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Bennett Spring State Park

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26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
(417) 532-4338 https://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park

Friday, May 3, 2019

Duck Identification

Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States

Meet us at the nature center to learn about ducks!  These feathered friends have several adaptations that set them apart from regular birds. Participants will discuss these water-loving birds and learn the process of identification.

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Kids Free Fishing Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Young anglers will have opportunities to experience the fun of catching fish and learning more about the outdoors. Kids 15 and under can pick up their free fishing tags at the park store or near the special event tent near the park store during the event on Saturday. Children can fish anywhere in the park; however, a special designated fishing area will be provided for children in Zone 2 near the playground area across from the park store. Volunteers and…

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Storytime Saturdays

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States

Join park staff every Saturday morning from March 2 to Oct. 26 for story time in the playground area across from the park store. Nature-themed books and activities will be featured. All age groups are welcome. If rain or extreme weather, it will be held in the nature center near the Freshwater Spring Exhibit.

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Know Your Knots

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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This is KNOT your average “how to class!” Join our expert knotsmith Brad Hanson at the nature center for this introductory class that will teach you the art of tying knots. We will start with the basics and teach you knots for everyday use and during all your outdoor adventures. Knowing how and when to use a few essential knots comes in handy whether you’re in your back yard or the back woods. You do KNOT want to miss this! …

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Wellness Hike

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 4:30 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Hiking is one of the greatest ways to get exercise and improve mental health.  Join ecotherapist and hiking guide Dana Hanson at the Shelter A picnic area near the Spring Trail trailhead. This is an easy 0.60-mile hike one way. Being in nature is said to boost your mood, reduce stress, calm anxiety and lead to a lower risk of depression. This hike is for men, women, teens and kids so bring out the family to see what the beauty…

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Ozark Astronomy

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 8:30 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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oin Dan Slais as he shares his knowledge as everyone can gaze into a telescope to view distant planets and constellations.  Join the fun across from the park store next to the fish hatchery. Participants are asked to park at the park store or fish hatchery and walk to the viewing area. Don’t forget your flashlight.

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Photo Walk

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Professional photographer Al Griffin will lead this two-hour class that will combine hiking with photography. Bring a camera, even a cell phone or tablet camera, for this Photo Walk. We plan to mark hiking trail with photos so that on your next outing, you will be able to see how the area changes throughout the seasons. The ability to find the same flowers, trees and grasses commemorating their growth with new photos can be exciting. You can also share the…

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Storytime Saturdays

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Join park staff every Saturday morning from March 2 to Oct. 26 for story time in the playground area across from the park store. Nature-themed books and activities will be featured. All age groups are welcome. If rain or extreme weather, it will be held in the nature center near the Freshwater Spring Exhibit.

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Wow! Wildlife Photography Program

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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What great photos of birds and wildlife we could take if only they'd pose for us. We could adopt the practices of wildlife photographers, buy camouflaged suits or tarps and wait in the wild for the right bird or animal to pass by. Or, we could simply learn how to make the best use of those accidental encounters. This program will begin at Shelter A near Bennett Spring. Cameras, cell phones and tablets are welcome. Plan for a photo walk…

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Storytime Saturdays

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Join park staff every Saturday morning from March 2 to Oct. 26 for story time in the playground area across from the park store. Nature-themed books and activities will be featured. All age groups are welcome. If rain or extreme weather, it will be held in the nature center near the Freshwater Spring Exhibit.

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Ranger Ride

Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABCs of bike riding. Participants will ride together across the historic CCC bridge around Bennett Spring to Shelter A and back. Participants are to meet at the fish hatchery fish feeding station across from the park store. The riding terrain is flat with some grassy off-road riding and one hill. Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.

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Geology and Rock Display

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Join staff at the nature center to talk about geology. A large rock display will be out for viewing and we will discuss where all the water that leads into Bennett Spring originates. Karst topography and geology tell the story of how groundwater builds many Ozark features like springs, caves and sinkholes.

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Storytime Saturdays

Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am EDT
Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536 United States
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Join park staff every Saturday morning from March 2 to Oct. 26 for story time in the playground area across from the park store. Nature-themed books and activities will be featured. All age groups are welcome. If rain or extreme weather, it will be held in the nature center near the Freshwater Spring Exhibit.

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