News Release 102

Behind the scenes tour offered at Onondaga Cave State Park March 27

Volume 38-102 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 5, 2010 -- Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in your local state park? Find out on Saturday, March 27, at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. This event will begin at 11 a.m. at the park's visitor center and is free and open to the public.

Recent scientific research, resource stewardship and cave restoration projects will be highlighted during this special event. At noon, a free tour of Onondaga Cave will take place highlighting these accomplishments. During the tour, staff will be talking specifically about this research and stewardship, providing details about past and current projects as well as plans for future research and cave restoration efforts. In addition, the recent stainless steel handrail system, a former project funded by the parks, soils and water sales tax, will be pointed out during the tour. To provide a quality informational tour about these important aspects of the cave ecosystem, the tour will be open to the first 30 participants through advanced reservation. If significant interest occurs, one additional tour may be added.

The public will have the opportunity to visit with the park manager and naturalist about these topics and a representative from the Onondaga Friends Association will be available to talk to individuals about their role as volunteers for resource stewardship projects. Visitors can gather more information regarding involvement with the park's upcoming cave restoration projects and visit with park staff about other volunteer opportunities available at the park.

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