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Missouri Resources - Spring 2015 Feature Stories

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 “This morning…I discover’d a Cave…I think it one of the most remarkable Caves I ever saw in my travels.” Journal: Joseph Whitehouse, Lewis and Clark Expedition, May 28, 2804. Missouri is not only known as the Show-Me State but also as the Cave State. The impact water has on the landscape is evident all around us. Missouri residents and visitors can more than scratch the surface by exploring an underground world made possible by water. Learn more about caves in Missouri, how they are formed, their uses, and the cave life living within them on the department’s website at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/wrc/caves.htm or by reading the department’s Geologic Column of Missouri at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/docs/gcwinter8.pdf.

There are nearly 190 caves in Missouri state parks. Water has played a principle role in forming every one of them. Missouri state parks showcase four of the best for public tours, which include: Onondaga Cave and Cathedral Cave at Onondaga Cave State Park, Fisher Cave at Meramec State Park and Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones that illustrate this underground museum created by water.  Learn more about cave tours within Missouri State Parks by visiting http://mostateparks.com/activity/cave-tours.

A Missouri Treasure - The Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology

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Plan a visit to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology in Rolla and learn more about Missouri’s minerals, rocks, fossils, mammoth tusks, maps and more! Children and adults often bring rocks and other items to our museum and ask for a geologist who can examine and properly identify them.The department encourages visitors to stop by so we can help. The museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to plan ahead and print the Rock and Mineral Set booklet from the Department of Natural Resources’ website and bringing it with you when you explore the museum. Learn more about the museum at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/edclarkmuseum.htm.

But Not Least – Healthy Water Contributes to a Health Economy

Our Missouri Waters support a vibrant economy and our citizens’ health and lifestyles. The quality and quantity of water in a watershed truly affects the quality of life in that watershed.  Learn more about what a watershed is, what the benefits of a healthy watershed are and how you can help protect and improve the health of your watershed and the economy in your communities by visiting the department’s website at http://dnr.mo.gov/omwi/OMWWatersheds.htm.

Where does it flow? Modeling a Watershed

Build a watershed model and explore the flow of water over the model. Students will modify the watershed model to simulate the effect of wetlands and groundwater and observe the effect of pollutants within the model watershed. These observations are then translated to your local watershed. Download the lesson plan at http://dnr.mo.gov/education/docs/where_does_it_flow.pdf.


Missouri Resources - Winter 2015 Feature Stories

Missouri is a Hot Spot for Cold Weather Birding

Capitol Fossils

Several excellent winter bird-watching spots can be found in Missouri State Parks. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and The Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM) have formed a partnership to help Missourians become more familiar with birds through the State Parks Checklist Project (SPARKS). The data is available in the form of checklists for bird watchers, nature lovers and park users.

Additional Bird Migration Activities for Educators and Interested Birders

GeoSTRAT – Tried and True


GeoSTRAT Worksheet and Activity

As educators across the state look at the Missouri Learning Standards, many are looking for a way to make the connection from content knowledge to applied science to give their students real-world skills using authentic data to answer real-world questions. As our state moves toward more sustainable use of our natural resources and a new, dynamic era of economic development, it is critical to prepare our students for the future. A tool that can help educators and students with this mission is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Web-based tool, GeoSTRAT.

See this link for an article about geologic mapping: The Value of Geologic Mapping

Capitol Fossils

In terms of numbers, the fight was a skirmish.  In terms of impact, the Battle of Island Mound changed the face of the Civil War. 

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where does the water go and how do we know

Where Does the Water Go?

“Bugs” are just one component of the arsenal of tools and technology used to protect the environment.  Read more about these water tracing bugs that actually are activated charcoal packets designed to absorb specialty dyes that help track potential contaminants in groundwater.  More...

McCracken Cores


This year marks the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' 40th anniversary. More...


First Day Hikes

Black bear populations in Missouri are experiencing resurgence.  This means park guests should “Be Bear Aware” to safely share the park these majestic creatures. 


Missouri Resources - Spring 2014 Feature Stories

Water's Journey

Where Does it Flow?
Modeling a Watershed Lesson Plan & Activity.

The Missouri River is one of America’s most important natural resources.

Off-Road Tires

Scrap Tire - The Road to ReTIREment
Missourians generate about 5 million scrap tires per year, or roughly one tire per person. What happens to tires when they get old and bald? 

McCracken Cores

Missouri Geological Survey - Earth science for everyone

Research and support services are available from the Missouri Geological Survey’s McCracken Core Library and Research Center; Frank C. Greene Geology Library; and the Missouri Geology Bibliography.

First Day Hikes


Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck! Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face's Explore Your Parks Program to teach families to learn to camp and learn to paddle.

Bridging Our History

Explore Missouri’s historic covered bridges

Explore Missouri’s historic covered bridges
Missouri's surviving covered bridges are precious examples of fine craftsmanship using simple but effective engineering techniques. They serve our generation as eloquent reminders of the texture of life in days gone by.

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge
State Historic Site
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Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site
Locust Creek Covered Bridge
State Historic Site
Locust Creek Video Link
Burfordville Covered Bridge
Burfordville Covered Bridge
State Historic Site
Union Covered Bridge
Union Covered Bridge

State Historic Site

Stockton State Park Water Trail

The clear waters of Stockton Lake beckon visitors to water ski, scuba dive, swim, or fish. Located in Dadeville on a peninsula that juts northward between the Big and Little Sac arms of the lake, Stockton State Park offers easy access to the lake and its many recreational opportunities.

Rock Matters - Chert, A Geologic Mystery

Whether you call it chert or flint, chert is one of Missouri’s most common rocks, was prized by Native Americans They used chert to make arrowheads and scraping and cutting tools because it breaks with a curved or shell-like fracture, leaving edges as sharp as broken glass.

Missouri Resources - Winter 2014 Feature Stories

Capitol Fossils

Capitol Fossils

A map to some of the fossils in the Missouri State Capitol
Countless fossils are embedded in the marble in the walls and floors, the rotunda, the treads of the stairways and on the exterior of this majestic building.  Check out this brochure to find just a few of the fossils found in the Missouri State Capitol.


Additional Information about Crinoids and Brachiopods

Winter Fun

First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes - Celebrate the beginning of 2014 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park.

Missouri State Parks Check out our Missouri State Park's event calendar for fun winter activities across the state.

A Silver Celebration - Stream Team Story

Stream Learn more about Missouri's Stream Team program and the department's Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring program.

Winter WaterWhere Does it Flow? Modeling a Watershed Lesson Plan & Activity.

Explore Missouri - A Winter’s Day At Missouri’s Historic Homes

Visit or find out more about these three beautiful and famous historic homes.

Hunter Dawson
Hunter Dawson State Historic Site
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

Top Spots - Opening Day

Whether you're gearing up for opening day or enjoy the beauty and relaxation of Missouri's three premier state trout parks, you'll find everything you need to know here.

Bennett Spring
Roaring River
Roaring River

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