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Is There Hope For Radoactive Contamination Clean-up At West Lake Landfill?

Kay Drey addresses the EPA officials at a public listening session concerning the West Lake Landfill, Oct. 19, 2017.

There have been decades of public information meetings, public feedback sessions, and government finger-pointing. There have also been years of generational illness – the kind that leaves both adults and children with rare auto-immune disorders and cancers. The result? Devastation to entire communities and families, an endless stack of funeral notices and a future that continued to promise more of the same.

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Calling All Teachers & School Administrators! Is Your School Green?

The 2017 Missouri Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference.

WHEN: November 3-4
WHERE: Kansas City Zoo – Kansas City, MO

Authentic experiences with Nature are pathways to learning math, reading, writing, science, citizenship and justice as well as about how the natural world works. The conference will focus on three specific pathways, green schools, standards, and sustainability.

KEYNOTE: – Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director, Wildwood Outdoor Education Center –  “Kids Grow Better Outside”

(But It Takes Some Work to Get Them There) Many organizations want to engage underserved communities in environmental education. What do families in underserved communities want from us? Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director of Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, will share some lessons she’s learned (the hard way) about connecting with underserved communities.

For more information, or to register for the conference CLICK HERE.


TRIM Grants Awarded To 35 Missouri Communities

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, public schools, and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands.

“Trees make life better for our cities and towns every day,” said MDC Community Forestry Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “TRIM grants help communities with tree inventory, pruning, planting, and programs that help keep our neighborhood trees healthy and thriving.”

The MDC recently awarded $382,914 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program.

See what cities and organizations received the grants below.

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Forest Park Great Streets Open House: Public Invited To Voice Ideas

A public open house is scheduled to update the community on recommendations from the Forest Park Great Streets project team, gather feedback and answer questions.

When: Thursday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Who: East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, and the nonprofit conservancy Forest Park Forever
Where: Trolley Room in the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park.

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Time For Autumn’s Magnificent Display!

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers a few tips about where to enjoy Missouri’s spectacular and colorful fall display.

Predicting the peak of fall color can be difficult. Missouri is blessed with a great variety of trees, shrubs, and vines. Their leaves turn at different times, so Missourians enjoy a fall color season that may last four to six weeks.

Find out more from the MDC about where to visit this fall below.

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“Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action” – The Uppity Theatre Company Nov. 6, 2017

That Uppity Theatre Company, in conjunction with US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light present “Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action”

Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays, presented in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings).
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Learn How To Make Your Landscape A Bird-Friendly Habitat


Get Outdoors And Discover Nature! MDC Hosting “Into The Woods” Event Oct. 14

Photo courtesy The Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center is hosting a program that will empower visitors with new skills to discover nature in a safe responsible way. Into the Woods is a free family event being held at the nature center Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

“It’s all about helping people to discover nature with confidence so they can have more adventures outdoors,” said MDC Naturalist Rebecca Rodriguez.

Read more from the MDC below.

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EPA Senior Administrators To Attend Local Public Listening Session & Open House Concerning West Lake Landfill Issues


Missouri Department of Conservation Offers Missouri Teachers Free Nature-Based Classroom Learning Opportunites

Photo by Holly Shanks

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages teachers to get connected with conservation-education by using its new Discover Nature Schools (DNS) teacher portal.

The new portal is available to Missouri teachers who participate or have an interest in MDC’s Discover Nature Schools program. The DNS program began in 2007 and provides instructional materials for teachers and students from pre-K through high school about Missouri’s native plants, animals, and habitats and connects them with nature. It also provides grant funding for classroom supplies and field trips in nature. There are more than 1,600 Missouri schools that take part in the program.

Find more information from the MDC below.

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