New events scheduled at the Battle of Pilot Knob SHS and Elephant Rocks SP

A part-time naturalist who will be giving nature programming and guided hikes at Elephant Rocks State Park on Saturdays in April, May and June, are among many changes to the schedule this year, according to Bryan Bethel, natural resource manager.

Among those already on the schedule:


March 30, 2019 - Dutch Oven for Beginners  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ever wonder how settlers got fresh bread as they moved across Missouri.  Or how Civil War Soldiers prepared their dinner (if they were lucky enough to have something to eat).  Dutch Ovens are one of the most versatile cooking pots available and even today a good Dutch oven can be a valuable addition to your outdoor experience.  If you would like to learn the basics on how to choose an oven, how to prep and clean an oven as well as how to cook in one this is the class for you.  If you have your own Dutch oven but don’t know how to use it bring it along and we will help you cook in it.  Staff from the historic site will be teaching and demonstrating the basics.  Call the park staff to sign up and get the list of supplies you will need to bring if you are going to try cooking.  If you don’t have an oven but are thinking of getting one then come anyway and we will have a few ovens for you to try out.  Spend the day with us learning about this historic cooking pot and how to use it today, make some good memories and sample some hot pie cooked outdoors.


April 26-27-28, 2019  - Spring Drill for Turner Brigade

Miss out on the 2017 reenactment at Battle of Pilot Knob Historic Site and can’t wait for the next one in 2020?   Turner Brigade will be at the Historic site in April preparing for the upcoming Civil War Reenactors season.  Every spring, as the summer campaign season approached, the Turner Brigade arrives at the historic site to renew friendships, prepare for safely conducting a reenactment and to educate the public.  They will be encamped at the fort with period correct uniforms and equipment.  Friday will be an education day open to the public, with an emphasis on education for youngsters.  We will have several schools bringing the kids out for a field day learning from the soldiers and having fun.  But you don’t have to be a kid to participate, so if you are interested in the Civil War here in Arcadia Valley then this is a great program to attend.  Saturday and Sunday will be drill days with the Brigade practicing how to load, fire, and deploy their cannons and small arms for the best reenactment effect while maintaining the highest level of safety.  The public is welcome to observe the practice drills on both days.


June 15, 2019  - Public Meeting And Father’s Day event 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Battle Of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and Elephant rocks State Park will host their annual public input meeting on June 15 2019, for concerned citizens to express their opinions on the Parks and give feedback to our staff on anything they would like to see at their historic site/park.

We will also celebrate “Father’s Day” in conjunction with our Public Meeting.  Every kid who attends the event will get to assemble a wood tool box to take home for Dad.  So come out to Battle of Pilot Knob Historic Site picnic shelter and let us know what you think and bring the kids to celebrate “Dad’s” day.


July 15 - August 23  - Missouri Struggle for Statehood traveling display

We applied for and were selected to be one of the Missouri venues lucky enough to display a special exhibit on 1821 Missouri Struggle for Statehood.  The exhibit will be open to the public and free of charge.  It will highlight all of the issues that had to be resolved as Missouri became a State.  This is offered by the Missouri Humanities Council and will bring a great topic to our public as we approach the bi-centennial of Missouri Statehood in 2021.


September 14, 2019 - Dinner Outdoors - Dutch Oven event 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Want to learn how to cook a full dinner with all the fixings outdoors?  When you go camping or to a family reunion at the river you don’t have to eat cold chicken and baloney sandwiches.  With a good set of Dutch ovens you can create gourmet dinners in the outdoors as good or better than anything you can do at home in your kitchen.  Not only is the food good, but it is a great family activity you can all do together.  Park Staff will be demonstrating how to fix a full dinner with roast chicken, cornbread, side dishes, and dessert.   So if you would like to learn a great outdoor skill that is a lot of fun, set this date in your calendar.


December 13, 2019 - Geminids  Meteor Shower viewing event overnight at Elephant Rocks State Park

Special Event at Elephant Rocks State Park

Mother Nature’s Christmas lights display

“Geminids Meteor Shower” viewing event

December 13, 2019 – 5 p.m. to sunrise

To mark this year’s most spectacular meteor shower, Elephant Rocks State Park will be open to the public for a rare after dark event.  Park staff will be available to direct you to the best and safest areas to view the shower.  Please remember it is December and dress for very cold winter conditions.  It is often colder on the rocks than the average local temperature so even if it is a mild night you can become chilled sitting for long periods in the park.  Please remember this is a carry in, carry out park and bring in only what you will be able to carry out when you leave.  Trash receptacles are provided at the parking lot of the park.  Please be respectful of other visitors experience and avoid excessive use of artificial lights and excessive noise during the event.  No tents or other invasive camping equipment, such as propane heaters and lanterns, will be allowed, but you can bring portable chairs and blankets to keep warm.  Absolutely no campfires will be allowed.  So if you like stargazing, light shows and are able to brave the cold, this is your 

event. Come out and create a lifetime memory at Elephant Rocks State Park.   Rain Date will be Saturday December 14, 2019.

•This meteor shower was first reported in 1833 by a Mississippi river boat captain

•Geminids meteor shower happens every year in December

•It is dust from an asteroid not a comet the asteroid is named 3200 Phaethon

•The asteroid orbits the sun every 1.4 years and leaves a trail of dust the earth passes through every December

•The shower gets brighter every year as Jupiter’s gravity pulls the dust closer to the Earth

•This year the peak view date is the night of Friday Dec 13 2019

•The moon will set around midnight on the 13th so the peak time to view is 1 am to 3 am but can be seen as early as 9 pm locally

•Best viewing is the high in the southern sky near the constellation Gemini

•This shower can be viewed with the naked eye and no telescopes or binoculars are needed but you can bring yours if you want.

“We have several more, but we are still planning different aspects of them and are not ready to announce yet.” Bethel said. “We have already launched our school outreach program and have some school programing scheduled.

“We already have some Girl Scout programing planned and are looking for more local Girl Scout troops who are interested in coming to our parks for special tours and educational/fun activities.”