Pictured: Jean Turney, education coordinator at Forest Park Forever. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
Nearly everyone in the St. Louis area knows about the great institutions in Forest Park, like the Saint Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, and The Muny. However, many may not know about the natural wild spaces in Forest Park. From old growth forests, bird watching, fishing, nature walking trails, to outdoor learning and educational opportunities – it’s all there just waiting to be discovered.
Jean Turney, the education coordinator at Forest Park Forever, shares her insights of the wild spaces available to everyone who visits the park.
Click on the podcast interview below to hear Don Corrigan and Turney discuss the abundance of opportunities to explore nature in Forest Park.
The Fenton Board of Aldermen heard concerns from the residents and business owners about the recent flooding at its meeting on June 8. Historic flooding has plagued the area for the second time in less than 18 months. Comments ranged from the issues of floodplain development to the Valley Park levee.
Listen below to hear first-hand the comments from the residents and business owners about their concerns and anxiety about the continued flooding.
by Don Corrigan (Article from the Gateway Journalism Review May 2016 )
When Dawn Chapman and other members of Just Moms St. Louis read a front-page story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch titled, “Misplaced Fear,” they immediately went to social media to express their upset with the piece.
Pictured: Rep. Bill Otto (far right)
Missouri Rep. Bill Otto, D – Dist. 70, is the guest on this edition on “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.
Otto shares his thoughts on the importance of the environment in the upcoming elections and the issue of public safety relating to the Westlake Landfill radioactive waste topic.
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St. Louis faces issues right now, like Westlake Landfill, which deserves a little outrage from Missourians. My new column is out in the West End Word!
“By far, my favorite era of media history is the Age of Muckraking, when writers like Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair and Lincoln Steffens took on monopoly oil companies, noxious meat packers and gouging public utilities. Missouri could use some angry muckrakers to express a little outrage right now.”
Find the column link on Don’s Facebook page HERE.
Cold Water Creek FUSRAP Oversight Committee public meeting held in Florissant, February 17, 2016.
By Holly Shanks
About 300 Northwest St. Louis County residents voiced concerns, often filled with emotion and anger, to government officials tasked with radioactive waste cleanup efforts around Cold Water Creek. The FUSRAP Oversight Committee hosted the update meeting on Feb. 17 in Florissant.
Pictured: Kim Visintine. All photos and graphics provided by Kim Visintine.
Kim Visintine, one of the founding members of the organization, “Cold Water Creek: Just the Facts Please,” is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.
Visintine shares the story of how radioactive waste from Cold Water Creek has been spread throughout North County over the decades. She and a group of childhood friends, who grew up in the Cold Water Creek area in the 1970s and 80s, reconnected years later through social media. After a short time, they discovered rare health issues plagued almost everyone they knew, including the passing on of some of those health issues genetically to their children.
For more about the group’s, February 17, upcoming public meeting and to hear the informative and stirring interview continue reading below.
Nature Stock Photo
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) 2016 holiday closing schedule for their offices, nature centers, and staffed shooting ranges is available. “Trails and other outdoor offerings at MDC nature centers and interpretative centers are still available for public use on most days the facilities are closed.”
Continue reading below for more information and a list of dates from the MDC.
Pictured above: Carolyn Finney. Photo provided by Carolyn Finney.
Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan. Finney is the author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.”
Speaking about the absence of African-Americans engaging in outdoor activities portrayed in popular culture, such as in movies and magazines:
“Just because we don’t see any (African-Americans) doesn’t mean there aren’t any. That’s myth number one,” Finney said. “Actually, black people, like everybody else, have been around doing everything like everybody else since the beginning of the time. You have black mariners, you have black hikers, you have black people camping – I mean black people have been doing it too.”
Photos provided by Jan Oberkramer, The Green Center.
“I remember taking children outdoors on a night hike…I suddenly realized the children weren’t with me and I turned around and they were just amazed by the stars. They were mesmerized. They weren’t moving,” said Jan Oberkramer, the Executive Director of The Green Center in University City. “I was so humbled because as beautiful as (the stars) are, I see them and look at them all the time. These kids had never seen stars.”
Oberkramer is the guest on this edition of “Behind The Editor’s Curtain.”