Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon will hold two events designed to let participants enjoy nature and exercise, including a photography hike May 18 and the “Ride with a Ranger” bicycle ride May 19.
Visitors can join professional photographer and naturalist Al Griffin as he leads a two-hour class that combines hiking and photography May 18 starting at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the Bennett Spring State Park nature center to learn tips on how to capture photos and make the best use of those accidental encounters with birds and wildlife.
Participants are encouraged to bring a camera or cell phone camera, dress appropriate for outdoor weather and wear comfortable shoes. The principles of photography will be practiced and applied to all cameras equally. Participants will learn that success in photography does not depend upon equipment as much as technique.
Griffin is a professional photographer who also volunteers at the state park and is a member of the Missouri Master Naturalist Program. His work has been published in various magazines and exhibited in New York City and Paris.
The public is invited to the “Ride with a Ranger” event at 1 p.m. May 19.
Participants will join the park’s ranger on a bike ride across the historic Civilian Conservation Corps bridge around Bennett Spring Zone 1 to Shelter A and back.
Those wishing to join the bike ride should meet at the fish hatchery feeding station across from the park store. Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.
Participants will also learn about bike safety and road rules and have an opportunity to get acquainted with the park’s ranger. The riding terrain is mostly flat with some grassy off-road riding and one hill. The ride length and destination can be altered if needed to accommodate riders with special needs, or inclement weather. Insect repellent is strongly recommended.
Future rides are planned for June 15, July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.
About Bennett Spring
Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A, about 12 miles west of Lebanon.
Purchased by the state in the 1920s, Bennett Spring is one of Missouri’s first state parks, and one of four trout parks in the Show-Me State. More than 100 million gallons of clear, cool water gush from Bennett Spring each day and form a spring branch stocked daily with rainbow trout. Fishing is the main draw, but the park also offers other amenities such as a dining lodge, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails.
For more information about events happening at Bennett Spring State Park, call the park’s nature center at 417.532.3925 or fish hatchery staff at 417.532.4418.
For more information about other Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit the web at mostateparks.com.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.)