JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, is encouraging residents and families of the 13th Senate District to attend one of the upcoming free events hosted by the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.
“The Department of Conservation provides Missourians with the opportunity to enjoy many great activities at no charge,” said Sen. Walsh. “Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive activity for yourself, a small group of friends or your whole family, the conservation department really goes out of its way to offer events that every household budget can afford. As we head into spring, I encourage area residents to get outside and take advantage of these fun, education programs.”
The following events will be held at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in March:
- Sunset-Moonrise Hike
Date: Sunday, March 12
Time: 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Watch the sunset from the tallest point at Columbia Bottom. Then watch the full moon rise over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Dress for the weather, and meet at parking lot K. Reserve by Mar 11, 2017.
- Geocaching at Columbia Bottom for Beginners
Date: Wednesday, March 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This modern day treasure hunt combines technology and nature into an adventure in the great outdoors. Join us as we learn about this exciting and sometimes challenging hobby. GPS units will be supplied. Dress for the weather. Reservations begin March 1.
- Guess what
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages: All ages
What animal can be found on six continents and your backyard? If you guessed a worm, you are one smart conservationist. Join us as we learn more about this beneficial creature and make a kitchen composter. Reservations begin March 1.
- Dresser Island Pelican walk
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ages: 10 and up
Dresser Island on the Mississippi River is a great place to watch for pelicans, eagles and other spring migrants. We will walk up to 4 miles to a spot where pelicans congregate and watch for other species along the way. Dress for the weather, and wear walking shoes that can get muddy. Bring a water bottle and snack. Reservations begin March 8.
To make event reservations, call (314) 877-6014, Wednesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is in north St. Louis County at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. To reach the area, go north approximately 2.8 miles from the I-270 Riverview Drive exit. Riverview Drive becomes Columbia Bottom Road at its intersection with Larimore Road.
Senator Walsh regularly informs 13th District residents of upcoming local events held by state agencies. To subscribe to her regular legislative and district updates, click here or visit her Missouri Senate website at www.senate.mo.gov/walsh.