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2013 Ongoing Programs

(Please click on the event name link for details.)
 

Feb. to Oct.   Stormwater Advisory Committee Meetings  
Contribute ideas and find out what we're doing to improve water quality.  Meetings bi-monthly.  Time: 6 p.m. Location: Wentzville City Hall

Jan. to Dec.  Peruque Creek Watershed Alliance Meetings
Learn about efforts in the Peruque Creek watershed. Call (636) 625-8276 ext. 13 for details.  Time: 7 p.m.  Location: Lake St. Louis Community Assoc. Club House

Jan. 10 to Nov. 7  Native Plant School 
This mostly outdoor learning series and tour 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.

May thru Sept.  Household Chemical Collections  
Bring hazardous items for safe disposal Tuesday through Friday and the last Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  There is a $10 fee for drop-off and loads must weigh under 50 pounds. Click here for items accepted and instructions. 

2013 Events

Feb. 14  Conducting Small Controlled Prairie/Woodland Burns  
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 1-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

Feb. 28  Dig In:  A Gardening Seminar      
Join Master Gardeners for a morning packed with gardening, herbs, composting, bee, organic, and native plant info. Pick topics that interest you in each of three sessions. Time: 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. Fee: $20 before Feb. 11  Location: St. Charles Co. Extension Center 

Mar. 6  Organic Gardening Workshop     
Learn the A to Zs of growing nfo.  vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, and shrubs without harsh pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Includes handy resources for natural gardening.  Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Fee: $25  Location: St. Charles Co. Extension Center 

Mar. 9  Project WET Teacher Workshop    
International Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) curriculum training. Call (636) 639-2055 for info.  Location: Busch Wildlife Conservation Area, St. Charles

Mar. 14  Native Plant Propagation from Seed 
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 1-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

Mar. 15 or 16  Stream Team Training:  Introductory Level Water Quality Monitoring 
Learn what's in Missouri's streams by testing them.  Register by Feb. 27.  Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Location: Babler State Park, Wildwood

Mar. 19-20   Earth Day Symposium          
This year's symposium focuses on climate trends and local impacts. Location: Powder Valley Conservation Area, St. Louis

Apr. 3  Soil Building and Composting         
Topics include soil classifications, amendments, testing, pH, fertilizing, and composting materials. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee: $20  Location: St. Charles Co. Extension Center 

Apr. 6   Mission: Clean Stream & GM Earth Day Festival 
11th annual stream cleanup.  Eco Ride & Drive, stream trash artist demos, kids activities and more.  Register early - space is limited, call (636) 327-9236.  Lunch provided for volunteers.  Location: GM Wentzville Assembly Plant, Gate 4 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Apr. 9  Lawn Care and Maintenance    
Get your lawn in tip top shape.  Topics include site/soil preparation, species selection, fertilizing, watering, mowing, and aeration. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee: $20  Location: St. Charles Co. Extension Center 

Apr. 11  Practical Gardening with Native Plants
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 1-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

Apr. 16  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.  Location: Quail Ridge Park, St. Charles

Apr. 30  Creating a Native Rain Garden        
Learn the role of rain gardens in controlling storm water runoff and how to create one with native plants. Tour the on-site rain garden.  Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fee: $20  Location: St. Charles Co. Extension Center 

Mar. 2  The Art and Function of Combining Native Plants        
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 1-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

May 11  Shaw Spring Wildflower Market    
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

Kayak or canoe this Missouri River race (or leisure paddle).  The festival has food, great music, and info on how to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers. Location: Frontier Park, St. Charles
 

Sept./Oct.  Stream Team Level I Training
(Dates announced in June.)  Help monitor a creek Wentzville! Attendance is limited.  Click the link for info and other training opportunities. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: TBD

Sept. 6   Shaw Fall Wildflower Market    
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve.  Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Register and pay online.

Sept. 18    World Water Monitoring Day    
Host your own monitoring event anytime from Mar. 22 to Dec. 31 and submit data online. Ideas include organizing a trash cleanup, going on a watershed walkabout, stream monitoring, or talking to your school or neighborhood about water pollution prevention.  Contact (636) 639-2055 for support.

Free educational seminar on bioretention areas, rain gardens, and other natural solutions (3 PDHs).  Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Location: St. Peters Art Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.  RSVP at 636-561-3158 or cara@eco-constructors.com
 
Oct. 26  Make a Difference Day - Honeysuckle Roundup
Improve habitat in our community by helping tackle invasive plants on your own property or common ground (at your leisure).  Instructions on eradication provided upon request.  Call 636-639-2055 or jamie.paige@wentzvillemo.org for info. 
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