Celebrate National Moth Week and explore the natural wonder of moths at two events sponsored by Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
At 7 p.m. July 24, an educational presentation will be given at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. Led by local entomologist and photographer Donna Brunet, the presentation will include many of her moth photos. The second event will be held Saturday, July 28 at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia. Moths will be attracted by light and bait to the Gilbert Memorial Picnic Shelter area for easy viewing. During this event, ingredients will be provided for those who would like to make and eat s’mores, courtesy of the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Stop in anytime between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on July 28 for “Moths are S’more than Chocolate Brown.”
These events, sponsored by Missouri State Parks, are recommended for ages seven years and up and do not require reservations. For the July 28 program, bring a flashlight but leave your insect repellant at home because it will drive away the moths.
Orr Street Studios is located at 106 Orr Street in Columbia (from College Avenue, go west on Walnut Street and then north half a block on Orr St.). Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located five miles south of Columbia on Highway 163. For more information, contact Rock Bridge Memorial State Park at 573-449-7400. For more information about the park or all of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.