Open Space Council STL

Operation Wild Lands


Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) events will resume in the Fall of 2014.  Please check back in September for the schedule.

A community-based partnership, Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) prepares citizen volunteers of all ages to restore and maintain public lands throughout the St. Louis region.  These trained volunteer land stewards assist with the proactive management of public open space to improve wildlife habitat 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
  • Educational field trips

A big thank you to all who volunteered to help with the OWLS program.  We are currently scheduling for the Winter and Spring Season.  Check back often for more OWLS event dates!

Past events from 2014:
  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63021, 8:30 a.m.-noon.  Native planting.  Ages 12+ welcome with parent or guardian present.  SOLD OUT

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Rock Hollow Trail, meeting place is Al Foster Trail Parking lot; 225 Grand Ave; Glencoe, MO 63038, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Trailbuilding and lunch.  Ages 12+ welcome with parent or guardian present.

Past Events from 2013:

Feburary 1st: OWLS workday at Beckemeier Conservation Area in Chesterfield, MO with Principia High School.

March 16th: Open Space Council  partnered with St. Louis County Parks for a Trail Crew Public Work Day project at Greensfelder Park in Eureka, MO.

March 21st: Tree Planting with the Friends of Labarque Creek in the Labarque Creek Watershed.

March 23rd: Tree Planting with the Friends of Labarque Creek in the Labarque Creek Watershed.

April 6th: Honeysuckle Removal at Blue Bird Park in Ellisville.  

April 13th: Sapling planting at the Glassberg Conservation Area.  Register here!

April 20th: Forest Park Earth Day Litter Clean Up for any and all volunteers. Open Space Council has continued to participate in this event since 1998! RSVP here!

Want to see how successful previous OWLs events have been?  Then check out our blog!

Past sites include:  Beckemeir Woods Conservation Area; Bittersweet Conservation Area; Gravois Creek Conservation Area; Hickory Woods Conservation Area; Klamberg Woods Conservation Area; Phantom Forest Conservation Area; Teszars Woods Conservation Area; Wild Cherry Ridge Conservation Area; Castlewood State Park; City of Fenton's parks; City of Wildwood's parks; Central Park in Chesterfield; and Greentree Park in Kirkwood and many more!

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Sponsors and Partners:

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