State Parks Stories

Missouri State Parks invites you to explore the world of nature our state has to offer. Read our stories and find a state park that's close to you.

A New Gateway to the Ozarks

The development of the state park system’s property in Shannon County will add a new lodge, cabins and campground to the state park system but will open up for exploration a much larger landscape of the Missouri Ozarks and its wealth of wooded hills, bluff-lined valleys and sparkling float streams.

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The development a new state park will open up for exploration a landscape of the Missouri Ozarks.

The Art of Falconry at State Parks

Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.

She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.

“They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”

In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.

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Various state parks around Missouri are holding programs to explain the ancient art of falconry.

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