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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 16, 2022 –  Team members at Sam A. Baker State Park invite the public on Wild Edibles Scavenger Hunts during the month of May. The St. Francois Mountains are coming alive with vibrant color and beauty and edible plants. Copies of the Wild Edible Scavenger Hunts can be picked up at the visitor center during open hours.

Awake to spring by taking a leisurely stroll along the popular Shut-ins Trail and search for wildflowers along the way. This activity is the perfect way to learn about Missouri's native flora while staying safe and having a blast while doing it! The Shut-Ins Trail trailhead is located near the park store.  

Please do not pick the flowers or wander off the trail. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water and wear sturdy shoes and insect repellent.

This event is being held in conjunction with the National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day. For more information about Kids to Parks Day and to see a complete list of associated events at Missouri State Parks visit

Sam A. Baker State Park is located in southeast Missouri, 4 miles north of Patterson on Highway 143 in Wayne County. For information, contact the park at 573-856-4514.

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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