Operation Wild Lands (OWLs)
A community-based partnership, Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) prepares citizen volunteers of all ages to restore and maintain public lands throughout the St. Louis region. These trained volunteer land stewards assist with the proactive management of public open space to improve wildlife habitat and nature-related outdoor recreation.
Recognizing that natural habitats are a precious resource and that most of the public-owned urban wild acreage in the St. Louis region is passively managed as a matter of practicality, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region created OWLs to help facilitate ongoing wildlife habitat improvements that include:
- Area cleanups
- Trail development and maintenance
- Invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation
- Tree plantings
- Educational field trips
Below are some upcoming opportunities to get involved!
Join us for a litter cleanup on Simpson Lake and along the Meramec Greenway on October 4th from 9am-12 noon. Participants will have the opportunity to clean up the lake from a kayak or canoe and walk along the shore and greenway to remove litter and trash. We will also sort the trash and separate so that some of it can be recycled. Click button below to register. Must be ages 16+.
Join us on November 15th for an invasive honeysuckle removal in Ellisville's Bluebird Park. All ages welcome at this event, but registration is required. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Click button below to sign up today!
Want to see how successful previous OWLs events have been? Then check out our blog!
Past sites include: Beckemeir Woods Conservation Area; Bittersweet Conservation Area; Gravois Creek Conservation Area; Hickory Woods Conservation Area; Klamberg Woods Conservation Area; Phantom Forest Conservation Area; Teszars Woods Conservation Area; Wild Cherry Ridge Conservation Area; Castlewood State Park; City of Fenton's parks; City of Wildwood's parks; Central Park in Chesterfield; and Greentree Park in Kirkwood and many more!
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