News Release 227

Spring wildflowers explored May 1 at Washington State Park

Volume 38-227 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 16, 2010 --With April showers, come May flowers! Join park staff for a guided wildflower hike May 1 at Washington State Park near De Soto. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the hike will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to the public.

During the walk, park staff will help you identify different species of native wildflowers and discuss how some of Missouri's wildflowers helped our ancestors treat illnesses, spice up meals, and add color to their lives.  Visitors should meet at the Thunderbird Lodge and be prepared for a two-hour program.  The walk will encompass portions of two park trails:  Opossum Track and 1000 Steps, and is considered an easy trek.  However, good walking shoes should be worn by all participants. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain. Wildflower identification guides are available for purchase at the Thunderbird Lodge.  

Washington State Park is located on State Highway 104 off Highway 21 between De Soto and Potosi. The park offers many amenities, including a campground with basic and electric sites; a showerhouse with laundry facilities; campground programs; a modern pool; cabins with full kitchens; canoe and raft rentals; a camp store and gift shop; 10 miles of hiking trails; and several picnic sites throughout the park.

For more information, call the park at 636-586-2995 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 state parks and historic sites, visit