Willow Harvesting in George Winter Park
December 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a volunteer workday to harvest willow stakes at George Winter Park on the morning of Saturday, December 5th. The stakes will then be transported to Lower Meramec Park where they will be planted along the riverbank in the afternoon. To sign up for the planting event from 1 – 3pm, follow this link. Attendees can also learn about an exciting opportunity to become an Ambassador for the Community Stewardship Alliance program which will launch in 2021.
Online registration prior to the event is required. No walkups allowed. Please register at: willowharvesting.eventbrite.com
Willow staking is an innovative technique that helps stabilize eroding riverbank by providing a natural plant root system. Your efforts will help improve wildlife habitat in the park and stabilize the barren riverbank along this stretch.
Check-in and registration is at 9:45a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Goode Shelter at George Winter Park – 401 Allen Rd, Fenton, MO 63026.
Volunteers will install the willow stakes directly into the bank using a mallet. We highly recommend volunteers come dressed to get wet and muddy. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe waterproof boots.
COVID-19 Precautions: Space for this event is limited and registration is required. Social distancing must be observed throughout the entire event and face masks are required.
Please bring a filled water bottle to the event. Work gloves and some tools will be provided.
Special thanks to our partners Forest ReLeaf, Great Rivers Greenway District, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Master Naturalists Great Rivers Chapter, the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation, St. Louis Audubon Society, St. Louis County Parks, and Open Space Council members for their support!
Have questions on the day of the event? Call the Open Space Council at 314-835-9225.