The Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating its colorful canopy at the peak of fall foliage season. Tree Week is a new campaign offering visitors the chance to learn more about the Garden’s impressive tree collection, and the staff who care for it, all while soaking in the bright red, yellow and orange hues overhead.
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Don’t Miss The Peak Time For Fall Colors! Check Out The Smokey Mountains “Fall Foliage Prediction Map!”
To view the interactive map CLICK HERE.
Uncover Nature’s Superheroes and Villains At A FREE Family Event Oct. 19 At Powder Valley Nature Center
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released information about a family fun event happening at the Powder Valley Nature Center. Kids and adults alike can learn about nature in a fun outdoor setting all provided FREE to families to enjoy.
Missouri and its citizens are lucky to have the MDC – Is it any wonder other states look to us and our conservation efforts as a blueprint to follow for success! Bring your family and take advantage of what great things the MDC has to offer for everyone no matter how they enjoy our great outdoors!
Find more information below about the Powder Valley Nature Center’s event form the MDC.
Take a minute to look and you might find that nature provides sagas of heroes and villains every day that could rival the drama in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
The MDC is drawing up the curtain to reveal these dramas at a free event Friday, Oct. 19 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. “Friday Night Live: Super-Villains or Superheroes” is a special evening event for the entire family from 6–9:30 p.m.
“This event is designed to connect people of all ages to unexpected and often misunderstood wildlife in Missouri,” said MDC Naturalist Rebecca Rodriguez. “To some, these animals may appear to be supervillains; however, a closer look will reveal that they are really superheroes because they help make Missouri a great place to enjoy nature.”
Forest Park Forever has released a fun bit of information! The organization has posted a few tips on where to view the best fall colors in the park. And there is even a guided tour of fall colors planned.
We all know Forest Park is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year, but the fall season is a colorful reminder of just how awesome nature can be. Forest Park provides a perfect environment to witness the splendor of Autumn no matter how you enjoy the park with activities, such as golfing, biking, jogging, playing tennis or visiting a museum or the Saint Louis Zoo!
Forest Park Forever’s tips and tour information is listed below.
“We’ve rounded up a list of smart tips for memorable foliage viewing in the Park. (Hint: Peak day will be November 5!) Plus: Join FPF Horticulturist and tree expert Jim Wagner on October 19 for a tour of fall colors in the Park.”
See more information about the guided tour and interactive tips about where to view fall colors in Forest Park HERE.
The Conservation Celebration, in partnership with Magnificent Missouri, honoring Forest ReLeaf on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 3pm at Third Degree Glass Factory.
The event will feature Pappy’s BBQ, complimentary beer and wine, live music, glass blowing demonstrations and much more. For tickets and more information about the FOREST ReLEAF event CLICK HERE.
The National Park Service recently released that it will shut down the Gateway Rach lights at night from September 17-30. The decision was made to help reduce the effects on nite-time migrating birds.
“The end of September is the peak migration period for birds migrating south for the winter,” says Frank Mares, deputy superintendent of Gateway Arch National Park. “In order to avoid the possible disorienting effect of the monument’s upward lighting on birds that migrate at night, the Gateway Arch’s exterior lights will be turned off for the last two weeks of September.”
The recently upgraded lighting systems will resume nightly October 1, at 7:00 p.m. Less than three dozen static xenon skylights with new custom lenses replaced 44 outdated light fixtures. The new system allows more light to be focused on the Arch itself. The number of fixtures has been reduced, but due to advances in technology, the upgraded fixtures provide increased light coverage of the Arch legs and energy efficiency.
St. Louisans love Forest Park and their Zoo! One of the zillion amazing things about our world-class Saint Louis Zoo is the fact that admission is still FREE! This allows everyone, from every background and walk in life, to enjoy the zoo and its many learning opportunities.
The editors at Environmental Echo have had the pleasure of meeting several of the zoo’s staff members over the years. And one thing always stands out – the talented and knowledgeable people working at the zoo love what they do and love to share what they know about the animals they love, the zoo’s outstanding operations and facilities, the serious environmental challenges we face and their continuous conservation efforts.
Well, they do, and it’s a variety of interesting topics filled with insights. Did you know that some of the zoo’s catering menu has food items grown right in their own culinary garden?
How about the partnership with Ameren to help feed the animals and create mulch from tree limbs that are trimmed and removed to help prevent storm damage?
Oh, and, if you happen to browse the gift shop and take home a soapstone statuette handmade in the village of Tabaka in Kenya, the purchase helps support the village’s people and their local conservation efforts.
And, of course, news and information about the animals, along with many more interesting tidbits directly from the staff members who work at the zoo.
All eyes will be up in the sky for The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Saturday, September 15. The event will have skydivers, musical entertainment, food and more!
The spectacular Balloon Glow is an event not to be missed! Check it out on Friday, September 14, starting at 7 p.m.!
Find more information and the schedule of events here: https://tinyurl.com/y7w8afle