Can you visit all 88 Missouri state parks by October?

By | January 13, 2017

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. The park system offers prairies, battlefields, covered bridges, ancient Indian villages, forested hills and valleys with caves and springs, streams with trout, lakes with bass and the homes of honored artists, pioneers, soldiers and statesmen.  

The park system was officially established on April 9, 1917. Since then, the system has grown to include 88 state parks and historic sites throughout the state.

With more than 150,000 acres available to the public, there are a wide variety of opportunities to hike, camp, fish, discover the past and explore nature.

Experience all Missouri State Parks has to offer by grabbing a Centennial Passport and heading out on an adventure. There are two ways to participate in the Centennial Passport. Choose one or participate in both.

Printed Passport

Buy a passport book online at www.mostateparks.com/shop/passport.html or at a state park or historic site gift shop near you. To complete the passport, participants must obtain a stamp from all 88 state parks and historic sites by Oct. 31, 2017.

The first 1,000 participants to complete the passport will receive a Missouri State Park Centennial backpack sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. All participants to complete the passport will be entered into a drawing for one of five Missouri State Parks vacation packages.

For the full printed passport rules, visit www.mostateparks.com/passport_rules. Already have a printed passport? Make sure to register online to receive email updates.

Printed Passport Rules

• One book per person.

• To complete the passport, participants must obtain a stamp for all 88 state parks and historic sites between April 9, 2016, and Oct. 31, 2017.

• Completed passports must be presented to staff at any state park/historic site for verification by close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

• Missouri Department of Natural Resources employees may participate but are not eligible for the grand prize drawings.

• Only human participants can receive prizes. (Sorry Big Foot!)

Digital Passport

The digital passport is available free of charge by registering online. To complete the passport, participants must obtain and enter a code from all 88 state parks and historic sites by Oct. 31, 2017.

Digital passport participants will be entered into monthly drawings for Missouri State Park gift cards and merchandise. All participants to complete the passport will be entered into a drawing for a Missouri State Parks vacation package.

For the full digital passport rules, visit www.passport.mostateparks.com/content/digital-passport-rules.

Digital Rules

• Create your online account.

• Visit a Missouri state park or historic site and write down the verification code for that facility. Codes can be found at each stamping location.

• Log on to enter the verification code and log your visits. With each visit, you will earn a digital stamp.

• The digital passport allows you to register multiple users under the same account. Make sure to log each person’s visits separately to make sure every member of your group gets their stamps and are eligible for prizes.

• Once you have a stamp from all 88 state parks and historic sites, your passport is complete. You will need to send an e-mail to moparks@dnr.mo.gov stating that you have collected all of your stamps. You will then receive a verification e-mail.  In order to be eligible for a prize package, passports must be completed by close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

• Missouri Department of Natural Resources employees may participate but are not eligible for the grand prize drawings.

• Only human participants can receive prizes.

• Participants are encouraged to participate in both the printed and digital passport. (Different prizes will be awarded for each version!)

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