There are two new ways to volunteer in Missouri State Parks. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently announced the start of the Adopt-a-Park and Youth Volunteer Patch programs.
Families, organizations, youth groups, school groups and businesses are invited to adopt trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and streams within state parks and historic sites through the Adopt-a-Park program.
Groups are asked to contribute 200 service hours over a one- or two-year period. After completion of 100 service hours, a sign will be installed at the park recognizing the group's efforts.
Any picnic area, roadside or river bank at Roaring River State Park can be adopted. The following trails can also be adopted by groups: Eagles Nest Trail; Devil's Kitchen Trail; River Trail and Deer Leap Trail; Springhouse Trail; Fire Tower Trail.
Other service opportunities include painting, exotic and invasive species control, special event assistance, glade restoration, flower garden maintenance and litter patrol.
A group leader should visit the park office to discuss work options and potential schedules.
Youth under the age of 18 and organized youth groups, such as Scouts, 4-H groups and FFA chapters, are invited to assist with specific projects in state parks and historic sites through the Youth Volunteer Patch program.
Current opportunities at Roaring River State Park are painting or staining benches, picking up trash, performing trail maintenance, completing campground projects, assisting with special events and helping with river cleanup.
Youth should visit the park office to arrange a work day. Upon completion of the project, they will receive a Missouri State Parks Youth Volunteer patch. Each youth can complete the program one time.
For more information, call 847-2539 or visit mostateparks.com.