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

 

 

FoRB Seeking a Nature Detectives Coordinator

The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is seeking a Coordinator for its 2018 Nature Detectives Program. This person will work under the supervision of the current coordinator this summer with the idea of taking over the program next summer.

It is a short-term, part-time, recurring position for someone who likes teaching pre-schoolers and their caregivers how to enjoy nature in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. It would be ideal for a semi-retired person, stay at home parent, or someone with time on their hands in the summer. 

The position pays $15/hour for up to $900. 

Download the description and application for details about the job and for where to submit the application.

 

Upcoming Programs in the Park

  • Nature Detectives & Nature Explorers - 9 or 10:30 am
    Forest Stories - June 20 or 23
    Bats Rock - July 25 or 28
    Stream Critters - Aug 8 or 11
    download flyer

  • Water Festival - July 21
    9 am to Noon, Devil's Icebox
    Free and Open to the Public, Suitable for children 4 and up, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
    download a flyer

  • Jr. Naturalist Day Camp
    Register at https://mostateparks.com/ event/74146/jr-naturalist-day-camp

  • Watch Bats Fly - Aug 10 or 11 (br> 7 to 9:30 pm, Devil's Icebox, Register at 573-449-7400, Suitable for children 7 and up to adult
    download a flyer

 

 

May 2018 - Hickam Cabin Gets a Floor!

Thanks to a generous donation from the Rock Bridge Men’s Picnic, FoRB was able to install a floor in Hickam Cabin. Thanks also to our contractor Mike Gerard for planning and carrying out the work, to park staff for helping to level out the base with extra gravel, and to Sentinel Lumber of Ashland for working with us. Check it Out!

Hickam Cabin Floor

Spring Wildflower Hikes with Randall Clark

Thursdays March 15 to May 10

5:30 to 7:00 pm

 

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, 2015 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

    June 2018

    June 2018 Newsletter:

    President's Message - Counting Blessings

    Superintendent's Message - Eagle Scout Restores Fire Ring

    Naturalist's Message - Burn Sparks New Blooms

    June Board Meeting - June 14 , 2018, 6 pm , Park Office

     

  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • Nature Detectives & Nature Explorers - 9 or 10:30 am
    Forest Stories - June 20 or 23
    Bats Rock - July 25 or 28
    Stream Critters - Aug 8 or 11
    download flyer

    Water Festival - July 21
    9 am to Noon, Devil's Icebox
    Free and Open to the Public, Suitable for children 4 and up, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
    download a flyer

    Jr. Naturalist Day Camp
    Register at https://mostateparks.com/ event/74146/jr-naturalist-day-camp

  • Watch Bats Fly - Aug 10 or 11 (br> 7 to 9:30 pm, Devil's Icebox, Register at 573-449-7400, Suitable for children 7 and up to adult
    download a flyer

    Read the State Park Funding Coalition's document on funding state park improvements

  • Donate to state parks