Willow Staking with Open Space Council

March 9th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Open Space Council for a volunteer workday to install willow stakes on the degraded riverbank in Lower Meramec Park! Willow staking is an innovative technique that helps stabilize eroding riverbank by providing a natural plant root system. We’ll use the willow stakes we harvested from George Winter Park earlier in the week. (Learn more or sign up for that event here.) The stakes will be installed in the holes that we drilled beforehand (learn more about that event here. )

This is an excellent hands-on learning opportunity for conservation professionals, land owners, and members of the public interested in ways to combat erosion with natural plant solutions. Volunteers will install the willow stakes directly into the bank using a mallet. We highly recommend volunteers come dressed to get wet and muddy and bring their own rubber or wooden mallet if possible. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear close-toed waterproof boots.

Due to the terrain at the clean up site, we ask that all volunteers are at least 18 years old. Work gloves and some tools will be provided. In case of severe inclement weather, this event will be moved to Saturday, March 16th, 2019.

For planning purposes, all volunteers must pre-register here. Thank you!


Lower Meramec Park

Meet in the Lower Meramec Park parking lot.

6841 Holzer Park Rd.

St. Louis, Missouri 63128

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On street access

Not accessible via MetroBus

Not accessible via MetroLink

Ample parking in Lower Meramec Park