5.15.12 – Missouri’s River Gems – The Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday May 15th, 6:30 to 9pm

As summer begins, many of us will be gearing up for paddling trips on Missouri’s great rivers. So at this month’s Green Drinks, we’ll feature two of our finest – the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, which make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

It’s no wonder that this was the first national park area in the county to be established to protect a wild river system – the Current and Jacks Fork are sparkling, spring-fed rivers that draw more than a million visitors each year from St. Louis and beyond. The park is an international biodiversity hot spot and has towering limestone bluffs, hundreds of caves, and some of the largest springs in North America.

Come grab a drink and learn about the rivers, the threats to them, and what you can do to help protect them for the future. Kally Coleman of Friends of Ozark Riverways will be on hand to talk about the unique wonders of the area. Ted Mathys with Environment Missouri will discuss the statewide campaign to get stronger protections for the Riverways from the National Park Service this summer. And if it’s not sunny in the Ozarks, Dr. Alan Templeton will be out of the field and in the Bottleworks to talk about his famous collared lizards and the rich natural history of the Ozark Mountains! We’ll also have folks on hand to help set up your next float trip!

And we’ll have an Ozark area geologist to answer your questions about the landscape, as well as folks from St. Louis canoe and kayak shops to help you set up your next trip!

Speakers include:

Ted Mathys – Environment Missouri
Kally ColemanFriends of the Ozark Riverways
Alan R. Templeton – Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis (tentative)
Lisa Hollenbeck – Co-Owner, Alpine Shop

$3 suggested donation