Two men in a canoe. Photo Credit James River Basin Partnership

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Summer Sunset

Photo Credit: Terry Whaley

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Boy with Tree
Boy with Tree

Photo Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

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Two men in a canoe. Photo Credit James River Basin Partnership

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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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Welcome to!  This is your virtual bulletin board – a place to share information and celebrate your events, your accomplishments, your projects as well as a place to find info about organizations of like-minded folks, cool places to go to experience the outdoors at its best, and resources offering data, information, expertise.  You are invited to share your news and enjoy the news of others! Got news? Report it to   Please note: we make every effort to ensure accuracy in our website; however, we cannot be responsible for info garnered from sites other than ours. 

Local Native Plant Sales
These are some opportunities to buy natives in April and early May.

May 7, 10 to 2 . Botanical Center roof, Ozark Soul.
For all their sales events go to  
Ozark Soul | Sale Events 2022



*Native Plants Sales: Click here for more information

*Webinars: Click here for more information.



*Now is a good time to check out Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA).

MEEA is hiring! And opening the spring mini-grants! And offering PD! Click here for information.
MEEA Educator Grants

Dream Meadows Garden Pottery Open House  Click here for pictures and more details  May 21

It’s like an open house in the garden.  Bring a picnic basket and your most relaxing lawn chair.  Spend the afternoon or 15 minutes discovering the garden’s hidden treasures on your own self-guided tour.


A variety of handmade pottery including vases, platters, wall pockets, planters and toad abodes will be on display throughout the garden.


Just follow your nose to 5756 N. Farm Road 129.  Direct any inquiries to:  Also look up Instagram:  dreammeadowsgardens

Arbor Day Foundation


A global moment to plant trees is gaining momentum. And the Arbor Day Foundation — along with our dedicated members — is at the forefront. Together we are planting millions of trees today to have a measurable and lasting impact on billions of lives tomorrow.

In the book Now Is the Time for Trees, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive Dan Lambe shares his insights about the power and importance of tree planting.

Equal parts inspiration and advocacy, this book is a rousing call for environmental action and a must-have book for nature lovers everywhere.


Order your copy today!

Use code BOOK10 for 10% Off


Ozark Greenways

Gravel Grind  


Hey Gravel Fans, we want YOU for this year’s event that raises funds for the Frisco Highline Trail!

The 2022 FHT IronHorse Gravel Grind is on May 15th. Sign-up before the registration fee increase on April 16th.


Register 👉🏾

More info 👉🏽FHT IronHorse Gravel Grind

Website 👉🏿…/2022-ironhorse-gravel-grin



Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

May 6 Monthly Meeting

Join us in person at the Watershed Center, Friday, May 6, 7:30 a.m.

Our presentation is "The Economics of Natural Resources: Valuing the Benefits derived from Wetland Ecosystem Services", by Dr. Sophie McKee and Nicole Didero. We will also hear an update from the Missouri Department of Conservation.


Dr. Sophie McKee is a research economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS), National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) Fort Collins, Colorado for the Economic Research of Human Wildlife Conflicts project in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Nicole Didero is an economics Research Associate for the USDA APHIS WS NWRC Economic Research of Human Wildlife Conflicts project in Fort Collins, Colorado


Save the Date

July 16, 2022 5pm-8pm

Save the date for the Watershed Summer Gala at beautiful Fellows Lake--the hottest party of the year!

Here are just a few highlights you can expect:


·  I love Tacos Taqueria and The Almighty Sando Shop Food trucks

·  Kona Ice of Springfield Shaved Ice

·  Red Wagon Soda and Lemonade

·  Pontoon Boat Rides leaving every 15-20 minutes, 5pm-7:30pm

·  Silent Auction and Whiskey Grab

·  Live Music by Steve Ames & Goat Milk Honey


May 5 (online portion) & May 7 (in person portion), MDC is holding a Muskie Workshop at the Lake. Check out MDC website for more information and to register.


Saturday, May 14 is the spring moonlight paddle.

For more information, visit the Fellows Lake web page.


Friday, May 27, 2pm-6pm Watershed Natives will be in Mother’s Brewing Company’s back yard for this in person sale.


Tuesdays, May 1 – June 30 10am-3pm the Watershed Natives nursery will be open for walk-in sales at our Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds location, enter through Gate 10.

For more information, visit the Watershed Natives web page.


Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC invites kids to free fishing day
May 7 at Bennett Spring

MDC reports final CWD results for 2021 deer season

Learn about Missouri's native grasslands at MDC's free Prairie Day event May 14 near El Dorado Springs

Discover weird wildlife with MDC’s new Strange but True guidebook

*We Need Snails! The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking for help from citizen scientists (that's you!) to assist in collecting snails from your stream. This effort will help develop future water quality standards and will also be used to map the distribution of Missouri snails.

Stream Team Water Quality Monitors of any training level can help with this effort. All you need to do to participate is collect snails from a stream and place them in a vial with preservative. MDC staff will identify the snails in a lab, so all you need to do is collect and submit to us! click here

MDC names new conservation educator in southwest Missouri


Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Opening Soon:  Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Applications Click here

Department of Natural Resources’ Pesticide Collection Program on track for record year.  Read more...

Department of Natural Resources reschedules ARPA webinars

DNR offers FREE webinar on State ARPA Funding for Community Water Infrastructure Grant Program


Conservation Federation of Missouri

Conservation Achievement Awards 2021 *Congrats to Larry Whitely and Justine Gartner!



*What's the Buzz About Pollinator Plots? Click here to find out!
*The new Springfield, Missouri 2022-23 Community Resource Guide is here


*The 55-year-old land trust has been awarded accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Missouri Prairie Foundation Earns National Recognition


VITAL FARMS Check out what's happening at Vital Farms.


James River Basin Partnership  

Meet Our New Education Outreach Coordinator! 


Missouri Recycling Association - MORA
**Save the Date!**
Mo. Recycling Association 2022 Conference

October 10-12, 2022
Stoney Creek Inn - Independence, MO!
Call for Presentations: 
To have your presentation considered, please be sure to submit it  to Lisa McDaniel ( and Lydia Gibson ( no later than MAY 31, 2022.

INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK, May 1-7, 2022 to learn more, click here International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) will be held May 1 through 7, 2022.  This year, we’re inviting everyone to submit a snapshot of themselves in the act of making or using compost.  These could be in the backyard, community garden or in a municipal or commercial setting.  Just take a snapshot of yourself and/or your team and send it to  We’ll get it posted to the Compost Missouri Facebook page.The theme for ICAW this year is Recipe for Regeneration: Compost, highlighting the importance of compost in the regenerative agriculture movement.  Compost improves the soil, helps control erosion, improves water retention, and helps mitigate the effects of climate change.  For more information on ICAW, go to International Compost Awareness Week (

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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