News Release 551

Washington State Park introduces Discovery Program Oct. 1-3

Volume 38-551 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 22, 2010 -- Washington State Park near De Soto will host its first annual Discovery Program Weekend on Oct. 1-3.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the weekend event is designed to introduce the park and all it has to offer to young people and their families through interactive programs, activities and service projects.  Participants will learn more about Washington State Park and also help to keep the park beautiful and protected for future generations. Everyone from single families to large youth groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church groups are encouraged to attend this unique program. 

The event will kick off Friday, Oct. 1, with an introductory evening program at 7:30 p.m. in the campground amphitheater. It will conclude at noon on Sunday, Oct. 3, with an awards ceremony at the amphitheater.  Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a unique patch ($3 fee applies) that will help them remember their experiences at Washington State Park. Other activities include service projects, nature programs, trail hikes, a tour of the petroglyphs and completion of a park scavenger hunt.

The event and the park itself are part of the Washington County Home Grown Farm Tour.  To learn more about the other stops on the tour, visit the tour website at

This event promises to be full of excitement, fun and learning for all ages.  Advanced reservations are requested; contact the park office to sign up your group or family.  Group camping is available; contact the Thunderbird Lodge to make reservations (636-586-2995). Electric and tent camping are also available via reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping reservations may be made through the parks website: or by phone at 877-422-6766.

Washington State Park is located 10 miles south of De Soto on State Highway 21.  For more information or to make your reservation for the event, call the park directly at 636-586-5768 or call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information about other state parks and historic sites, visit