Already have something in the works at your school? We'd love to hear about your activities or projects that are helping improve water quality in Wentzville. Submit your success story online!
Events Around Town
February to October Stormwater Advisory Committee Meetings
Contribute ideas and find out what we're doing to improve water quality. Meets bi-monthly. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Wentzville City Hall
Janurary 10 to November 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 September 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.
March 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
April 4 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: University Outreach & Extension, St. Charles
April 6 Mission: Clean Stream & GM Earth Day Festival
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: Rotary Park, Wentzville Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 27-28 St. Louis Earth Day Festival
Whether you are coming for the food, music, activities, or people watching, this community tradition will leave you a little more inspired about real progress made to preserve our planet, sustainable products and services offered by local organizations, as well as showcasing local entertainment and Green Dining Alliance restaurants. Location: Muny grounds, St. Louis
May 11 Shaw Spring Wildflower Market UPDATE
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Register and pay online.
Sept. 21 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: Babler State Park, Wildwood
Sept. 14 Managing Agricultural Lands for Property Owner
Do you own or rent farmland? If so, workshop topics may be of interest: what you can do to enhance farm stewardship, increase wildlife habitat and make your farm more productive. Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Maryland Heights.
Sept. 18 World Water Monitoring Day UPDATE
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.
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. Please call 636-639-2055 or Jamie.Paige@wentzvillemo.org for info.
EnviroScape® Watershed Model
Ecology, water cycle, natural resources and human impacts on the environment can all be taught using this 3-D interactive watershed model! With city staff training, this model can be loaned for use at your school or event. Call the Stormwater Division at (636) 327-5102.
- Explore different land uses, their unique functions and values.
- Explore how stormwater runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a lake, stream or river – and the best management practices to prevent this type of pollution from occurring.
- Demonstrate how restoring and constructing wetlands can improve natural resources and manage stormwater, reducing flooding and pollution.
St. Louis Regional Envirothon for High Schools
High-school students are invited to register as a team to participate in the St. Louis Regional Envirothon Competition, sponsored by the St. Charles Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with the City of Wentzville and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Teams compete at the regional, state and international level and are eligible for scholarships.
Students and coaches receive hands-on trainings, STEM and field ecology experiences in state parks and conservation areas, access to career resources, and work directly with professionals to find solutions to address complex real-world resource management issues in these topics:
- Current Issue:
Start a Team! It’s Easy!
Teams consist of five students with one alternate. Each team needs a designated coach which could be a teacher, parent, club leader or school administrator.
Ask an advisor about how to start a team today!
For info, call (636) 922-2833, ext. 3.
St. Louis Regional Envirothon (Brochure)
Missouri State Envirothon
Here are some Wentzville area professionals available for resources, classrooms or event presentations:
- Nine Network: Water Matters - St. Louis Partners Bring Focus to Importance of Water
- Cigarette Butt Litter
- Detox Your Domicile (Hazardous Waste Curriculum)
- EPA - Educational Resources
- EPA - Water For KIDS! (Fun games grades K-6)
- Learn About Ground Water
- NASA Classroom - Tracking water quality problems (Grades 7-12)
- Water Science for Schools, U.S. Geological Survey
- Water Education
- Top 10 Classroom Programs
- Sustainable School Projects - Looking for ways to improve water quality at your school? Get instructions on designing several types of Low Impact Development (LID) school projects. (There are separate programs for elementary, middle, and high schools!)