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


Rock Bridge Renewal Coming Up April 12

Help clean up our adopted stretch of highway through the park, remove invasive honeysuckle and take out old fencing. Meet at the Devil's Icebox parking lot at 8:30. Wear sturdy shoes and bring tools and gloves if you have them. Afterwards, Join us for pizza, courtesy of Kurt Mirtsching and Shakespeare's, to celebrate the difference we have made in the park.

Hickam Cabin Fundraiser a Success!

Over 50 folks joined us Monday, February 24 at the Panera on Providence to help raise funds for the Hickam Cabin Restoration. We are now more than 70% of the way towards our goal. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to FoRB, with Hickam Cabin in the memo line, to FoRB, P.O. Box 7642, Columbia MO 65205.

Hickam Cabin Restoration

For as long as most of us can remember, Hickam Cabin has stood as a reminder of the park’s cultural heritage. Unfortunately, time has caught up with the cabin. The roof sags, the chimney leans and the log walls are gradually losing their chinking. Without help, this iconic emblem of the park will have to be dismantled and removed. Permanently.

FoRB’s mission is to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the park. So the board set up a Hickam Cabin committee that has been working with the Division of State Parks for the last 18 months to plan and carry out renovation and stabilization of Hickam Cabin.

  • We’ve got plans (thanks to local architect Kimi Chinn Rother and engineer Greg Linneman);
  • We’ve found a builder (Mr. Wagner of Vienna Missouri, who specializes in renovating old cabins);
  • We’ve raised half of the funds (thanks to generous donations from Dorothy Stoerker-Peters, the Hickam Cabin Committee, the FoRB Board, the Rock Bridge Men’s Picnic, and the Hickam Family in Prosper Texas)

Now we need your help to reach our goal!

Please join us on Monday February 24 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Panera on Providence (3709 Providence, just off the Nifong and Providence intersection).

Please download and print this flyer and bring it with you. Just hand it in when you order your food or beverage. The more flyers handed in, the greater the percentage of sales go to the project - 50 flyers means a 20% donation from Panera.

If you can't make the event at Panera but would like to help, please send a check to us at FoRB, P.O. Box 7642, Columbia MO 65205 with Hickam Cabin in the memo line.

FoRB is a 501 (c)(3) organization. All donations to FoRB are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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.


Special from the 2010 Summer Nature Detectives Program

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Special for March 2010: Superintendent Jim Gast's Photo Essay of the Gans Creek Wildlife Area

Jim Gast's Photo Essay of Gans Creek Wildife Area




    April 2014

    April 2014 Newsletter:

    Superintendent's News - Vernon Barr, Park Projects, 100 Mile Challenge

    See Missouri (and a little bit of Illinois) - check out the wonderful places there are to see in Missouri and get to know your home state a little better.

  • April 21, 2014 Board Meeting 6:30 pm, Park Office
  • April 12 Rock Bridge Renewal
  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • April 11 Spring in the Air
  • May 3 Shooting Stars and other Wildflowers
  • Read the State Park Funding Coalition's document on funding state park improvements
  • Donate to state parks