As part of their centennial celebration, Missouri State Parks hosted a Centennial Passport Program, which ran from April 9, 2016, through April 9, 2018. Everyone was challenged to visit all 88 of Missouri's state parks and historic sites during that time frame and get their passports stamped or enter a digital code into their digital passports. Each person that completed the program experienced everything that Missouri State Parks has to offer, including prairies, battlefields, covered bridges, ancient Indian villages, forested hills and valleys with caves and springs, streams with trout, lakes with bass and the homes of honored artists, pioneers, soldiers and statesmen.
A random drawing from the names of all the people who completed the program was held and seven people won a vacation package to a Missouri state park. Click on the link to the right to see who the winners were.
The park system was officially established on April 9, 1917. Since then, the system has grown to include more than 150,000 acres available to the public. There are a wide variety of opportunities to hike, camp, fish, discover the past and explore nature.