Sharon Bluffs hosts Earth Day activities Saturday

A look at some of the elks living at Sharon Bluffs State Park. An animal feeding will be part of Earth Day celebrations Saturday at the park.

Appanoose Ecovision will be holding an Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 20 at Sharon Bluffs State Park.

To kick off the weekend, Sharon Bluffs will be offering free camping Friday and Saturday nights for campers and tents at the park according to Appanoose County Conservation Naturalist Hannah Wiltamuth. Anyone wishing to reserve a free camping space should contact Wiltamuth at (641) 856-8528.

“There’s only six trailer spots and two tent spots available,” said Wiltamuth.

Saturday’s free events will kick off with breakfast and games at the Sharon Bluffs shelter house at 9 a.m. A guided trail hike will begin at 10 a.m. Hikers will be able to see the park, look for morel mushrooms and enjoy nature. The Nature Center will open at 11 a.m. and people can view the exhibits and visit with some of the Nature Center’s residents including the rattlesnake, turtles, salamander and Blue Gill. At noon there will be an animal feeding for the Nature Center residents as well as the elks, who live at Sharon Bluffs as well.

Wiltamuth said she has also been visiting with all elementary students in Appanoose County throughout the month of April to teach them about Earth Day.

Sharon Bluffs will also be hosting a free Morel Mushroom program Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m., part of the new Third Thursday’s programming at the park. Wiltamuth said the program is geared toward those 12 and older, but is open to everyone.

Wiltamuth will teach those in attendance about Morel Mushrooms and how to hunt for them at the Nature Center. The group will then hunt for Morel Mushrooms in the park. Wiltamuth said the program will last for about an hour and a half.

“I know that they’re starting to pop up in Missouri so … we should be seeing them here soon,” said Wiltamuth.

Krystal Fowler can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.

Krystal Fowler can be reached at or by calling (641) 856-6336.​ Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.