Missouri State Parks Honors Veterans

at Missouri State Parks

Missouri State Parks values the contributions of veterans, current service members and their families. We are honored to provide the following opportunities to those who have given so much.

Military Camping Discount

Military members and veterans receive $2 per night camping discount year-round at state parks campgrounds. Nightly camping rates vary from campground to campground based on different criteria. Campsites with an electric amenity (electric, electric/water, sewer/electric/water) are priced differently for those with 30 amp. service than for those with 50 amp. service (premium). The military discount will be given to retired, veteran and active-duty military personnel, as well as family members of active-duty military personnel – all of whom must show the proper valid military identification at time of check-in. Forms of identification include: CAC card, DD Form 1173, Form 214 or any of the examples shown here. A full listings of the camping rates by facility, broken down by season, can be found by visiting our Camping Rate page

Veteran Recruitment Program

Missouri State Parks seeks employees who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting public resources, and our veterans have demonstrated their commitment while also developing valuable skills that we need. In accordance with state law, if you are a veteran, a family member of a veteran or a survivor of a veteran, you are given preference in the employment selection process when you are similarly qualified to other applicants for the same position. If you are a veteran, we encourage you to ensure that your military experience is included in every application you submit for employment at Missouri State Parks. (Read More...)

Blue Star Museums Program

The Blue Star Museums Program is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the U.S. During the Blue Star program current military members and their families receive free admission to the following museums and historic sites beginning on Armed Forces Day through Labor Day:

Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Revere Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington
Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, Pilot Knob Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, Kansas City Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Burfordville
Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site, Ash Grove Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Higginsville Deutschheim State Historic Site, Hermann
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, New Madrid Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, Jefferson City
Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, St. Louis Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Park Hills
Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Laclede Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site, Lamar
Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, Florida Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, Ste. Genevieve Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, Lawson

Missouri State Parks Partners with our Military

Missouri State Parks partners with Fort Leonard Wood Army Base and Whiteman Air Force Base to provide recreational opportunities.

Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area

Located within Lake of the Ozarks State Park, with over 1,150 miles of shoreline, Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area (LORA) provides camping, boating, swimming, fishing and many other outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. LORA welcomes active-duty military, retired military, members of the National Guard and Reserves, DoD employees with ID cards, family members, and Fort Leonard Wood contract employees. Visit the Lake of the Ozarks State Park page for more information about the state park and activity listings.

Royal Oaks Golf Course

Royal Oaks Golf Course, located within Knob Noster State Park, is owned and operated by the United States Air Force and is open to the public. Visit the Knob Noster State Park page for more information on about the state park.