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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 27, 2022 – Team members from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend informational meetings throughout the state to provide their input and comments and to ask questions about the park and its operations. Park team members will be present to answer questions and provide information. The meetings for five state parks and historic sites in Saline and Howard counties will be held on Saturday, May 7.

  • Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park -This open house will begin at 1 p.m. in the small shelter house at the park located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. Following the meeting, visitors are invited to participate in a guided trail hike followed by a birding program.
  • Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Sappington African American Cemetery State Historic Site, Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site and Boone’s Lick State Historic Site – The open house for these state historic sites will take place west of Columbia at Arrow Rock State Historic Site’s Tavern Lawn, under the tent. The historic site is located at 39521 Visitor Center Drive in Arrow Rock. The open house begins at 10 a.m., and participants are also invited to stay for the Birds and Bees Festival.

Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings are being held in all state parks and historic sites to help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings will inform the public on the current status and future plans for the park or historic site and offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. For a list of scheduled informational meetings, visit

To learn more about these meetings, call Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park at 660-886-7537 or Arrow Rock State Historic Site at 660-837-3330.

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

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