Great Rivers Greenway is able to have a bigger impact when residents of the region are informed, excited and ready to act!
We engage volunteers directly on a number of projects, often working with partners, to get people out on the greenways and learn about conservation opportunities.
Groovin’ on the Greenways
Groovin’ on the Greenways is a series of free family events held on greenways across the region. Each event showcases the unique features and fun things to do on that particular greenway and attendees are encouraged to take part in conservation activities, including honeysuckle removal, native planting or trash cleanup. Other festivities include live music, a food truck, family-friendly activities.
Check out event calendar for upcoming Groovin’ on the Greenway opportunities!
Partner Events and Cleanups
Great Rivers Greenway is a committed partner on 3 annual events in our region that engage volunteers in conservation work.
Volunteers, young and old, help remove trash from their neighborhood parks and streams, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash.
- Confluence Trash Bash
This community-wide cleanup event engages volunteers in the stewardship of the rivers and streams in the Mississippi and Missouri watersheds in North St. Louis County and City.
- River des Peres Trash Bash
This is a large (500+) community-wide cleanup event to engage volunteers in the stewardship of the streams in the River des Peres watershed.
- Operation Clean Stream
Organized by the Open Space Council, this event is one of the country’s largest and longest running river restoration projects. The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails.