Category Archives: Local Events

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SOPHIA M. SACHS BUTTERFLY HOUSE TO REOPEN JUNE 16

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield plans to reopen to the public on June 16. (Reopening will start with guided tours only)

St. Louis County officials approved the Butterfly House’s reopening plan, which includes additional health and safety protocols to continue efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The safety of the visitors, volunteers and staff is our top priority.

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#EatGreenSTL Virtual Symposium: Celebrating the Local Food Movement

The Green Dining Alliance is hosting a day of programs geared towards sustainable practices related to food called the #EatGreenSTL Virtual Symposium: Celebrating the Local Food Movement.

The day will include programs featuring Victoria Donaldson (The Green Dining Alliance Program Manager), Jenn DeRose (Known & Grown STL Program Manager), a cooking demonstration with a GDA chef and more! There will be panels discussing food justice advocacy and how the community can support the local food system during this time.

The Green Dining Alliance is a year-round program of earthday365. The restaurant sustainability certification program helps over 120+ restaurants in St. Louis reduce their environmental impact.

Participate in the movement by joining us on Monday, June 15th from 1-4 p.m.

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MDC Extends Program Cancellations To June 30  

With concerns about COVID-19 continuing, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it has extended its cancellation of programs and events at nature centers and other Department locations through June 30.

To help continue to connect people with nature, MDC will be offering more of its nature-focused programs through online formats. According to MDC, the online offerings will make it more convenient and comfortable for people to attend the programs virtually from wherever they are in the state — and beyond.

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Mark Your Calendars! The Saint Louis Zoo Opens To The Public June 13

Photo: Saint Louis Zoo/David Merritt

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced Saturday, June 13 as its reopening date for the public. As part of its commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, and in an ongoing effort to assist the community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.

“I am excited to share the news about our reopening and I hope everyone knows that the Saint Louis Zoo values safety,” said Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President & CEO, Saint Louis Zoo. “I am amazed at the incredible care our staff has provided to the animals during this pandemic as well as the diligent work underway in preparation to provide our guests with safe and memorable experiences.”

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Missouri State Parks cancels 2020 Katy Trail Ride

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect participants amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have cancelled the 2020 Katy Trail Ride scheduled to begin Monday, June 22.

The five-day, 240-mile annual ride, which takes travelers through many of Missouri’s rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs, draws approximately 350 bicyclists from across the nation and overseas. The decision to cancel this annual event was made based on a variety of factors but the most important consideration is the safety of participants, staff and volunteers.

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Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group to Meet May 13: Public Comment Period Included

City of St. Charles’ Frontier Park. Photos by Holly Shanks.

The Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group will meet at 1 p.m. on May 13. Out of caution surrounding the spread of COVID-19, participation in this meeting will be online only at dnr.mo.gov/videos/live.htm. When the public comment period begins, which will take place near the end of the meeting, the host will announce the call-in number individuals should use to comment.

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Mo State Parks Implement Reopening Measures

Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, announced phase one of a phased approach to resuming normal operations.
While the vast majority of Missouri state parks and historic sites have remained open for day use, Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors and team members.  
Based on current conditions, Missouri State Parks is implementing the following measures in phase one of the return to normal operations:
  • On May 4, concession-operated lodging, dining, marina and retail operations will begin reopening at the discretion of the individual concessionaires and following Governor Parson’s recommended guidelines.
  • On May 11, Castlewood State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site and State Park and Weston Bend State Park will reopen for day use only.

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St. Louis County To Reopen Several Public Parks

St. Louis County will reopen some public parks effective April 28. For a listing of what parks will be open and the parks that will remain closed CLICK HERE.

For a map of the open and continued closures of St. Louis County parks CLICK HERE.

Continue reading below for additional information from St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

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Celebrate Planet Earth With Special Programming On The Discovery Channel

Actor Zac Efron hosts THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEAN UP (premiering April 22 on the Discovery Channel.)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is a day that remains the largest collective call-to-action in human history. And each year since, people have flocked together by the millions to campuses, parks, beaches and town squares around the world to stand up and fight for the planet. The current health pandemic has made clear in recent weeks, our planet is more delicate than ever before.

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Discovery Channel is bringing the world to you and celebrating our precious planet with a slate of programming that highlights the power of individuals and communities who work tirelessly to keep it healthy and strong. The Discovery Channel will go green with programming for the entire family.

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Visit The Virtual Earth Day Festival!

Don’t forget to visit the VIRTUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL starting April 18 to 26! VISIT THE FESTIVAL HERE!