Saturday will be a big day at Crowder State Park as the park celebrates its third annual Fall Outdoor Discovery Day and its 75th anniversary.
The day will kick off at noon with face painting, nature crafts, nature displays such as mammal pelts and interactive demonstrations. A nature photo scavenger hunt is also planned, with those planning to participate needing to bring their own digital camera. Archery will also be offered.
Also scheduled at noon is a nature trivia contest, with teams from two to four players needed for the friendly competition. Dutch oven cooking demonstrations will also be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tips and recipes will be shared, as will samples of the food cooked in the dutch oven.
Emmy® award-winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos make up the musical group Wildheart, which will perform at 1 and at 3 p.m. This duo captures young audiences with a strong science message exploring wildlife, habitats and natural history. The concert is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and from local donations.
At 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. “Snakes of Missouri” will be presented, with at least eight Missouri snakes to be a part of the presentation. At 2 p.m. a birthday cake will be served and at 2:30 p.m., guided paddling sessions around the lake will be offered. Kayaks and canoes will be provided, as will paddles and life jackets. A short instruction time will be held prior to getting into the watercraft.