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One person dressed in orange shirt, white helmet and blue jeans is climbing up the rocks assisted with blue ropes. On the right another person in a t-shirt, blue jeans and white helmet is attempting to reach the top of the rocks using blue ropes as assistance.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 26, 2024 – Want to see Missouri state parks from a new perspective? Join the Learn2 Climb program and learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing from a certified instructor and then try it out on real rock. This beginner-level course will allow you to enjoy nature from new heights! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, Missouri State Parks is hosting an introductory rock climbing program at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This opportunity allows participants to try a new activity while experiencing some of Missouri’s vertical attractions. All equipment (harness, helmet and climbing shoes) and expertise is provided; participants just need to provide enthusiasm and eagerness to discover nature and a new skill. They should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking and rock climbing activities, and bring a packed lunch and enough water for the day.

This program is free, but preregistration is required. Registration opens online March 1 and participation is limited. Participants must be at least 10 years of age; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entire program (parents or guardians are not required to climb). To register, visit the Missouri State Parks reservation system. If you have questions, please email

This program is made possible by the Bronco Wild Fund, whose mission is to support agencies and organizations that are devoted to the great outdoors. 

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is located at 148 Taum Sauk Trail in Middle Brook. For more information, contact 573-546-2450.

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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