Operation Wild Lands

Operation Wild Lands

The Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) program works with volunteers of all ages to restore and maintain public lands throughout the St. Louis region.  Volunteers assist with the proactive management of public open spaces to improve wildlife habitats and nature-related outdoor recreation.


Recognizing that natural habitats are a precious resource and that most of the public-owned urban wild acreage in the St. Louis region is passively managed as a matter of practicality, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region created OWLs to help facilitate ongoing wildlife habitat improvements that include:

  • Area cleanups
  • Trail development and maintenance
  • Invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation
  • Tree plantings
  • Greenway Maintenance
  • Educational field trips

Volunteers from all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to join us for these fun group events. If you have a group of volunteers, you may also contact us, and we will do our best to get you set up with an OWLs event for your group.

If you are interested in participating in the Community Stewardship Alliance Program (CSA) or becoming a Community Stewardship Alliance Team Member please visit our CSA page.

For upcoming volunteer opportunities with OWLS and the CSA, please check our Volunteer Page or by signing up for the electronic newsletter (signup on the right).

We are also launching a tool loaning service this year. If your organization or group has an event in the community coming up, you can now reach out to us, and we will do our best, pending availability, to provide the necessary tools through this lending program. Interested parties simply need to complete this form and follow the instructions to set up supply pick up and make arrangements to return the items. 

For questions about this program, contact andrew@openspacestl.org or give us a call at (314)835-9225

Learn more about invasive plants and how to identify and control them here.

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