Last updateThu, 29 Jan 2015 8am

Enjoy Batfest at Onondaga Cave State Park April 5

The fascinating and often misunderstood world of bats will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5 at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the free festival will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Activities for all ages will be featured throughout the festival. Kids will be able to enjoy bat-related crafts and activities and explore an inflatable cave. Visitors can enjoy discounted tours of Onondaga Cave and exhibits on cave gear, cave restoration, and bat preservation.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., representatives from Incredible Bats will present live bat shows featuring African straw colored fruit bats. Between scheduled demonstrations, the fruit bats will be on display in the visitor center for all to observe.
The Missouri SuperGraphic by U-Haul will also be on display. The graphic, a part of U-Haul’s “Venture Across America” campaign, features Onondaga Cave State Park and the red bat, which makes its home in the woods of the park.
In addition to Onondaga Cave and the visitor center, Onondaga Cave State Park features a campground, trails, picnic sites, and access to the Meramec River for fishing and canoeing. The park is located on Highway H off Interstate 44 at the Leasburg (#214) in Crawford County.
For more information about the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576. For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, go to Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.