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The mission of is to facilitate communication and to celebrate efforts and accomplishments among the environmental community of the Southwest Missouri Ozarks and to provide useful information to those who live in or visit the Region. Learn more...

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The Ozarks Society

Ozark Society Members,

The Ozark Society (OS) is accepting applications for Youth Grants to support environmental projects. Proposals will be accepted from nonprofit organizations and schools with projects that take place in the region where the Ozark Society is active.  Projects must involve elementary or secondary school-aged youth in hands-on conservation activities or environmental engagement.


Project funding up to $3000 will be awarded. Applications will be accepted from November 10th to February 3rd, 2024. Award notification and funds distribution will be in March 2024. Projects will have one year to complete their objectives.


Since 2020, the OS Youth Grants Program has awarded almost $35,000 to twenty-one different grant projects. Funded projects include gardens and greenhouses, interactive environmental education, community clean-up and restoration projects, watershed conservation, trail building, and more.

For the application form and additional information about the Youth Grant, visit  HERE.

Questions can be emailed to:


Lowell Collins

Ozark Society Community Engagement Chair



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Watershed Center of the Ozarks

We are hiring Conservation Technicians!

Do you know someone interested in working with the National Park Service to restore and maintain our historic lands?

Please send them our way!

You can find more information here.

Missouri Institute of Natural Science

We are looking for a part-time Museum Assistant to help with administrative tasks. Below is a job description. Let me know if you have any questions - Samantha Forir (MINS Board Member) Go to for more details:

Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA)

Missouri Recycles (MORA)  

Dish to Dirt Newsletter: November

Read to find out how to subscribe and see what events are coming up.

Check out what can be recycled at Staples.

Hi Environmental Ed friends and educators!
Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree in Missouri are coming back this Fall, starting with our upcoming Facilitator workshops:

  1. New Facilitator Workshop - 12-14 January 2024, St. Louis area, MO. Three-day workshops focus on first-time facilitators with 2 days covering the main curriculum and the last day covering Early Childhood materials.

  2. New Facilitator Workshop - TBD May 2024, if there's enough interest.

Please share these with your network and colleagues who are interested in environmental education in Missouri using Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree curriculum. Contact the state coordinator or for more information.
Indigo T. Tran (they/them)
State Coordinator | Projects WET, WILD, & Learning Tree
Director | Missouri Science Olympiad Region VII
Academic Advisor | CNAS Student Success Office
Missouri State University
Office: +1 (417) 836-6150 | Mobile: +1 (417) 893-0651


Missouri Department of Natural Resources


Ozark Soul

Ozark Riverways Foundation

Ozarks Greenways

James River Basin Partnership


The Ozarks Clean Air Alliance

Missouri Department of Conservation

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"Fish Don't Want Your Meds" was created by the Missouri Product Stewardship Council (MOPSC), a coalition of governments, businesses, and other stakeholders, and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), a national policy advocate and consulting nonprofit.


“People with unused medications in their medicine cabinets shouldn’t have to wait for a twice-yearly DEA take-back day to safely dispose of them,” said Angie Snyder, Chair of the MOPSC. “This campaign will help protect people and the environment.” 


“Missouri’s new take-back campaign is a great way to educate consumers about pharmaceuticals responsibility,” said Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder of PSI. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Missouri Product Stewardship Council to make sure all residents connect with these valuable resources.”

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The people of Southwest Missouri are known for their ability to work together to solve problems.  Communication is a critical component of those efforts. All advocacy work takes a toll on its warriors – we all need to celebrate our successes., created by Barbara Lucks, is a vehicle for both of these important components of a successful effort – communication and celebration.

Barbara Lucks grew up on a family owned and operated resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Her father built the resort in 1932, just as the Lake was filling. She grew up with a love and respect for everything outdoors and of nature.  Following graduation from Missouri State University, she stayed in Springfield and returned to a familiar pursuit – a career in corporate-level hotel management.  In 1994, she joined the City of Springfield as the Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator and was instrumental in positioning Springfield as a regional recycling hub.  She left the City in 2016, as the City’s first Sustainability Officer, to go into private consulting. She has an extensive resume – both professional and as a community volunteer leader.

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Subject Line: Ozarks Environment News

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