News Release 073

Volunteering opportunity planned March 9 and 18 at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Volume 38-073 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., FEB. 17, 2010 -- Interested in volunteering at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia, or just want to learn more about the park? Attend one of the two "Volunteering at Rock Bridge 101" training courses on March 9 or 18 at the park. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, these trainings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is seeking people who are able to donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to help protect park resources and serve park visitors. This training will cover the park's history, its mission and significant resources as well as the basic geology, hydrology and biology of the Devil's Icebox Cave system and its connection to surface watersheds. Potential volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups will be outlined including presenting programs for children and adults; leading wild cave tours; patrolling trails; conducting frog, toad and butterfly surveys; eradicating invasive plant species; assisting with prescribed burns; maintenance work; office work and researching cultural history. No obligation is required. Participants who complete this training and want to volunteer will receive a volunteer manual and may sign up for additional training and service opportunities.

Advance registration is required for this program, which is designed for adults. Ages 12 to 17 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must complete an application and pass a background check.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located at 5901 South Hwy 163 south of Columbia. For more information or to register for one of the programs, contact the park at 573-449-7402 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about the park or all of Missouri's state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at