Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14
The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.
The park offers a variety of activities in the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
These include evening slide shows every Friday and Saturday at Big Spring and Alley Spring Campgrounds.
Other activities, including nature hikes and special events occur each summer. These change every year, so check park bulletin boards once you arrive for latest schedules.
Junior Ranger Program
River Exploration Kits Explore the river (or the woods) with our free River Exploration Kits! These contain nets, bug containers, field guides, small aquariums, and other stuff to help you investigate the world around you. They are available at every Visitor Center, please return them when you are ready to go home.
Teachers should check out our Environmental Education Program by clicking here. Special programs are available for school groups. Please call for details: (573) 323-8093.
Go outside! But if you can't get outside today, try these:
ONLINE GAMESThe Water Festival (from Project Wet) A fun activity for younger kids to learn the importance of water to all of us.
The Watershed Game - do you know what a watershed is? Why is it important? Learn or show off what you know with this fun game.
WebRangers - the cool online Junior Ranger page! Some of the activities below are from WebRangers:
Eagle trivia - what do you know about our national symbol?Native American Writing - Can you write a story in pictographs?
Recycle Game - Do you know what to recycle and what's "trash?"
Fire in the National Park! - What will you do? Can you help?
Water Games from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Admin.
Kid Friendly Nature Websites:
Archeology for Kids
I"f you grew up in the country, chances are you have fond memories of lazy days down by a river, creek or pond." - (Darlene Donaldson, "The River" in Country Magazine)
Did You Know?
Blue Spring is 310 feet deep. If the Statue of Liberty was standing on the bottom, the top of her torch would be underwater! It is widely considered to be the most beautiful spring in Missouri due to its vivid blue color. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...