Programs and Events

Good Neighbor Program

The Good Neighbor Program is a project of the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park (FoRB) to recognize and support the efforts of park neighbors who take practical and meaningful steps to maintain the health of the park.

The program asks neighbors to help keep the park healthy by making efforts in five areas that are critical to protecting and conserving natural features and wildlife:

Keep sewage out of sinkholes
Keep storm water away from streams and sinkholes
Keep invasive plants at bay
Keep pets under control
Keep in touch with the park


Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives 2010

For the last eight 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 program is also supported by the Columbia Downtown Optimists.

In addition to the preschool program for 3-6 year olds, we offer a concurrent activity for 7-8 year olds.

2016 Schedule

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

Want to volunteer? Email to sign up for volunteer training. (This is for volunteer training only!)


Urban Population Outreach Program (UPOP) Summer 2016

The Urban Population Outreach Program aims to reach children and youth who might not otherwise be able to participate. In cooperation with local youth agencies such as Boys and Girls Club, Fun City, Central Latino we offer field activities in the park that include camp skills, nature study, and cave tours. The Missouri Parks Association provides financial support, and the Boone's Lick Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist provides program support.

Rock Bridge Renewal 2016

Twice a year FoRB organizes a stewardship day at the Park. Check the newsletter for dates.

The schedule for both days is the same - email Kevin at to participate

  • 8:15 am to 8:30 - sign in, pick a project, get your tools
  • 8:30 am to 11:30 am - work on projects, litter pick up on 163, removing old fencing and trash in the park, removing honeysuckle in the park
  • 11:30 to Noon - pizza lunch


Earth Day Tabling

Each year we have a table at the Columbia Earth Day Festival. Email Jan Weaver at if you are interested in helping with this event.