While the Great Rivers Greenway team is currently sheltering-in-place to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we thought it might be a good idea to take this opportunity to answer some questions that we frequently receive when out and about in the community. If you have other questions you would like us to answer, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Looking for something to do while social distancing? Or, more appropriately, are you looking for something for your kids to do? We have created several greenway coloring sheets to help bring a bit of the greenways to you! Click on the photos below to download a pdf coloring book page. We would love to see your finished artwork! Share it on Facebook or email email@example.com and we will post for you!
Even when sheltering-in-place, we can all pitch in and do our part for conservation, and one fun way to get involved – in your yard, at a nearby park, along a greenway or even out your back window, is through citizen science.
There are lots of ways that you and your family can get involved in citizen science. And to help you get started we have put together a list of citizen science initiatives tracking a wide array of things of interest to conservationists and scientists. You can pitch in and help them out by counting birds, tracking seasonal changes in plants and animals, taking pictures of bees, or even mapping squirrels. No matter which project you choose to participate in, you will be helping conservationists expand their data and understanding of the current state of the natural world.
- BirdTrack: https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/birdtrack
- Celebrate Urban Birds: https://celebrateurbanbirds.org/
- GLOBE Observer (clouds, trees, etc.): https://observer.globe.gov/do-globe-observer
- ISeeChange: https://www.iseechange.org/
- MyEnvironment: https://www3.epa.gov/myem/envmap/find.html
- Bee Hunt: https://www.discoverlife.org/bee/
- BeeSpotter: https://beespotter.org/
- BeeWise: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/beewise-honey-bee-pollen-nectar-map
- Bugs In Our Backyard: https://www.bugsinourbackyard.org/
- Bumble Bee Watch: https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/
- Butterflies & Moths of North America: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
- Butterflies I’ve Seen: https://www.nababis.org/
- Dragonfly Migration: http://www.migratorydragonflypartnership.org/index/welcome
- eButterfly: http://www.e-butterfly.org/
- Monarch SOS: https://monarchjointventure.org/get-involved/study-monarchs-citizen–science-opportunities
- Native Buzz: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/ellis/nativebuzz/Home.aspx
- The Great Sunflower Project: https://www.greatsunflower.org/
- The Lost Ladybug Project: http://www.lostladybug.org/
- ZomBee Watch: https://www.zombeewatch.org/
- Midwest Invasive Species Information Network: https://www.misin.msu.edu/
Plant and Animal Lifecycles
- Biodiversity PEEK: http://biodiversitypeek.org/
- Budburst: http://www.budburst.org/
- City Nature Challenge: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/city-nature-challenge/
- iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/
- Nature’s Notebook: https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook
- Project NOAH: https://www.projectnoah.org/
- St. Louis Wildlife Project: https://stlwildlifeproject.org/community-science
- Wildlife Watch: https://www.nwf.org/educational-resources/wildlife-guide/
- Loss of the Night: http://lossofthenight.blogspot.com/
- Meteor Observing: https://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/
- Mosquito Byte: http://vectorecology.org/outreach/mosquito-bite-app/
- Project Squirrel: https://scistarter.org/form/project-squirrel
- Sound Around Town: https://soundaroundtown.org/
- SquirrelMapper: http://squirrelmapper.org/
Create Your Own
- Create Your Own Citizen Science Project: www.citsci.org
The National Recreation and Parks Association provides several recommendations for safe social distancing when in parks or on greenways:
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers
In the interest of public health, all scheduled greenway events & volunteer workdays (including Confluence Trash Bash) are postponed through at least May 15, 2020. We look forward to seeing you at a later, safer date.
Our agency is working almost exclusively remotely right now, still available to answer your calls or emails: 314-436-7009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As of Wednesday, March 18th, across the globe, many parks and trails remain open, but facilities such as playgrounds or restrooms are closed to limit spread of COVID-19. Dozens of municipalities and other partners operate and maintain the greenways in the St. Louis region; we are doing our best to keep up with any news, event postponing or closures on our website.
Please be thoughtful in your choices, including in public spaces like greenways. If you do choose to go outside, follow CDC recommendations such as to stay home if you are sick, keep 6 feet of distance from others, avoid crowds of 10 people or more, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face. Please practice personal responsibility and take steps to protect your own and our community’s health. More recommendations from NRPA here.
We will post any closure information or important alerts on each greenway page itself.
Draw a picture of yourself enjoying your favorite outdoor activities on your favorite greenway
You can click here or on the image below to download the coloring page; print and get creative!
In February, crews set a new greenway bridge (no cars allowed) over Bayless Avenue. The 600 foot bridge, comprised of seven different segments, were lifted and set in place over a three day period.
The project will extend this paved, accessible greenway an additional two miles from Hoffmeister Avenue to connect the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail to the River Des Peres Greenway at River City Blvd. It will also have two neighborhood connections. When completed, you can walk or ride your bike and connect at Bayless Ave. or Tesson Street. You can also connect where the greenway meets River City Blvd. (Click below for a larger map).
Setting of New 600-foot Pedestrian Bridge for the Gravois Greenway Will Keep Bayless Avenue Open But Close Some Lanes and Ramps Temporarily
People who travel on Bayless Avenue between Avenue H and Union Road or to access Highway I‑55 should be aware of temporary lane restrictions scheduled for the week of February 17, 2020 to set a new greenway bridge. Use of alternate routes is recommended.
Beginning Tuesday February 18, traffic will be delayed or restricted so crews can install a pedestrian bridge as part of Great Rivers Greenway’s expansion. The 600-foot bridge is comprised of seven individual segments which will be lifted and set in place over a three day period. When complete, the paved greenway will extend an additional two miles from Hoffmeister Ave. to connect the Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) to the River Des Peres Greenway at River City Blvd.
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, crews will place three bridge segments north of Bayless Avenue; expect the following:
- Beginning at 9am, bridge segments will be off-loaded from the northbound I-55 on-ramp.
- The northbound I-55 on-ramp will remain open, but will be reduced in width; traffic may be temporarily delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
- Three segments will be delivered to the site and installed between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, crews will place two more bridge segments south of Bayless Avenue; expect the following:
- Beginning at 9am, bridge segments will be off-loaded from the northbound I-55 exit ramp onto Bayless Avenue.
- The Bayless Avenue exit ramp will remain open, but the exit ramp will be reduced in width and traffic may be temporarily delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
- Travelers turning east (right) from the I-55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue should consider alternate routes. During the delivery, all traffic turning east (right) from the I‑55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue will be delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
- Two segments will be delivered to the site and installed between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
On Thursday, February 20, 2020, crews will place the final two bridge segments over Bayless Avenue; expect the following:
- Beginning at 9am, crews will reduce Bayless Avenue to one travel lane in each direction between I-55 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The traffic signals at the intersection of Bayless Avenue and the highway on-ramp and exit ramp to and from northbound I-55 will be set to red flash.
- A traffic director will be present at all times to direct traffic through the intersection. People driving should follow the directions provided by the traffic director.
- East-west travel on Bayless Avenue will remain open but will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction. Delays are expected.
- For those driving larger-than-standard vehicles such as buses or semis:
- All bus or semi traffic turning east (right) from the I-55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue will be restricted. Use of an alternate route is required.
- All bus or semi traffic turning onto northbound I-55 from westbound Bayless Avenue will be restricted. Use of an alternate route is required.
“All project partners are working together to minimize inconvenience to the people who live, work and travel in this area,” said Lonny Boring, Great Rivers Greenway Senior Project Manager. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we set the bridge over this busy intersection. Once complete, greenway users will be able to walk, ride a bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair—all separated from the traffic below.”
All work is weather-permitting and could be shifted due to inclement weather or other delays. Greenway construction is expected to be complete in late spring 2020; community members are invited to a celebration on June 4. Stay tuned for details at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/events.
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Confluence Trash Bash, scheduled for March 21, has been postponed. Organizers are looking at options for rescheduling the event for later in the year. Stay tuned for details! (posted March 12, 2020)
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12th Annual cleanup of rivers and creeks within the Mississippi and Missouri River Confluence
Great Rivers Greenway, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Missouri American Water are proud to sponsor the 12th Annual Confluence Trash Bash, being held Saturday, March 21, 2020, (POSTPONED) from 8 a.m. to noon. Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, helping to improve the condition of our waterways. To date, volunteers have removed more than 150 tons of trash and about 6,500 tires from area streams and rivers.
Volunteers can choose from the following locations for check-in and a free bagel breakfast from 8-8:45 a.m.:
- Berkley City Hall, 8425 Airport Rd., Berkeley MO 63134
- Bridgeton Government Center, 12355 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton MO 63044
Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, Creve Coeur Lakehouse Restaurant, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Rd., St. Louis MO 63146FILLED
- Dellwood Recreation Center, 10266 West Florissant Ave., Dellwood MO 63136
Sunset Park, 2300 Sunset Park Drive, Florissant MO 63031FILLED
- Hanley Hills City Hall, 7713 Utica Dr., Hanley Hills MO 63133
- Mighty Rivers Center, 2709 Shackelford Rd., Florissant MO 63031
- University of Missouri – St. Louis CHERP Trailer, 2907 East Drive, St. Louis MO 63121
- White Birch Park, Disc Golf Course, 1186 Teson Rd. Hazelwood MO 63042
- North Riverfront Park, 10550 Riverview Dr., St. Louis MO 63137
- Wild Acres Park, 2500 Ashby Rd., Overland MO 63114
- Pagedale City Hall, 1420 Ferguson Ave., St. Louis MO 63133
Mosenthein Island with Missouri River Relief (on the water);check-in at North Riverfront Park,FILLED
Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near each of the starting locations.
“The Confluence Trash Bash is the perfect cleanup for seasoned volunteers and newcomers alike,” says Tom Schweiss, Great Rivers Greenway Conservation Program Manager. “This one-day event brings together people of all ages who are willing to work hard, have fun, and get a little bit muddy to improve water quality and wildlife habit. At the end of the day, it’s always rewarding to see how much trash we have removed from the waterways surrounding the Confluence in just three hours.”
All are welcome, and no experience is required. Individual volunteers, civic groups and youth organizations are encouraged to attend. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and gloves. Trash bags will be provided.
Partners on this event include St. Louis Audubon, Greenway Network, League of Watershed Guardians, St. Louis Brightside, St. Louis County, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri Stream Team. Participating municipalities include St. Louis County, cities of St. Louis, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland, Hanley Hills, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Jennings, Hazelwood, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Berkley, Dellwood, Jennings, Pagedale, and Town & Country.
The event is free, but pre-registration is preferred so Trash Bash organizers can coordinate cleanup sites.