ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Did you know that wetlands support over 900 species of wildlife, many of them threatened or endangered, in addition to providing us with clean water and flood protection? Bring your children and find out more through hands-on activities and demonstrations at the 12th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day.
The 2010 Annual Wetlands for Kids Day, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited and supported by a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri.
“If you’ve never been to Wetlands for Kids Day, you’re missing a tremendous opportunity,” said Tom Shryock, Ducks Unlimited state chairman and Wetlands for Kids Day volunteer. “Hundreds of children discover the allure of the outdoors each year at this event, and this year will be even better.”
Over 20 demonstration and activity stations will be available to introduce children to various aspects of the natural world. Well trained experts man each learning station to instruct participants and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with retrievers, see live birds of prey, create wetland-themed artwork, explore a beaver lodge, learn to identify waterfowl and other birds, tie fishing flies, see and touch snakes, frogs and turtles and much more.
All children who register will receive a free Ducks Unlimited Greenwing membership, which includes a one-year subscription to the Puddler magazine, courtesy of the Monsanto Fund. Participants also take home a gift bag containing fun prizes, additional wetland and wildlife learning materials, and a tree to plant at home.
Ducks Unlimited and MDC encourage children and their families from all parts of the St. Louis region to attend. Scout troops, school groups and church groups are welcome. All children, regardless of their outdoor experience level, can learn something new at this event. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at the August A. Busch Conservation Area (636-441-4554).
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the Fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in three main areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at http://www.monsantofund.org/asp/welcome.asp.
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved nearly 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. Learn more at www.ducks.org