PEEP Passports available during spring break

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer PEEP Passports to Discovery at parks across southwest Missouri March 16 through March 24.

"We will have a passport book that can be picked up at any PEEP location," said Tim Smith, Roaring River State Park naturalist. "If an individual visits six of the eight sites they will receive a PEEP patch."

In addition to Roaring River State Park, area residents may visit George Washington Carver National Monument, the Missouri Department of Conservation Joplin office, the Nathan Boone state historic site, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Prairie State Park, the Southwest Kansas Nature Center and Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.

According to Smith, all of the participating sites will offer their normal programs throughout the week. This weekend, Roaring River State Park will offer a cave hike and a hatchery tour at 2 p.m. and Explorer Hour at 3 p.m. on Saturday.Guests are invited to take part in a Deer Leap Trail hike or a hatchery tour at 2 p.m. on Sunday. A program on raccoons will be also offered at the nature center at 3 p.m.

PEEP passports will be offered at no charge. The program is designed for families with elementary-aged children. Passports will be limited to one per family.

Passports can be obtained at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center, which is located off of Highway F near campground #3 in Roaring River. The center's hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information of PEEP, call the nature center 847-3742.

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