News Release 226

Enjoy nature on spring hikes at Sam A. Baker State Park

Volume 38-226 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 15, 2010 -- Discover spring wildflowers and learn about edible plants on guided hikes this spring at Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson. Take a wildflower hike on Saturday, April 24 or a wild edibles hike on Saturday, May 15. Both hikes will begin at 10 a.m., are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

On the wildflower hike, you will discover the diverse wildflowers found in the park. Join a park naturalist for a leisurely stroll along the popular Shut-ins Trail while learning about the types of flowers, how to identify them, their medicinal and edible purposes, and historical folklore.

On the wild edibles hike, learn how to identify the plants, their medicinal and edible purposes, and historical folklore. This hike will also follow the Shut-ins Trail. 

For both hikes, meet at the Mudlick Trail trailhead, across from the park store and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

The Department of Natural Resources offers free and educational programs like these at many state parks and historic sites around the state. Learn about the state’s natural and cultural resources while having fun. 

Sam A. Baker State Park is located on Highway 143 about four miles north of Patterson.  For more information, contact the park naturalist at 573-856-4514 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit