July 08, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Graham Cave State Park hosts a Naturalist in the Making Hike July 20

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 5, 2019 – The public is invited to participate in a Naturalist in the Making Hike from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Graham Cave State Park.

What do naturalists do when they are out in the field? What do they look for, what do they see? This hike, guided by Park Naturalist Lorie Volenberg, will help answer those questions.Two Discovery Backpacks  filled with identification tools for wildflowers, ferns, trees, birds and more will be used on the hike. Each backpack has a pair of binoculars to see things far away and a hand lens to explore tiny things up close. Kids will be given their own Discovery Book to complete along the way. When completed, they may bring it into the visitor’s center to get stamped!

This 2-mile hike on the Loutre River Trail will yield the opportunity to explore different habitats such as bottomland forests, oak and hickory upland forests, and limestone glades. Some sections of trails are rocky and good hiking shoes are recommended. It is recommended to bring a bottle of water and to use insect repellent. 

Please RSVP if you would like to attend this hike by contacting the park office at 573-564-3476. Special accommodations may be provided on request.

Graham Cave State Park is located off Interstate 70, between Kingdom City and St. Louis, on Highway TT, 2 miles west of Highway 161 at the 170 Exit in Danville. For more information about the event, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476.

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