Visit Springfield’s Hidden Nature Gem on May 29

WC-APO-WCO-ALT-text-colorActivities: Tour the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Watershed Center and learn how to build for balanced ecology.
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place: C. W. Titus Educational Facility at Valley Mill Park, 2400 E Valley Watermill Rd, Springfield, MO

What to expect: Join Watershed Committee of the Ozarks for a casual evening tour of its three-year-old LEED Gold education facility and outdoor trails. Staff will discuss the building’s green design and showcase best management practices for reducing stormwater runoff (hint: if you’re intrigued by “living walls,” “silt sock erosion tubes,” and constructed wetlands, this is the tour for YOU).

Pop into the Center, explore two whole acres of BMPs and low-impact design features, or have an adventure on a 1.5-mile trail that takes you around a bee-yoo-ti-ful lake.

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This 100-acre parcel is of great geologic and historic interest. It contains a prominent fault zone where streams sink into underground channels. It was the site of a grist mill before the Civil War, and it contains a wide variety of natural and man-made features, including a seventeen-acre lake, wetlands, spring-fed stream, caves, sinkholes, glades and forests. You can click around on this sweet interpretive map, but it’s certainly no replacement for an in-person tour!

Watershed Committee of the Ozarks is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region’s watersheds. Learn more here.

What to bring: Your curiosity! Your camera! Your fishing pole! And, if you’re inclined to dine in a picturesque scene, perhaps you might pack a nice picnic dinner.

Directions:

For more information or to register: contact Rob Hunt at (417) 833-8525 or email rob@watershedco​mittee.org.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-Final(white-center)The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks tour is part of “25 Days of Stream Team,” which includes many tours, litter pickups, education events, and a three-day float. You can get a passport stamped at each official event to win fame and prizes, like a Stream Team lunch cooler or personal flycasting lessons with none other than Mark Van Patten.

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