News Release 227

Owl Prowl at Big Oak Tree State Park Dec. 7

Volume 39-227 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to join park staff for a half-mile night hike to learn about owls at Big Oak Tree State Park near East Prairie on Saturday, Dec. 7. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, two separate hikes will be held. The first will begin at 5 p.m. and the second will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about owls and listen for the park’s nocturnal inhabitants. Participants should meet in the rear parking area, and the hike will cross the lake levee. The event is free but reservations are required.

The Owl Prowl 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, Gov. 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.

Big Oak Tree State Park is located 14 miles south of East Prairie on State Highway 102.

In the event of inclement weather, hikes will be cancelled. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Big Oak Tree State Park at 573-649-3149 or Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site 573-748-5340 prior to Dec. 7. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.