The last two years have been an adjustment for us, and shifting our programming and clean-ups to adapt to socially distant protocols has been challenging for our staff and our volunteers. Still, with the help of our partners and sponsors, we have been able to navigate these challenging times.
Our group picnics and gatherings are postponed, but the spirit of the community is alive and well. Through our online communities’ shared missions and goals, we have been able to engage several hundred volunteers from all over the St. Louis Region in the importance of protecting and preserving our land and water. For example, our 54th Annual Operation Clean Stream self-guided clean-up in August removed over 500 cubic yards of trash, over 5,000lbs of metal, and 824 tires. Through Clean-Up efforts like Operation Clean Stream and the Trash Bash, we raise awareness and educate our youth on the importance of clean land and water.
As we gear up for the 16th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash, we want to highlight one of The Open Space Council’s sponsors. As the nonprofit partner to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, the Aquarium Foundation engages the community through access and education programs, serving as the region’s recognized voice for water stewardship. Their Conservation and Education Center is a free-admission facility located next to the Aquarium – is comprised of interactive science-based exhibits on the topics of water conservation, our local waterways, and the effects of plastic on our rivers and oceans.
The Center is committed to providing free Aquarium admission to individuals in under-resourced communities, teaching STEM education classes, and being our region’s recognized voice for water stewardship. Thanks to The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation and volunteers like you for your support!