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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Covid 19 and Parks

Scheduled programs are cancelled and places where people might congregate, like the playground, are closed. However the trails are open! If you are experiencing Covid 19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, please stay home. Remember to practice social distancing (6 feet). Keep your group under 10. Be sure to pack water and hand sanitizer. Check out more detailed guidance at https://mostateparks.com/response

Spring Wildflower Hikes - CANCELLED for APRIL

Randal Clark will be leading weekly wildflower walks again (his 38th year!) on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. starting March 26th and ending May 14th. No reservations needed; just arrive at Devil's Icebox parking lot.

Annual Rock Bridge Renew! CANCELED

Saturday, April 11th, 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.: Annual spring Rock Bridge Renew. Help clean up the park and Highway 163. Assist with removing invasive species. Meet at the Devil’s Icebox Parking Lot. Wear sturdy footwear.

Stream Sampling

Saturday, May 9th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stream Critters and Health
Catch aquatic animals, conduct chemical tests of the water quality and check on the health of park streams as part of an on-going citizen science project. No prior training necessary because new volunteers will be placed on teams with experienced Stream Team volunteers. Six teams will be created so that six sites can be monitored. Free lunch afterwards for those who helped. This stream monitoring blitz is held each spring and fall and is co-sponsored by Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Boone County Stormwater Management and Missouri Stream Teams. Registration is not necessary. Meet at Devil’s Icebox Parking lot. Bring something to drink and wear weather-appropriate clothing and boots or other water-appropriate shoes.

FoRB's Good Neighbor Program

Together with Park Naturalist Roxie Campbell, FoRB is starting a new Good Neighbor program to recognize those neighbors that live on the park boundary that take five key steps to keep the park healthy. These steps are to keep their wastewater systems in good order, keep stormwater out of streams by using best management practices, keep invasive plants at bay, keep pets and wildlife apart and keep in touch with the park.

See more about our Good Neighbor program here.

 

About the Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a 2,273-acre Missouri State Park with more than 15 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, an extensive cave system, an equestrian area and an orienteering course. The park was founded in 1967 and is named for the naturally occurring "rock bridge" due to the area's karst topography, and as a memorial to local child, Carol Stoerker, whose parents played a major role in raising funds to purchase the land for the park after her death in 1961.

The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park (FoRB) is a membership supported 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to promote understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and to aid in the protection of the park.

FoRB works with and supports Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, but it is a separate entity. Be sure and visit the state park homepage for Rock Bridge Memorial State Park for information on directions, map, hours, events, programs, special features and trails.

FoRB organizes community outreach to promote the park, stewardship activities to remove litter, old fencing and invasive plants, family oriented programs that complement park programs, fundraising for specific educational projects and representation of park concerns on local issues that affect the park.