Missouri’s state parks have a variety of activities and events happening during the month of August.
Below are just a few of the activities planned at state parks in the region surrounding Fort Leonard Wood:
— Bennett Spring State Park will hold another of its “Ride with a Ranger” events at 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Participants will join the park’s ranger on a free 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. Participants should bring their bicycles, helmets and water.
Insect repellent is strongly recommended.
Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon, about 45 miles west of Fort Leonard Wood. For more information about the event, call the nature center at 417.532.3925 or fish hatchery staff at 417.532.4418.
— The Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site in Ash Grove, Missouri, will host Tinsmithing Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17. Participants can join the site’s resident tinsmith for a demonstration and enjoy a display of reproduction 19th century tinware.
Tinsmithing became common in England in the 1630s. By the early 1800s, because the United States could produce the tin themselves, tinsmithing became very popular and common here, as well. In the 19th century, tinsmiths produced everything from lanterns to milk pitchers to coffee roasters.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site is located 112 miles west of Fort Leonard Wood, 2 miles north of Ash Grove at 7850 N. State Highway V. For more information about the event, or for weather-related cancellation information, call the historic site at 417.751.3266.
— Graham Cave State Park will hold free “Story Hikes” from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 31.
Graham Cave was a seasonal home to Native Americans living as far back as 10,000 years ago. Participants will join park naturalist Lorie Volenberg for this 0.3-mile, moderate-level hike on Graham Cave Trail where she will share the story of how the early people lived and adapted to environmental changes over the course of 9,000 years.
Participants are to meet at the lower parking lot near the park’s interpretive shelter.
Graham Cave State Park is located about 120 miles north of Fort Leonard Wood near Danville, Missouri, off Interstate 70. For more information about events at Graham Cave State Park, call 573.564.3476.
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
— Ha Ha Tonka State Park will hold “Row with a Ranger” at 10 a.m. Aug. 25. This free event allows people of all ages to experience the joy of kayaking.
Rangers will provide information on Ha Ha Tonka State Park and nearby attractions, as well as information regarding Lake of the Ozarks State Park, which is located approximately 20 minutes from Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
Attendees should bring their own equipment, including kayak, life jacket and paddle. Space is limited.
Attendees can sign up at mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park. Participants will meet at the Ha Ha Tonka Spring Access Parking Lot. In the event of severe weather, rangers may postpone or cancel the event.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located about 55 miles west of Fort Leonard Wood, just south of Camdenton on State Road D, near the Lake of the Ozarks.
For more information about the event, call the park at 573.346.2986.