News Release 143

Open House and bat conservation program planned for August 31 at Onondaga Cave State Park

Volume 39-143 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to attend an open house at Onondaga Cave State Park on Saturday, August 31. The informational meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in the nature room of the park’s visitor center. In conjunction with the open house, the park will also host “My Oh My Where Have All the Bats Gone?” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which features fun family activities focused on bat conservation.

Representatives from the park will be on hand to review recent activities and projects at the facility. Visitors will be invited to share comments regarding park operations and services. This open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure that citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

“My Oh My Where Have All the Bats Gone?” will include activities, raffles and giveaways as visitors learn about the importance of bat conservation and preservation. Presentations and trivia games about bats will take place throughout the day with bat-oriented prizes. Participants can watch a movie about bat conservation, play a game about bat fact or fiction or just visit to learn about these incredibly fascinating masters of the night skies.

A visit to Onondaga Cave 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.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park at 573-245-6576. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources