Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
Read the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) story of how the Urban Fishing Program (UFP) began and how the positive influence of the outdoors was a resounding success in our urban communities.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MDC Urban Fishing Program. MDC plans to spend 2019 celebrating and invites metro area anglers to join in.
The UFP was originally initiated in 1969 by the federal government during a time when civil unrest was causing tensions in many cities across the country. Their goal was to bring close-to-home fishing to people and infuse a positive influence into urban communities. The program launched in six cities, including St. Louis with the cooperation of MDC and the St. Louis Parks and Recreation Department. It was a resounding success in the Gateway City. MDC took over the UFP in 1972 and eventually expanded it into St. Louis County and Kansas City.
Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) released information about a local bill that would help regional farmers bring fresh food to the areas of St. Louis that need it most. MCE, an advocacy group, helps to bring awareness to Missouri’s environmental issues, including local access to fresh and affordable locally grown foods.
Please take a look at the latest updates below from MCE. Also, check out their website for informative information about local environmental issues.
Below is a letter from a concerned citizen and advocate for Prop 2. Please take a moment to read why she and several environmental and park preservation organizations started the ‘Yes For Our Parks!’ campaign to promote voter passage of Proposition 2 on the November 6 ballot in St. Louis County.
“If approved by voters, it will protect our County parks from being sold or disposed of without a vote of the people and provides county voters with a say over major changes to our parkland.”
Read about the ‘Yes For Our Parks!’ campaign HERE. Or to read Linda Fenton’s letter urging citizens to vote yes on Prop 2 please click below.
On November 4, the St. Louis Audubon Society will hold its Fall Gaggle, an awards celebration and auction, at the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The annual gathering raises funds to further efforts to conserve the environment and educate the community about its natural wonders. Key leaders from within the organization and around the region will be celebrated for their contributions.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will receive the “Outstanding Conservationist” award at this year’s Fall Gaggle. Since 1993, Forest ReLeaf has planted more than 150,000 trees in underserved communities and areas affected by major weather disasters throughout Missouri and Illinois. Forest ReLeaf staff and volunteers are dedicated to restoring and sustaining urban forests and educating people about the many benefits of trees.
Photo: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Head to Forest Park for a night under the stars with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 7p.m.
It’s the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 50th annual FREE Forest Park Concert at the base of Art Hill. The orchestra will perform many classical favorites.
The event is free and no tickets are required. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and relax with family and friends at the base of Art Hill and don’t rush off because you won’t want to miss the impressive firework display after the concert!
Also, the Metro will provide free shuttles to the concert venue from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station for the event. Find more information here. https://tinyurl.com/ybmd3fgr
Pictured above: Dawn Chapman (Left) and Karen Nickel, co-founders of Just Moms STL.
Two brave ladies from North County were honored at the Gateway Journalism Review (GJR)annual First Amendment Celebration.
Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, founders of Just Moms STL, an advocacy group focused on the cleanup of nuclear waste contained in West Lake Landfill, were honored for “blowing the whistle” on the inept handling of atomic waste in the St. Louis region. Every day more St. Louis residents are becoming aware of our city’s role in the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb – and the deadly legacy left behind here.
Read more below about St. Louis’ nuclear waste issues and the people working to bring awareness to the public.
Check out Don Corrigan’s latest for the Gateway Journalism Review – an informative article titled “Activists draw national attention and EPA response to the atomic city” – Read the article HERE
Also, read Corrigan’s second article for the GJR – “Documentary movies draw attention to the atomic city” – Read the article HERE.
Don’t miss the SPRING JAMBOREE at Tillman, Saturday, April 14!
“Tillman will host an IGNITE community event from 4:00-8:00pm! We are inviting everyone from the surrounding community to join. No need to RSVP, just show up!”
Schedule of events:
4:00-6:00pm • Build! A variety of projects to enhance the new space, including the installation of rain barrels and birdhouses decorated by Tillman students, building raised beds and maybe doing some plant installation.
5:00-7:00pm • Learn! Student Led Tours will take place at 5:00 and 5:30 during the Jamboree. Look for the Tour Guides in the red shirts!
Community Resources Expo–Exhibitors that have resources for schools engaged in outdoor education as well as some folks that offer resources for folks who live in the neighborhood and want to know more about ethical land care. View the list of organizations attending the event.
6:00-8:00pm • Party! Party! Listen to 3rd Floor (Kelly Judge’s band), visit food trucks, take tours of the new learning space, dance, and play!
Check out the fun event happening this weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden! “Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis” will be held April 7-8. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Find more information HERE. (Be sure to check the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website for cancelations due to weather.)
“Climb into the tree canopy, shop for native plants, or take a nature scavenger hunt to kick off spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Butterfly House. Enjoy food, music, special exhibitors, and more at three of the St. Louis area’s most beautiful destinations.”
Celebrate the success of Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future at a free gathering at the iconic Pagoda Circle. The campaign helped to raise funding for park improvements and maintenance.
Hosted by Forest Park Forever, the FREE public event will offer live music from the local band Fat Pocket and popular local food trucks will be on-site for the public to purchase some tasty treats. The event will be family-friendly and also pet-friendly.
When: Wednesday, April 11, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Pagoda Circle
Parking: Free parking is available in the Visitor Center east & west lots, the Festival & Parking Plaza and the lower Muny lot.
The event is FREE & open to the public! Find more information HERE.
Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
Outdoor lovers with a competitive streak can rise to the challenge during a great nature-themed contest this spring.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Rockwoods Reservation will host the Amazing Rockwoods Race competition Saturday, April 14 from Noon-4:30 p.m. Much like the popular TV program, participants will take on physical and mental challenges as they discover nature in a unique and active way.