Photo by Holly Shanks
National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, focuses on the importance of pollinators for the health of ecosystems as well as our own survival.
The Saint Louis Zoo has released information about its upcoming POLLINATOR DINNER. The popular annual event will feature a special “Native Foods, Native Peoples and Native Pollinators” dinner focusing on the rich food and cultural history of Native Americans that native pollinators help provide. Also, exhibitor tables and displays about Native Americans, bees and other pollinators, food and agriculture, and gardening and habitat restoration.
Guest speaker is Jane Breckenridge, co-director of Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs (TEAM). She will present her presentation of “Restoring the Connections: How Native Culture and Science Are Working Together to Create a New Model for Conservation.”
Registration is required for the June 20 event. The cost is $50 for adults (13 and older) and $25 for children. Proceeds help support the Saint Louis Zoo’s Wildcare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation. More information or to register CLICK HERE.
More from the Saint Louis Zoo release below.
Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times.
The Open Space Council in partnership with the St. Louis County Parks, Kirkwood Parks and Recreation, and REI, are sponsoring a local flood clean-up event at Simpson Lake County Park and Greentree Park. The event is Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to noon.
Register to help HERE.
More from the Open Space Council’s release below.
Join Webster University Sustainability and Butterfly Energy Works on Wednesdays during the summer months beginning May 31st from 12pm-1pm to learn about strategies and solutions being created and used right here in our local community to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability. The first session will feature Wayne Garver, president of the Gateway Electric Vehicle Club.
The lunch lectures include a free lunch and free opportunity to learn from a local environmental sustainability champion. After the final session on August 2nd, attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a Rolling Ridge Nursery gift card! Attendees will receive an entry for each session attended.
More details, such as speakers and building/room locations, can be found online HERE. To register for a Lunch & Learn: CLICK HERE.
Parking is available in Garden Park Plaza parking garage. For more information contact Kelsey Wingo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314-246-8611.
Gateway Greening will be giving away the remaining plants from thier annual plant sale for FREE at the Carriage House location (3815 Bell Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
This year Gateway Greening experienced an overwhelming abundance of donations to our annual plant sale. Despite seeing many beautiful plants heading off in the hands of gardeners just like you last weekend, we still have many more in need of good homes.
For more information contact Gateway Greening at (314) 588-9600.
Missouri Botanical Garden President Emeritus Peter Raven will give a presentation at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Dr. Raven one of the world’s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity.
The man who helped mold the Missouri Botanical Garden (MoBOT) into the world-class institution it is today will speak at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.
Dr. Raven’s presentation will explore the challenges of maintaining sustainable natural resources on a planet with an ever-growing population. He will address stewardship and conservation for the long-term success of our natural world.
The free event will be held Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m., but seating is limited. Advanced reservations are required by calling 314-301-1500.
Read more from the MDC below.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will host the St. Louis area celebration of the Great Missouri Birding Trail Thursday, May 18. This virtual birding path is driven by a website that includes an interactive map of the best birding sites around the Show-Me State.
Celebrate the completion of the Great Missouri Birding Trail at Powder Valley Nature Center on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The nature center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44. The free event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation.
The events will include a brief opening ceremony with Birding Trail signage unveiled followed by short birding walks on Powder Valley trails. The first 25 people at each event will receive a Great Missouri Birding Trail tote bag or water bottle. Attendees will also get Trail bumper stickers and lens cloths for cameras and binoculars.
Missouri has close to 1.5 million birders, age 16 and older, according to Mike Doyen, president of the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation.
“Birding is the fastest growing activity in Missouri, the nation, and around the world,” he said. “Our estimated economic impact in Missouri is close to $1 billion annually.”
Read more about the new birding trail from the continued MDC release below.
Photo by Diana Linsley, Webster-Kirkwood Times.
Wondering what topic story time at the Powder Valley Nature Center will be this month? Find out by attending “You & Me Under The Canopy: Oh, Deer!”
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10 – 11 a.m.
Ages: 2 – 6
Meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome.
(Reservations required by calling 314-301-1500. Reserve by May 16, 2017) MDC website event link – HERE.
by Don Corrigan (South County Times)
This has been an Earth Day Month. From the very beginning to the very end of April, there have been so many notable events to remind us how to become better stewards of the planet.
Photo courtesy West End Word.
The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate 101 years of service during Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week, April 15-23, 2017.
FREE, family-friendly, interactive programs focusing on national parks will be available at the Old Courthouse, part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
See a list of free activities below…
Kirkwood’s Earth Day has been RESCHEDULED to May 6.