Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park : Understanding, Appreciation, Enjoyment, Preservation

 

RBMSP 50th Anniversary Logo

50th Anniversary Hikes

Every month this year there will be a hike on the first Saturday of the month, with each hike featuring natural and cultural aspects of the park. Download a Hidden Treasures flyer

October Hike - Saturday the 7th - Saunders History and Coyote Bluff - flyer

  • November 4 - Devil's Icebox
  • December 2 - Special Use Area

50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday November 4
11 am to 3 pm
Devil's Icebox and other locations.

Connor’s Cave Tours, Hikes to Coyote Bluff, Interpretive Presentations on Plants, Animals and Park History along the Icebox Trail and at Hickam Cabin, Scavenger Hunt, Bench Dedication to the Park Founders, Souvenir Drink Cups, Music by Local Artists – Pippa Letsky, Anna Duff, The Calvin Street Band, Banastre Tarleton and His Band, Food by Big O Tires, Beverages by McDonalds. Free and Open to the Public. No reservations required.

Water Quality Monitoring Blitz!

Saturday October 14, 8:30 to Noon, Devil's Icebox Parking Lot

No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will assist with collection of chemical and macroinvertebrate data on streams in and near the Park. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes that can get wet. Lunch will be provided for volunteers after the event. For additional information, please contact Lynne Hooper at lhooper@boonecountymo.org or 573-886-4491.

Rock Bridge Renew!

Saturday October 28, 8:30 am to Noon, Devil's Icebox Parking Lot.

Help remove invasive plants, litter and old fencing. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring gloves and tools if you have them. Pizza and soda after the event. For additional information, please contact Kevin Roberson at kwrcdr@aol.com

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.

 

Work on Hickam Cabin Celebrated!

Hickam Cabin Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday November 15 the Hickam Cabin was rededicated with remarks by State Parks Director Bill Bryan, the Hickam family, and a ribbon cutting by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

HIckam Cabin Phase I Completed

Hickam Cabin Phase I Exterior

Hickam Cabin Interior 1

Hickam Cabin Phase I Interior 2

In August Clifford and Shawn Wagner completed Phase I of the Hickam Cabin renovation project. Photos by Jim Gast

Work Starts on Hickam Cabin!

Hickam Cabin June 2014

Hickam Cabin just before dismantling June 2014

Hickam Cabin after dismantling June 2014

Hickam Cabin after dismantling June 2014

Hickam Foundation poured and set June 2014

Hickam Cabin with foundation poured and first logs being stacked, June 2014

Hickam Cabin Committee

  • Susan Haines (chair)
  • Betsy Baker-Rall
  • Nancy Boon
  • Kimi Chinn Rother
  • John Larkin
  • George Montgomery
  • Dottie Stoerker-Peters

 

Lights, Power, Action at Rock Bridge Mills Shelter

Thanks to funding from the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, the shelter at Rock Bridge Mills now has solar-powered lights and electricity. This means that park staff can hold evening programs down atthe Devil's Icebox.

 

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.

 

Superintendent Jim Gast's Photo Essay of the Gans Creek Wildlife Area, March 2010

Jim Gast's Photo Essay of Gans Creek Wildife Area

 

 

NEWS AND EVENTS

    October 2017

    October 2017 Newsletter:

    President's Message - Rock Bridge Renew October 28

    Park Message - Brief History of the Park's Founding

    October Board Meeting - October 9, 2017, 6 pm , Park Office

    Water Quality Monitoring - October 14, 8:30 am to Noon, Devil's Icebox Parking Lot. Lunch included

    Rock Bridge Renew -
    October 28, 8:30 am to Noon, Devil's Icebox Parking Lot. Lunch included.

  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • 50th Anniversary Hikes
    1st Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30
    Download a flyer
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday November 4, 11 am to 3 pm, Devil's Icebox and other locations

 

  • Read the State Park Funding Coalition's document on funding state park improvements
  • Donate to state parks