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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 6, 2023 – If you’re in southeast Missouri next week, be sure to check out these activities at state parks and historic sites.

  • hree women kneeling in a circle on the grass and practicing their fire starting techniques.
    Thursday, Sept. 14: Women Outdoors Class: Survival Skills at Echo Bluff State Park
    Join the Echo Bluff State Park team for a girls’ night out at their Women Outdoors series. These hands-on outdoor classes are taught by women for women. This month focuses on survival skills, where you will learn about the rule of three and building a fire without a light and a match. The class will be held at the bluff top at 6 p.m. All equipment is provided, but registration is required and can be done by calling Connie at 573-751-1224 or emailing Participation is limited to women over 18. Echo Bluff State Park is located at 35244 Echo Bluff Drive in Eminence.
  • Two women seated at a table practice their nature journaling. Multicolor summer flowers in vases decorate the tables.
    Friday, Sept. 15: Nature Journaling Workshop: “Color Play” at Echo Bluff State Park
    Nature journaling is an exciting and calming way to enjoy nature stress free. Let’s put some color in your journal. Find out the best way to do that. Questions like what do you like to use in the field versus at home and do you prefer to take pictures first and then journal later will be the focus. There will be different types of colored media and types of paper to try. Registration is required and can be done by contacting Connie at 573-751-1224 or Meet at the Bluff top Pavilion at 10 a.m. at 35244 Echo Bluff Drive in Eminence.
  • Fall foliage on bluff overlooking water at Trail of Tears State park.
    Saturday, Sept. 16: Public Meeting at Trail of Tears State Park
    Park representatives in the public to a town hall-style meeting at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. Park operations and updates will be discussed along with a time for questions and answers. Trail of Tears State Park is located at 429 Moccasin Springs in Jackson.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: Public Meeting at Dillard Mill State Historic Site
    The red Dillard Mill sits overlooking creek with fall foliage surrounding the mill site.
    Come to the mill for an open house-style public meeting where participants can learn more about the historic site and its operations and visit with park representatives. Dillard Mill State Historic Site is located at 142 Dillard Mill Road in Davisville.

For detailed information on any of these activities, please visit 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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