Community Volunteering

In addition to Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s sponsored volunteering, there are native plant efforts around the St Louis area that need volunteers. We know everyone doesn’t have a yard to Dig In! Therefore, we are listing additional events on this community page where you can “get your hands dirty”, even if you live on the third floor of an apartment. Of course if you do have your own yard and want to help, these opportunities are for you as well.

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7th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour Volunteers Needed

The 2017 Tour is on June 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  1. Help yard hosts get their yards in shape for the tour and/or
  2. Greet visitors and talk with them during the tour. 

Not all of the homes are native plant focused but in the past, many have had native plants.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn from hosts about renewable energy, composting, raising chickens, vegetable gardening and other topics and you can share what you know about natives. If you can help, please let Terry Winkelmann know, in general, the days of the week, times, and total hours you are available: terry@sustainablebackyardtour.com.” For more information, visit the Tour Facebook page.

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Emmenegger Nature Park continues to hold Sunday Honeysuckle Sweep events to rid the park of invasive bush honeysuckle. These events will be every Sunday (except possibly April 23 and April 30) through the end of May. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the trail kiosk. Contact Gwyn Wahlmann at gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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Look for the autumn Honeysuckle Sweep Week to be announced at a later date.

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ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Museum of Transportation
Currently our Wild Ones member, Betty Struckhoff, is leading volunteer work days every Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., but their work sites can vary so it’s good to call ahead.

Please contact Horticultural Volunteer Coordinator April Anderson (847) 289-9760 to learn more or Lead Volunteer Betty Struckhoff (314) 960-5126 if you’re going there to work and cannot find the group. Whether you can help once a week, once a month, or once in a while, you can make a difference.

Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather: Long sleeves (with short sleeves underneath), long pants, hat, durable close-toed shoes, eye protection (it’s fine to wear glasses) if trimming, a bucket, leather gloves, hand spade or pitchfork for digging weeds, and a full water bottle.

Forest Park Savanna volunteering
The Kennedy Woods Advisory Group (KWAG) is volunteering under the guidance of Forest Park Forever (FPF) to restore and maintain the savanna near Kennedy Forest with all native plants. They need a volunteer core group to move the restoration process forward. 

There are two options for volunteering. These opportunities will occur on weekends or outside normal business hours:

  1. Join them for a 3-hour training session with Forest Park Forever. Those who receive training will be part of a core group able to participate in monthly restoration activities under the guidance of FPF and with the leadership of Gary Schimmelpfenig, Restoration Biologist/Educator. Complete the on-line volunteer application. Look in the right-hand sidebar of the page for the black button titled “KWAG Once-a-Month Volunteer Application”.
  2. Join them for their twice a year KWAG work sessions, including plug planting in the spring and perhaps seed collecting, or bush honeysuckle removal, in the fall. Complete the on-line volunteer application. Look in the right-hand sidebar of the page for the black button titled “KWAG Episodic Volunteer Application”.

Go to their new website, Earth Mirrors to read about the KWAG project, view the photo gallery, and more. Contact Gary with questions at gary@earthmirrors.com.

Volunteer opportunity with the Sierra Club Eastern Missouri Group

Doing what: Help maintain the native garden at their office
How long: A two-hour commitment one time per month
Where: Missouri Sierra Club
2818 Sutton Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63143
For more information: Contact their office at 314-644-1011 or email missouri.chapter@sierraclub.org.