Park to Host Earth Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wonders of Wildlife to present birds of prey programs

On Saturday, April 21, Roaring River State Park will host an Earth Day Celebration.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center with a birding hike along the River Trail.†Hikers are encouraged to bring their binoculars.

The event is free and open to the public, and will also include free tree giveaways for visitors, a live bird show, interpretative programs and activities.

Staff from Wonders of Wildlife will also present two programs to showcase their beautiful raptors.†

"This year, we are excited to announce that Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium are bringing live birds of prey," said Kelly Koch, Interpretative Resource Specialist at the nature center.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be handing out free trees at the nature center all day to promote Earth Day.

"These trees and shrubs would provide great habitat for attracting birds to your yard," Koch said.

Other agencies joining in on include the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, which will be on-hand to provide information and free activities.

The nature center will host interpretive programs including a birdís nest activity and bird feeder craft at noon and 3 p.m.

For more information about the event, contact a park naturalist at the nature center at 417-847-3742.

Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112 in Barry County.†For more information about the park call 417-847-2539.

For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit www.mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.