Eastern Missouri Group E-Newsletter
April 28, 2011, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 pm to 9 pm at Litzsinger School, Lindbergh Blvd and Litzsinger Road (map)
Our April speaker is Harry Jackson, Jr., health and science writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He also writes Trail of the Week which appears Wednesdays. He is a professional photographer and avid hiker. His subject will be Point-and-Shoot to Pro, Bring Home Breathtaking Memories. Free and open to the public. Join us for dinner before the meeting at around 6 pm at The Daily Bread Cafe, 11719 Manchester Road in Des Peres. (map)
April 17, Saint Louis Earth Day
Help greet visitors and promote the Sierra Club at the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park this coming Sunday. Please sign up to spend a two hour shift at our booth starting at 10:00 am, noon, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm. To sign up and for more information please e-mail Frank Lorberbaum.
The EMG is doing many wonderful things, from trail building to political canvassing, but many of our activities and stories happen quietly, without much public notice. We would like to change this in a way suitable for the 2010s: digital video!
Perhaps you are the owner of a digital video camera who possesses or would like to learn digital media skills, and you would like to help your favorite environmental organization by going along on some activities, possibly interviewing a member or two, then creating a Youtube-quality video of these activities. If this sounds intriguing to you, please contact Richard Egan.
Trail Building at Hawn State Park ... Thanks for your help!
The trail crew invites you to check out two new rerouted sections of the Whispering Pines Trail in Hawn State Park. The Sierra Club Trail Crew worked from March 31st to April 3rd to reroute a half mile of badly eroded trail in the park.
The first section of trail was on the South Loop -- a steep slope with large trees over the trail was moved to a more gentle slope next to the creek. The hiker will have the opportunity to walk through a grove of pine trees with beautiful spring wild flowers.
The second reroute was on the North Loop. The trail was taken off an old logging road that was holding a lot of water and was replaced with a beautiful walk through the forest.
Thanks to Hawn State Park for hosting our group and a big thanks to all our members who came out to make this a great four days of trail work. For additional information or questions contact: Bob Gestel at 636-296-8975 or Paul Stupperich at 314-429-4352.
Columbia Bottom Appreciation Day
The Sierra Club would like to invite you to the Columbia Bottom Appreciation Day on May 14th, 1 p.m. at the
Becherer's farm, on Riverview Drive a quarter of a mile before the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area (watch for signs for parking). There will be classes by the St. Louis Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Missouri Department of Conservation, and others. Bring your own chairs. No pets because there are a lot of frogs. Any volunteers for serving lemonade, help with parking or at the registration table would be appreciated. Contact Gloria Broderick, 314-741-4588.
Gentle Hike Schedule
May 7th -- Riverlands Wings of Spring Event. We will meet at the second parking lot with the observation ramp. We will start at 10am. Big day for birds. You can bring a chair if you wish.
June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th -- Columbia Bottom. On the second Saturday of June, July, and August Columbia Bottom Conservation Area will offer Gentle Hikes for those who long for the outdoors but time or mobility is an issue. Guided hikes will meet at various locations on the area at 10:00 AM and will last about an hour. All routes are flat and paved. There will be a naturalist guide to talk about the birds or flowers we will see. Reservations are not required. For more information including starting location, call the Columbia Bottom Visitor Center at 314-877-6014.
September 10th -- we will go to the prize-winning Citygarden at 8th and Market Streets. The 8th & Pine MetroLink Station is one block north of Citygarden. For information contact Gloria 314-741-4588
Eastern Missouri Group Outings Schedule
Sierra Club members and non-members are welcome to join club members on our outings.
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