Ongoing ProgramsFebruary to October Stormwater Advisory Committee Meetings
Contribute ideas and find out what we're doing to improve water quality. Bi-monthly meetings. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Wentzville City Hall
April-August and September-February Native Plant School Webinars
This learning series for the home landscaper covers native plants, rain gardening, lake landscaping, etc. Bring questions, photos, plant specimens, etc. Register online or call (636) 451-3512. Location: Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit.
April St. Louis Regional Envirothon
High school teams compete in aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, and a current issue. Call (636) 922-2833 ext. 3 for details.
April St. Louis Earth Day Festival
The in-person 2021 St. Louis Earth Day Festival will be replaced with other exciting socially-distant ways to celebrate! Stay Tuned and check out the monthly virtual programs and Green Dining Alliance restaurants.
Year-Round Household Chemical Collections
Bring hazardous items for safe disposal to Recycle Works West. Collection hours run Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with no appointment necessary. There is a $25 fee for loads under 50 pounds. Click here for items accepted and instructions.
2021 Events & TrainingApril 10-11 Stream Team Training: Introductory Level Water Quality Monitoring
Learn what's in Missouri's streams by testing them! Pre-register for a two-part virtual training at your convenience (a recorded option is also available to watch anytime after 3/19/21) and stream-side field training. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 10-11 Mission: Clean Stream
Annual stream cleanup. Register online early and select your preferred supply pickup time. Questions? Call (636) 639-2051. Location: Rotary Park, Wentzville
April 22 Earth Day Special Webinar: Keeping our Water Healthy: Native Plants and Watersheds Panel
Learn about native plants and water quality from a panel of professionals, Ronda Burnett, Dale Blevins, and Dr. Lisa Shulte-Moore, moderated by Stream Teams United Executive Director Mary Culler. They break down steps all of us can take to keep watersheds healthy, and how native plants play an important role in clean water for all Missourians. The webinar includes Stream Teams United’s new educational video. Time: 4-5 p.m.
Ponds and water gardens with permanent water have special needs and plants that play an important role to wildlife. Come learn which plants grow in water and which grow just beyond the water edge. Also learn how to manage for problems associated with duckweed, algae, invasive species, pond leaks and erosion. Time: 5-6 p.m. Register and pay online.
Aug. 18 Native Plant School Webinar Series: Converting Lawn and Fields to Seeded Prairie
Do you have too much lawn? Are you sick of cutting all the grass? What about that extra common ground that’s seldom used? It’s a good time to consider converting that turf to prairie. Come learn how to create a natural-style landscape with high diversity and low maintenance. Time: 5-6 p.m. Register and pay online.
August 28 Race for the Rivers Festival & Canoe Race
Kayak or canoe this Missouri River race (or leisure paddle). The festival has live music, great food, and family-friendly activities and info on encouraging and enjoying healthy rivers. Location: Frontier Park, St. Charles
September Stream Team Level I Training
(Dates announced in June.) Help monitor a creek in Wentzville! Attendance is limited. Click the link for info and training opportunities. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: TBD
September 18 World Water Monitoring Day
Held annually between Sept. 18 and Oct. 18, the international program engages communities with stream monitoring to assess the condition of local rivers, streams and lakes and submit data online. Other ideas include organizing a trash cleanup, going on a watershed walkabout or talking to your school or neighborhood about water pollution prevention. Reach out to the City at (636) 639-2055 for support.
October 23 Make a Difference Day
A national annual single day of service. Thousands of volunteers unite to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects. Help your neighbors by volunteering. Improve habitat in our community by removing invasive plants on your own property or common ground (at your leisure). Please call (636) 639-2055 for info.