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


Coming up this Summer!

click on image to download a flyer

Connor's Cave Tours Flyer

Saturdays through August 28

Bats and Cave Flyer

Fridays and Saturdays in July

Superintendent Meet and Greet Flyer

July 16

Water Festival Flyer

July 16


Nature Detective Registration Opens

Enjoy the beauty of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and learn about nature with your preschool age child (3-6 yr. old). There is also a concurrent program for 7 to 8 year olds if your pre-schooler has older siblings.

9:00 am or 10:30 am on these dates:
            Forest Friends Wed., June 22 or Sat. June 25
            Bats in the Cave Wed., July 20 or Sat. July 23
            Critters in the Stream Thurs., July 28 or Sat. Aug. 30

Online Registration (preferred) - Sign up under
Phone Registration -  573- 443-0104, only if you do not have computer.

Sponsored by Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park,  the Missouri Department of Resources, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and Downtown Optimists



New! 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




    July 2016

    July 2016 Newsletter:

    Board News - Farewell and thanks to Jim Weaver, welcome to Lynny Hooper

    A Superintendent's View - Keeping Cool

    Naturalist News - Baby Vultures

    July Board Meeting Monday July 11, 6:30 pm, Park Office

  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • Connor's Cave Tours - Saturdays through August 28
  • Bats and Caves of Devil’s Icebox - July 8, 9, 29 and 30. Recommended for ages 7 to adult. Registration is required: 573-449-7400 download a flyer
  • Water Festival - 9 am to Noon, July 16, Devil's Icebox Parking Lot - free and open to the public, no registration required.
  • Superintendent Meet and Greet - 9 am to Noon, July 16, Devil's Iceboc Parking Lot

Jr. Naturalist Day Camp – Tuesday through Friday August 2-5, 9 am to 1:30 pm. Registration Required 573-449-7400 or email after April 1. For ages 9 to 11. Participants will earn a Missouri State Parks Explorer patch by participating in four days of hands-on activities, including hiking, cave exploring, and wading in streams while learning about wildlife and ecology. Free.


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