
Oct 25, 2022 Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site conceptual development plan survey now online
Oct 25, 2022 Melanie Smith selected as October 2022 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
Oct 18, 2022 Thousand Hills State Park officially opens new trail
Oct 3, 2022 Bennett Spring State Park announces Pawpaw Contest winner
Sep 21, 2022 Ha Ha ​Tonka State Park conceptual development plan survey now online
Sep 20, 2022 Lee Mace's famous bass fiddle now resides at Missouri State Museum
Sep 7, 2022 Missouri State Historic Preservation Office announces 2023 grant application round for Historic Preservation Fund Grants
Aug 24, 2022 Scott Joplin House State Historic Site conceptual development plan survey now available online
Aug 17, 2022 Missouri State Parks Announces Winners of Virtual Youth Earth Day Art Contest
Aug 16, 2022 2022 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program grant application round is now open
Aug 8, 2022 2023 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application round is now open
Aug 4, 2022 Missouri Trails Advisory Board seeks representative for equestrian-use trails
Aug 1, 2022 Hero Deer Hunt signup now open
Jul 28, 2022 Finger Lakes State Park conceptual development plan survey now online
Jul 27, 2022 Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough to keep us from visiting Missouri state parks
Jul 26, 2022 Missouri Department of Natural Resources publishes report about glades in Missouri
Jul 25, 2022 Cpl. Steve Jabben Selected As State and Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
Jul 22, 2022 Grant assistance to underwrite school field trips now open
Jul 20, 2022 Bramwell Bridge at Bennett Spring State Park closed to vehicular traffic
Jul 19, 2022 For a ​gorge-ous view, visit Missouri’s “Little Grand Canyon”
Jul 15, 2022 ExplorUS will operate Lake Wappapello State Park concessions
Jul 12, 2022 Department of Natural Resources awards $1.1 million to improve outdoor recreation
Jun 28, 2022 Summertime fun – the heat is on!
Jun 20, 2022 Ground-penetrating radar finds unmarked graves at Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site
May 16, 2022 Big Lake State Park and Lewis and Clark State Park campgrounds will reopen May 16
May 11, 2022 Big Lake Campground will reopen May 16
May 6, 2022 Salt Creek Bridge on the Katy Trail now open
May 4, 2022 Ozark Mountain State Park has a new name
Apr 27, 2022 Katy Trail State Park voted #2 Best Recreational Trail!
Apr 23, 2022 Twilight Trek and Taste at Washington State Park canceled
Apr 22, 2022 Department of Natural Resources announces 2022 Earth Day slogan contest winner
Apr 17, 2022 Portion of Katy Trail closed due to rock removal
Apr 1, 2022 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
Mar 29, 2022 Missouri State Parks hosts second annual virtual Earth Day youth art contest
Feb 18, 2022 Danny Counts Selected As February 2022 State of Missouri and Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
Feb 17, 2022 Backcountry Campsites at ​Hawn State Park reservable through the online reservation system beginning Tuesday, March 1
Feb 8, 2022 Missouri State Parks makes enhancements to online reservation system Feb. 15
Jan 31, 2022 Ranger Erika Burns Selected As January 2022 State of Missouri and Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month
Jan 10, 2022 Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Bus Grant Program grants
Dec 29, 2021 Ortega National Parks will operate concessions at Sam A. Baker State Park beginning this spring
Dec 16, 2021 Missouri Department of Natural Resources opens 2022 round of Recreational Trails Program grants
Dec 14, 2021 Department of Natural Resources accepts ownership of the Rock Island Corridor Dec. 14
Dec 9, 2021 Department of Natural Resources photo contest winners announced
Dec 3, 2021 Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
Dec 2, 2021 Knob ​Noster State Park conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
Nov 30, 2021 Amanda Burke receives National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
Nov 24, 2021 Missouri State Parks enthusiasts can share the love with a December gift card special
Nov 17, 2021 Missouri State Parks announces the 2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Round
Nov 2, 2021 Geologic maps published by Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Nov 1, 2021 Ken McCarty receives the 2021 Natural Areas Association’s Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award
Oct 27, 2021 Director Dru Buntin announces 19 grantees for federal parks and recreation grants
Sep 28, 2021 Cuivre River State Park challenges visitors to complete the "Passport to Adventure" now through Oct. 31
Sept 26, 2021 Missouri State Parks reminds park visitors to follow Leave No Trace Principles while outdoors this fall
Sep 15, 2021 The Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site conceptual development plan is now complete and available online
Sep 15, 2021 The Donnelly-LaMear Trailhead entrance at St. Joe State Park is now open
Sep 3, 2021 Department of Natural Resources moves LGBTQ exhibit to Lohman Building
Aug 31, 2021 Department of Natural Resources director names deputy and new Missouri State Parks director
Aug 2, 2021 Missouri State Parks announces 2022 grant round for Historic Preservation Fund grants
Jul 30, 2021 Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses to stay safe when enjoying nature
Jul 27, 2021 2021 Bicentennial Katy Trail Ride canceled due to recent flooding
Jul 23, 2021 Keep safety top of mind when exploring the outdoors
Jul 20, 2021 Registration for Glow Paddle at Wakonda State Park on Aug. 21 is now open
Jun 25, 2021 Missouri State Parks adds 25-mile, family-friendly fun ride to the 2021 Bicentennial Ride at Katy Trail State Park
Jun 23, 2021 Missouri state parks provide refuge for Missouri pollinators during National Pollinator Week and beyond
Jun 10, 2021 Department of Natural Resources offers assistance for outdoor recreation projects
Jun 9, 2021 Thunderbird Lodge at Washington State Park selected as a recipient of the Preserve Missouri Award
Jun 8, 2021 Missouri State Parks announces winners of Virtual Youth Earth Day Art Contest
Jun 8, 2021 Sappington African American Cemetery in Arrow Rock dedicated as new state historic site
May 27, 2021 Missouri State Parks celebrates the completion of the Katy Trail State Park connector in Sedalia
May 27, 2021 Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day Weekend
May 19, 2021 Missouri State Parks announces the 2021 Bicentennial Ride at Katy Trail State Park
Apr 30, 2021 Missouri State Parks offers same-day reservations at most campgrounds this season
Apr 29, 2021 Roaring River State Park heavily impacted by historic flooding, camping and angling opportunities temporarily impacted
Apr 20, 2021 Missouri State Parks adds 22 trails to ​Birdability program
Apr 20, 2021 Ortega National Parks will operate Lake of the Ozarks State Park Marina beginning this spring
Apr 13, 2021 Missouri State Parks hosts virtual youth Earth Day art contest
Apr 13, 2021 Lake of the Ozarks State Park opens new special-use area during April 10 ceremony
Apr 1, 2021 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
Mar 12, 2021 Missouri state parks and historic sites prepare for 2021 camping season
Mar 3, 2021 Anglers celebrate 2021 trout season opening in Missouri state parks
Feb 19, 2021 BA Services Inc. to operate ​Meramec State Park lodging, watercraft rental and retail concessions
Feb 5, 2021 Missouri State Parks now accepting nominations for all-terrain and utility task vehicle riding representative on Missouri Trails Advisory Board
Jan 21, 2021 Missouri State Museum launches Missouri state Capitol virtual tour series
Jan 14, 2021 Missouri state parks are open - indoor spaces remain closed through Feb. 28
Dec 16, 2020 Missouri State Parks announces 2021 round for outdoor recreation grants
Dec 14, 2020 Department of Natural Resources photo contest winners announced
Nov 24, 2020 Missouri state parks remain open - indoor spaces to close
Nov 10, 2020 Missouri State Parks senior naturalist, Michelle Soenksen, receives national 2020 Master Front-line Interpreter Award
Nov 4, 2020 Missouri State Parks announces grantees for Federal Recreational Trail Program grants
Oct 21, 2020 Missouri State Parks encourages park visitors to follow Leave No Trace Principles and social-distancing guidelines this fall
Oct 8, 2020 Missouri State Parks launches new online map highlighting park and site status and temporary closures
Oct 6, 2020 Permits now required for backpackers camping in backcountry of Hawn State Park
Oct 5, 2020 Missouri State Parks launches Better Impact, an online volunteer signup and recruitment tool
Sep 30, 2020 Bennett Spring State Park recognizes Robert ​Wolkwitz as winner of pawpaw contest
Jul 15, 2020 Missouri State Parks and Office of Geospatial Information recognized with the Special Achievement in GIS Award
Jul 14, 2020 Missouri State Parks announces 2021 round for Historic Preservation Fund grants
Jun 16, 2020 Missouri State Parks announces 12-month camping reservation window beginning June 30
Jun 10, 2020 DNR reminds Missourians to be aware of potential harmful algae blooms in waterways this summer
Jun 4, 2020 Missouri State Parks reopens some visitor centers and offices
May 27, 2020 Missouri State Parks accepting nominations for three members of Missouri Trails Advisory Board
May 17, 2020 St. Joe State Park off-road vehicle riding area reopens May 18
May 14, 2020 Missouri State Parks campgrounds to begin phased reopening on May 18
May 12, 2020 State Historic Preservation Office receives ACHP Chairman’s Achievement Award
May 11, 2020 Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open
May 11, 2020 Elephant Rocks and Castlewood state parks open May 11
May 11, 2020 Weston Bend and Watkins Woolen Mill state parks partially open May 11
May 5, 2020 Missouri State Parks cancels 2020 Katy Trail Ride
Apr 29, 2020 Missouri State Parks announces phase one in resuming normal operations
Apr 17, 2020 Missouri State Parks extends temporary closures through May 3
Mar 31, 2020 Missouri State Parks modifies operations to address overcrowding
Mar 23, 2020 Missouri state parks remain open for day-use, temporarily closing campgrounds and lodging March 27 through April 30
Mar 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
Mar 14, 2020 Missouri State Parks postpones special events and programs and temporarily suspends guided group or school tours now through April 30
Mar 13, 2020 Missouri State Parks postpones events and programs now through April 30
Mar 3, 2020 Register to ride or volunteer for the 20th annual Katy Trail Ride
Mar 3, 2020 Anglers celebrate 2020 trout season opening in Missouri state parks
Jan 31, 2020 Department of Natural Resources names new Missouri State Parks Director
Jan 27, 2020 Bennett Spring State Park announces 2019 Art Contest Winners
Jan 16, 2020 Missouri State Parks accepts nominations for off-highway motorcycling representative on Trails Advisory Board
Jan 10, 2020 Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides climate-controlled waiting area for Amtrak customers at Jefferson Landing
Dec 26, 2019 Katy Trail State Park Story Map Online
Dec 17, 2019 Department of Natural Resources and Ameren Missouri's Missouri Central Railroad sign agreement on Rock Island Line Corridor
Dec 17, 2019 Missouri State Parks announces 2020 round for outdoor recreation grants
Nov 26, 2019 Missouri State Parks Gift Cards Available
Nov 21, 2019 Missouri State Parks asking assistance from trail users to test trail app
Nov 1, 2019 Missouri State Parks returns management of Viney Creek Recreation Area to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Oct 24, 2019 Ortega National Parks to operate Montauk State Park concession beginning Nov. 1
Aug 15, 2019 Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor
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May 31, 2019 2019 Katy Trail Ride Canceled Due to Missouri River Flooding
May 24, 2019 Missouri State Parks offers free camping for Missouri residents displaced by tornadoes and flooding
May 22, 2019 J. Huston Tavern closed due to kitchen fire
Mar 29, 2019 Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park honors Annie’s legacy
Mar 28, 2019 Missouri State Parks accepts nominations for General Trail Use representative through May 31
Mar 22, 2019 Missouri State Parks offers free camping for Missouri residents displaced by flooding
Feb 25, 2019 Bennett Spring State Park redirects traffic to park’s main entrance
Feb 11, 2019 Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor
Jan 28, 2019 Department Announces Community Art Contest Winners
Dec 21, 2018 Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site opens new exhibit
Dec 18, 2018 State of Missouri celebrates the legacy of Pat Jones
Dec 17, 2018 Missouri State Parks announces 2019 grant round for outdoor recreation grants
Dec 6, 2018 Missouri State Parks announces grant round for outdoor recreation grants
Dec 9, 2018 Missouri State Parks announces $2 rate increase for campsites with electricity
Oct 12, 2018 Drought Update
Oct 5, 2018 Drought Update
Sep 28, 2018 Drought Update
Sep 25, 2018 Drought Update
Sep 21, 2018 Drought Update
Sep 21, 2018 Missouri State Parks seeking bid applications for a concessionaire at Montauk State Park
Sep 14, 2018 Drought Update
Sep 10, 2018 Drought Update
Aug 31, 2018 Drought Update
Aug 28, 2018 Drought Update
Aug 27, 2018 Drought Update
Aug 27, 2018 Drought Update
Aug 20, 2018 Drought Update
Jun 7, 2018 Missouri State Parks announces Centennial Passport Program winners
May 25, 2018 Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day Weekend
May 15, 2018 Missouri State Parks seeks to recruit and hire more veterans
Apr 30, 2018 Finger Lakes State Park main entrance to temporarily close for lake dam renovation
Mar 5, 2018 Anglers celebrate 2018 trout season opening in Missouri State Parks
Jan 22, 2018 Public Comments on Closed Missouri State Parks' Properties Now Available Online
Jan 18, 2018 Missouri State Parks Soliciting Bids for Food and Resale Concession Operation at St. Joe State Park
Nov 3, 2017 Missouri State Parks extends Centennial Passport program
Sep 22, 2017 Missouri Crews Return from Helping with Florida Cleanup
Sep 12, 2017 Missouri Crews Heading to Florida to Help with Cleanup
Jul 21, 2017 Missouri State Parks is increasing awareness concerning mosquitoes
Jun 30, 2017 Tick study under way at Meramec State Park
Nov 4, 2016 Missouri State Parks offers early camping reservations for 2017 solar eclipse
Aug 12, 2016 Missouri State Parks designates new wild area
Dec 8, 2015 Missouri State Park Ranger earns national Park Ranger of the Year Award
Oct 7, 2015 “The Battle of Island Mound” wins two Emmy Awards from NATAS Mid-American Chapter
Jun 5, 2015 Nine of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence