Nature School in the Park
Share your ideas about this first ever joint parks and schools Nature School at an Open House, Thursday December 12 from 6 to 8 pm at the Columbia Public School's Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley Street. Kids are welcome and should bring their ideas too!
First Day Hikes in the Park
January 1- 1:00 pm Karst Trail (2 miles) Meet at Devil's Icebox Parking Lot
January 1- 1:30 pm Grassland Trail (2 miles) Meet at Devil's Icebox Parking Lot
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.
Special from the 2010 Summer Nature Detectives Program
Special for March 2010: Superintendent Jim Gast's Photo Essay of the Gans Creek Wildlife Area
- December 2013 Newsletter: President's Column -Steady, Supportive Stewardship
- Superintendent's News - Park News in Photos!
- Naturalist News - Diverse Natural Communities
- December 2013 Board Meeting No board meeting. Next Board Meeting is January 20, location TBD.
- Upcoming Park Programs
- First Day Hikes
- January 1, 1 pm Karst Trail (2 miles), meet at Devil's Icebox Trail Parking Lot
- January 1, 1:30 pm Grassland Trail (2 miles),, meet at Devil's Icebox Trail Parking Lot
- Read the State Park Funding Coalition's document on funding state park improvements
- Donate to state parks