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Discover Nature’s Edibles With A Sampling At Powder Valley

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to discover the many benefits of naturally-sourced foods by attending a special event at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. Harvest Wild: Water will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at the nature center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. Visitors are especially encouraged to attend and share the experience with the whole family. Hunting and gathering from nature is the ultimate expression of locally-sourced foods.

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Boeing Aviation Field At Forest Park Is Now Open!

The $33 million improvement project is now complete and the space has been upgraded to a premier visitor and player-friendly baseball/softball complex. Improvements include elements, such as LED lighting, improved irrigation, path and parking upgrades, additional trees and landscaping and a new pedestrian entry plaza.

Check it out: (video posted by Forest Park Forever.)

Celebrate Missouri’s Paw Paw!

The paw-paw has not only been declared as the Official State Fruit Tree in Missouri, but now the paw-paw in also being celebrated with “The Paw Paw Almanac” just published by Steve L. Nagle and Jo Schaper. Like paw paws, the book is “guaranteed juicy and fresh” and the book begins with two paw-paw trees swaying in the breeze along the Meramec River in Missouri.

Paw Paw’s are a popular subject here in Missouri. Don Corrigan also wrote a column about the Paw-Paw being named as the official State Fruit Tree and the Hellbender being names as the State Endangered Species. Check out Corrigan’s article below.

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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Opens After Flooding To Limited Access

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The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) has re-opened Columbia Bottom Conservation Area for public access. However, that access will be restricted for the immediate future.

Due to extensive flood damage, public vehicle access and parking on the area will be limited and public access will mainly be walk-in. The public will only be able to enter the area in the following locations:

– Park in the visitor’s center parking lot and walk into the area

– Drive on the main area road up to Parking Lot C, approximately 0.3 miles from the main entrance, and walk into the area

– Park in Parking Lot V, located near the area maintenance shop just south of the main entrance, and walk into the area

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Join The Webster Groves Nature Study Society For A Presentation Of “Insects and Their Plants”

New author, Fr. Jim Sullivan will be giving a presentation about his book, “Insects and Their Plants”, at the next Webster Groves Nature Study Society (WGNSS) meeting on September 4, 2019.  The presentation will be at the Webster Groves Library, 301 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 from 7:00 to 9:00.  Fr. Sullivan will be talking about his Observations of Missouri Insects and the Plants They Live On.  Books will be available for purchase, ($12 for WGNSS members, all others $15).  In addition, Fr. Sullivan will be available for a book signing after his presentation.
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New Book Gives Refreshing Look At Solution To The Asian Carp Crisis

Picture yourself out for a celebration dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant. So many choices on the menu: Orange Roughy, Chilean Seabass, fresh lobster – Asian Carp? Hang on, wait just a second, the last item must be a mistake! Who would put a “trash fish” like the Asian Carp on the menu? Joseph Classen, that’s who.

Classen’s new book, “Eat the Enemy!” explains why the invasive Asian carp should be on every menu and family dining table around the country. The outdoorsman, author and photographer is working to spread the word about a clean, healthy, undervalued and an entirely wasted resource that also happens to be environmentally devastating our rivers.

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MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools Nature Unhooked teacher workshop Sept. 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

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Teachers will learn about this free program which provides grant funding for middle school life science units.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a program that meets the educational curriculum needs of Missouri science teachers and includes unique grant opportunities.

MDC invites teachers to attend a Discover Nature Schools (DNS) teacher workshop for Nature Unhooked, the DNS aquatic instructional unit designed for grades 6-8.  This program provides grant funding for middle school life science units to help cover educational materials and field trips.

The workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood.  The workshop is free of charge for educators.  The nature center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44.

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“Roll and Stroll: The Busch Greenway by Bike, Wheelchair, Scooter, or Foot”

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis invite people of all abilities to come and take a spin on a portion of the Busch Greenway located within Missouri Research Park in St. Charles.

The “Roll and Stroll: The Busch Greenway by Bike, Wheelchair, Scooter, or Foot” event takes place Saturday, Aug. 24, from 5-7 p.m. This free program is tailored to persons who have disabilities and their families or support givers, but people of all abilities can attend. If it’s got wheels, and you power it, you can take it for a spin on the Busch Greenway. Three-wheeled cycles, bikes pulling carts or wagons, wheelchairs, and scooters are all welcome and everyone is free to go at their own pace. The event is open to anyone who would like to walk the trail as well.

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Tasty Treats In The Garden

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Join Gateway Greening on Sunday, September 15, 6 – 9 p.m., at the annual Chefs in a Garden event where local chefs will create tasting plates from local ingredients to share with all of you. The event is located at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

For ticket information, CLICK HERE.
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Climate Change Chases Armadillos North

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By Don Corrigan (Webster-Kirkwood Times)

Possums on the half-shell, otherwise known as nine-banded armadillos, are no longer just showing up as roadkill on Missouri roadways. The critters are finding their way onto golf courses, lawns and backyard gardens.

Missouri Department of Conservation officials recently sent out an advisory that these visitors from Texas are now here to stay. And residents need to be aware of their “strange skills” and the problems they pose for highway drivers, gardeners and residents seeking to trap and dispose of the unusual, bacteria-laden animals.

“I’ve been seeing more and more of them dead along the highways on my Missouri travels,” said Kirkwood’s Bill Ruppert, president of Ruppert Gardens & Chicken Ranch.

“I recently saw one that was hit in the middle of the road and I stopped to get a look before the turkey vultures – what I call nature’s undertakers – had a chance to take care of him. Armadillos really are some odd-looking little animals.”

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