Category Archives: Local Events


Get Ready – The Historic 2017 Solar Eclipse Is Here!

Click on the Webster-Kirkwood Times eclipse image to read the article “Get Out & Enjoy The Solar Eclipse”

The 2017 solar eclipse is set to be a once-in-a-lifetime event! Several local watch events have been scheduled. Check out the article from the Webster-Kirkwood Times about where to find an event and a few eclipse tips. Find article HERE.

NASA’s website also has a large amount of interactive data to explore, such as eclipse path maps, eclipse history, and eclipse safety. Find the NASA Eclipse 101 information HERE.



Rally for Rock Island Trail In Jefferson City Aug. 11

Many from towns surrounding Jefferson City, along the route of the proposed 144-mile Rock Island Trail from Windsor to Beaufort, will gather at the State Capitol on Aug. 11 to show their support for the trail.

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The Gem of St. Louis – Forest Park

Images of America: Forest Park, a new book by Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks, is dedicated to the more than 13 million people who make Forest Park come alive with their visits each year.

The book is full of historic photographs and insightful stories that tell the significance of Forest Park, its history, and its world class institutions.

Meet Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m., 2017, at Left Bank Book’s local history showcase and book signing. A short presentation will also be given at the event. Left Bank Books is located at 399 N. Euclid Ave.

Images of America: Forest Park can be purchased at Left Bank Books or on Amazon.

West End Word book review of Images of America: Forest Park CLICK HERE.

Hear Kevin Killeen, from KMOX Radio St. Louis, interview Don Corrigan about the new book on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.



Local Event: “We’re being invaded by Aliens!”

Gateway Greening’s monthly series, Pints ‘n’ Plants, will feature a presentation on invasive plants in the local area.

June Pints ‘n’ Plants: We’re being invaded by Aliens!
When: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in the Grove
4465 Manchester Ave., 63110
Speakers: Danny Moncheski, Community Forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation

The aliens in our line of work are all too familiar. Bush honeysuckle and callery pear rank high among species in the St. Louis region that are causing the most disruption among our natural and planned landscapes.

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A New Way To Explore Forest Park!

Photo: Forest Park Forever

Forest Park visitors can now rent stand up paddleboards and explore the Park’s waterway!

To get more information, rental location, prices and photos of paddleboarding at Forest Park CLICK HERE.


Celebrate Pollinator Week At The Saint Louis Zoo Pollinator Dinner June 20

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.

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Help Clean-Up Simpson Lake County Park & Greentree Park Saturday, June 3

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.

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Webster University Sustainability Program Hosts Free Summer Lunch & Learn Events

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 or by phone at 314-246-8611.

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Gateway Greening: Good Home Needed For Free Plants May 25

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.


World Renowned Botanist Peter Raven To Speak At Powder Valley Nature Center In Kirkwood May 23

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.

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