News Release 117

"Hug a Herp Day" scheduled at Prairie State Park July 20

Volume 39-117 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Prairie State Park will be celebrating their third annual “Hug a Herp Day” on July 20. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can come and see various reptiles and amphibians including snakes, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders.

Hug a Herp Day is designed to help dispel myths and rumors about reptiles and amphibians. Participants will also have a chance to see and touch amphibians and reptiles as well as make a fun craft to take home.
A visit to Prairie State Park is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge.

To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines. For more information about the event, contact the park at 417-843-6711. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.