Chapter Ten: 2040: The Missouri River Valley

Virtual Event Aired: September 30th, 2020 

By the time this chapter is written, the bur oak acorn planted in the spring of 2017 will have seen twenty-four growing seasons. So will the children who found the planted it. Explorers, fur traders, immigrants, steamboats, railroads, farmers, and fun-seekers having left an imprint on the Missouri River valley. More changes will leave their mark by 2040. 

Special Guests:
Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President & Executive Director of Forest Park Forever, will discuss how and why Forest Park was in the late 19th century, Forest Park Forever’s role in the dramatic restoration of the Park and it’s role today, and the exciting new 17-acre Nature Playscape nearing the end of its construction in the Park.
Meridith Perkins, Executive Director with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will discuss the value of planting and stewarding trees as an empowering way for people to take action now, ensuring that the legacy of our natural environment lives on for future generations.

Growing Up with the River was created for the next generation of conservationists and does a wonderful job connecting families to the natural world of the Missouri River valley. In this activity, young naturalists will search for photo-ready subjects, as they practice observation skills and learn how to document their findings.

The below image illustrates the different towns featured in Growing Up with the River.  

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