Amateur photographers can tour Onondaga Cave March 21

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Volume 37-063 For Immediate Release: March 19, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Amateur "shutter bugs" are invited to experience Onondaga Cave -- a National Natural Landmark due to the abundance and quality of its cave formations -- through their camera lens.  Onondaga Cave State Park, near Leasburg, will host a special photo tour March 21. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Amateur photographers are invited to join park staff and capture a picture perfect tour of Onondaga Cave. Ample time will be allowed to photograph some of the cave's best features, including formations known as Queen's Canopy, Twins, Lily Pad Room and Rock of Ages. Advance reservations for this tour are required and space is limited to 30 people. Participants must bring their own cameras and equipment.  Conditions in the cave include limited lighting, concrete walkways, metal handrails, cool temperatures and high humidity.  The walk is semi-strenuous, involves several hills, will take approximately three hours and is just under one mile.  Participants should dress appropriately and wear shoes with good tread (no flip flops or heals).  Regular cave tour fees apply to this tour, which are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages six to 12.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at