(Jefferson City)–The Missouri State Park Service is offering a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors this holiday season. They are once again offering the First Day Hikes Challenge at a Missouri State Park or Historic Site from Wednesday, December 30th, to Sunday, January 3rd, of next year. Hikers can participate in the challenge by capturing their adventures with a selfie or photo at a trailhead and posting their photos or videos on social media using #MoFirstDayHikes. Once the hike is complete, participants should visit mostateparks.com/FirstDayHikes and enter for a chance to win a $25 Missouri State Parks gift card. For more information and to view self-guided hiking opportunities at a nearby park or historic site, visit mostateparks.com/FirstDayHikes. While participating in the First Day Hikes Challenge, participants are strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns. In addition to the Missouri State Parks First Day Hikes Challenge, several state parks and sites are hosting special self-guided challenges or virtual hikes on their Facebook pages.