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

Annual Nature Detectives Registration Opens!

Nature Detectives 2010

For the last five years, the Friends have supported activites for pre-schoolers and their caregivers in the park. Meredith Donaldson organizes and carries out activities for adults to share with the kids they care about with help from Master Naturalists and other volunteers.

This year's schedule - 9:30 and 10:30 am on the dates listed

  • Bats in the Cave July 16 or 19
  • Critters in the Stream July 24 or 26

Registration is free but required. Email or leave a message at 573-443-0104

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




    August 2014

    August 2014 Newsletter:

    President's News - Guest Column- UPOP and Nature Detectives, FoRB's Education Programs

    Superintendent's News - Farewell to a Park Friend, Mud in the Gans

    Naturalist News - Hickam Cabin Rises Again

  • August 2014 Board Meeting August 11, 6:30 pm at the Park Office
  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • Junior Naturalist Day Camp for ages 9 to 11 - August 6th to 8th at the Park. Call to register at 573-449-7400


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