News Release 218

Keep Baker Beautiful Day Planned April 17 at Sam A. Baker State Park

Volume 38-218 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 14, 2010 -- You are invited to spend the day outdoors and help one of Missouri's most scenic state parks at the "Keep Baker Beautiful Day" April 17 at Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the 18th annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Everyone is invited to this special event that recognizes both Earth Day and Missouri Beautification Month by getting the park in shape for the upcoming visitation season.  There will be assignments for all ages. Planting, trail care and litter patrol are just a few of the projects planned for the day.  After the work, volunteers will receive a free picnic lunch and a certificate of appreciation. Bring a pair of work gloves and drinking water, wear closed-toed shoes and join the fun. 

For more information, contact Michelle Soenksen, park naturalist, at 573-856-4514. Call the park office at 573-856-4411 by April 15 to register. In case of severe or inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.  Meet at the park's visitor center around 8:30 a.m. to meet other volunteers and get your project assignments.

Sam A. Baker State Park is located four miles north of Patterson on Highway 143 in Wayne County. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit