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Greenway Network is a grassroots volunteer based organization. Our mission is to conserve natural resources, encourage sound management of the watersheds and protect the quality of life for the residents of the greater St. Louis area.

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National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30am - 2:00pm

Audubon Center at the Riverlands 

Greenway Network Conservation Teams and other volunteers will be picking up trash, planting, removing invasive plants and doing other needed work on public lands near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. 

The Cora Island Unit of the  US Fish and Wildlife Big Muddy Refuge, the  Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources Jones Confluence State Park and the US Army Corps of Engineers  Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary need your help conserving and restoring our lands and waters.

Great Rivers NPLD will have two shifts this year from 8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm with a free lunch for those morning volunteers who can stay for the second shift. We will form three work teams after meeting for registration at Riverlands and then drive to the work site at USF&W Cora Island, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary or Confluence State Park. Snacks will be available to everyone. All volunteers will receive a free pass to one of our National Parks and a t-shirt.  

We need 100 hundred people for this work crew. One of our missions will be to plant one thousand prairie plants.  Be tough, be there.

This will be our last Conservation Team work day for the year at the confluence. Other volunteer opportunities in other public lands will be listed separately on the Greenway Network website.

Please bring gloves, water bottle and boots or sturdy shoes. We work rain or shine, so bring your sunscreen or rain gear! Come outdoors and join the fun! 

Register at:

2018 Honeysuckle Bash

 October 6, 2018  9:00am - 2:00pm


Fox Hill Park

3400 Kister Dr.

St. Charles, MO 63301

Greenway Network is organizing a Honeysuckle Bash to remove the invasive weed from public lands on and near the Missouri River.

Please join us at Fox Hill Park, 3400 Kister Dr, St Charles, MO 63301, Oct. 6th, 2018 at 9:00am to help stop this invasion. All tools and instructions to remove the honeysuckle will be provided.

Please bring gloves, a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants to protect from getting poison ivy.

On completion,we will have sandwiches and chips at 12:30pm for event wrap up.

This event is for ages 12 and up.

Come help stop this weed from taking over our Parks and have some fun too!

The Boschert Greenway is a 3.81 walking and biking trail that runs between Fox Hill Park and Fountain Lake Park. The trail, which runs along Boschert Creek, was made possible by a partnership with Great Rivers Greenway.

Dardenne Creek Fall Monitoring

October 7, 2018 7:30am - 2:00pm
Greenway Network Office 
247 Indacom Drive 63376

Two times a year Greenway Network members collaborate with Stream Team volunteers and students from local high schools to sample the entire length of Dardenne Creek in St. Charles County. This semiannual event provides the State of Missouri and interested members of the public with a snapshot picture of the creek. This data allows for planning and can identify areas of concern along the Stream.

This year we will be monitoring on Sunday October 7, 2018. Meet at the GN office, 247 Indacom Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376 at 7:30am

Please contact Larry Ruff: or call 636-498-0772 to help us with this important and fun event or register at

Lunch will be provided at 1:30pm at the Greenway Office.


October 13, 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Join us for the 2nd Annual Pelican Days Festival at the Audubon Center at Riverlands. FREE admission!

Celebrate fall migration and the fascinating American White Pelican with a day of family fun activities, speakers, food, entertainment, and more! 

Learn about conservation efforts to aid the migration of American White Pelicans and hundreds of other bird species on the Mississippi Flyway.

There's more! 
  • Nature drawing workshop with artist Angie Jungbluth
  • Historic presentations by Lewis & Clark Historic Site about the explorers' encounters with the American White Pelican
  • Children's music with Marko Polo
  • Reading with local children's author and nature photographer, Marian Brickner from her new pelican book that features birds of Riverlands!
  • Bird-themed photo-booth selfie station
  • Shoreline cleanup with Greenway Network
  • Meet Treehouse Wildlife Rescue Center's Ed the Pelican

Congratulations to

Larry Ruff!

Each year, the Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (MOAFS)recognizes an individual not directly employed in the aquatic field for their outstanding contributions to our aquatic resources.

Stream Team staff are excited to announce Larry Ruff (Team 463) as the recipient of the 2018 MOAFS Lee Redmond Citizen’s Award, which was presented at the annual Missouri Natural Resources Conference.

Larry has over 25 years of substantial contributions to the aquatic resources of Missouri through education and stewardship activities. When he became the Science Department Chairperson at Francis Howell High School in 1992, he quickly realized there was a lack of hands-on, science-based curriculum, so he co-authored the design for an Environmental Studies course. While seeking supplies and materials needed to implement the course, Larry discovered Stream Team, formed Stream Team 374 as Francis Howell North Environmental Studies, and attended workshops held by the fledgling VWQM Program that had just begun taking flight. His students gained a greater appreciation for Spencer Creek as they performed regular monitoring and worked with the City of St. Peters to label every storm drain in the watershed. Over the years, Larry continued to attend VWQM classes and provide his students with valuable experiences in stream stewardship activities. After retiring in 2000, he became more involved with Greenway Network (Team 463) and expanded his monitoring efforts on Dardenne Creek in St. Charles County, introducing hundreds of volunteers to the Stream Team Program. Larry also helped create the semi-annual Dardenne Day monitoring event which brings volunteers together to monitor 17 sites at each road crossing on Dardenne Creek in a single day.
Some of Larry’s additional contributions for the benefit of Missouri streams include:
  • Co-authoring an EPA grant allowing the incorporation of Stream Team activities into schools across St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, resulting in thousands of students having hands-on experience caring for area streams
  • Playing a major part in in the EPA’s assessment of Dardenne Creek and its listing on the 303(d) list, resulting in numerous best management practices becoming implemented in the watershed, which ultimately led to reduced sediment inputs and de-listing of six miles of stream
  • Supplying 17 years of consistent data for Dardenne Creek by submitting nearly 1,800 data collections from 73 sites
  • Facilitating, in partnership with the Division of Environmental Health and Protection, the recruitment of volunteers to mark all 9,000+ storm drains in St. Charles County
  • Reporting 75,184 hours of dedicated volunteer service on behalf of Missouri’s stream resources.

 Celebrating 25 Years of Greenway Network

 Looking forward to a great 2018! Share your stories and pictures with us on our Facebook Page.

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 Join a Greenway Network Conservation Team

Volunteers are needed for picking up trash, planting, removing invasive plants and doing other needed work on public lands and to help at events such as Earth Day, National Public Lands Day, Mission:Clean Stream, Confluence Trash Bash and Race for the Rivers. Service days will be held at many sites, including Riverlands, in West Alton, Riverwoods in Bridgeton and many local parks near you.

Team members are asked to pledge to support three service events this summer. Members will receive gloves, a water bottle, and a t-shirt at their first volunteer event.

Team leaders are needed to help coordinate service projects. Team leaders will receive special training to support events. Pledge to support five volunteer events and you are eligible to be a team leader and receive special recognition.

Single day volunteers are welcome and make up the majority of our volunteers! The work is rewarding, enjoyable, sometimes wet and muddy, but always worthwhile. Look for volunteer opportunities on our website or to join Greenway Network Conservation Team's monthly work party at the Riverlands area in West Alton, Mo.

To register for monthly volunteer work days at Riverlands, click here. 


The list of reasons why the Missouri Bluffs subdivision is a bad idea is just about endless.
We have picked this list as our Top 10.  
Click here to see the subdivision plan.
Top 10 Reasons Why St. Charles County Should Say NO
to Missouri Bluffs Subdivision
1.     This development has nothing to do with conservation and is not a “conservation subdivision.” It is a 360 home golf course community being built on steep, wooded slopes that surround the Missouri Bluffs Golf course. The project is being cloaked in conservation terms and called a “conservation subdivision” in a bold effort to divert attention from the damage that building 360 homes and two miles of roadway will do to the river bluff landscape. This is why the Planning & Zoning Commission voted 8 to 1 against it!
2.     It will blemish a remarkable corridor that has been preserved as the result of an 80-year history of events, conservation work and philanthropy. This area of forested valleys, expansive river views, conservation areas and trails sets St. Charles County apart and can be a source of long-lasting tourism and lifestyle benefits.
3.     The proposed subdivision lacks any significant common ground or open space and has no enforceable tree preservation restrictions.  Due to the extremely steep terrain surrounding the golf course homes have to be sited only 15 feet from the street on narrow, deep lots with side setbacks from neighboring houses as small as 7 feet. Because of a terrain unsuitable for homebuilding the streets have to be extremely narrow (20 feet).
4.     Stormwater management is non-existent.  The grade changes and tree removal for homesites and roads will force more stormwater into the valleys which will further damage trees, cause erosion and increase downstream flooding.  The development utilizes ALL of the space around the golf course for homesites with no remaining space for stormwater retention.
5.     Following construction there are NO enforceable regulations that prevent homeowners from clearing trees and other native vegetation to provide better views of the golf course fairways that the homes are built around.
6.     Included in the subdivision are homesites near a sewer treatment plant and a manufacturing facility with 24-hour operations which will create continuing unavoidable problems. 
7.     Some of the homesites border on the Katy Trail and the Great Rivers Greenway trail and will visually detract from the experiences they provide. The development borders the Weldon Spring Conservation Area and is near Busch Conservation Area. The subdivision is in the midst of conserved areas where dense residential development has never occurred. 
8.     The proposed development violates the intent of the county’s 2025 Master Plan which clearly identifies this area as greenspace.
9.     The owner of the property, the University of Missouri has the resources and ability to find alternative uses for this land as it is currently zoned. Denial of this rezoning request will require them to use those abilities to benefit the future of St. Charles County - not just themselves and the developer - it will not take away their ability to sell the land. 
10.  While hundreds of opponents from St. Charles have attended four public hearings and many have spoken in opposition, not one member of the public has appeared to speak in favor of this project. Only the paid consultants, contractors and attorneys who work for the developer have spoken in its favor. 
St. Charles County Council VOTES
Monday, April 30
On whether to accept P & Z “NO” recommendation
7 PM - 100 North 3rd Street, St. Charles

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