April 08, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Storybook Day at Graham Cave State Park April 20

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 8, 2019 – Come to Graham Cave State Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 20 to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day as it hosts a self-guided storybook hike featuring the children’s picture book, "The Busy Tree", by Jennifer Ward. 

As you walk along the trail and read the story, collect “tokens” to be used when making your own tree at the visitor center. This is a moderate, 0.3 mile hike on Graham Cave Loop Trail that starts at the lower parking lot. After the hike, come to the visitor center where you will be able to explore the world of trees and the role they play in our lives.

Visitor center activities include:

  • Make your own tree.
  • Compare different kinds of tree bark and branches.
  • Learn what a tree’s rings can tell you.
  • Play "How Old is the Tree?" guessing game.
  • Plant your own bean seeds and keep a diary.
  • Watch a leaf breathe.
  • Learn what trees do for us.
  • Play "What’s Growing on the Bark?"

All activities are free and open to the public. We encourage you to dress appropriately for the weather during the hike. Insect repellent is highly recommended.

Graham Cave State Park is located off I-70, between Kingdom City and St. Louis, on Highway TT, two miles west of Highway 161 at the 170 Exit, in Danville. For more information about the event, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.