Enjoy a guided spring hike April 25 at Meramec State Park

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Volume 37-090 For Immediate Release: April 17, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Learn about the blooming spring wildflowers and other natural wonders on a guided hike Saturday, April 25 at Meramec State Park near Sullivan.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the hike will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Join a park naturalist on a three-mile hike through Meramec Mosaic Natural Area to see how the spring colors of nature have exploded in the river bottoms and glades. Explore the rich diversity of natural communities in this 831-acre tract, including the spring wildflowers and animals that live there -- some of which are quite rare.

Hikers should meet in the lobby of the park's visitor center wearing comfortable hiking shoes, dressed for the weather, and are encouraged to pack water and a lunch or snacks. A hiking stick, camera and binoculars are also suggested.  

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources owns and/or manages 41 natural areas and is involved in major landscape restoration projects to preserve and interpret forests, woodlands, savanna, prairie, glades, wetlands and caves in Missouri state parks.

Meramec State Park is located three miles south of Sullivan on Highway 185. For more information, call the park directly at 573-468-6072 or the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks, visit www.mostateparks.com.