Missouri River Relief Partners with Library to Encourage Families to Explore their Local Watershed

Missouri River Relief Partners with Library to Encourage Families to Explore their Local Watershed

As part of a partnership with Missouri River Relief, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River, Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City will offer families the opportunity to build an understanding of their local watershed while also learning ways to make a difference in their neighborhood. This program is called "Make a Difference in Your Watershed Week" and will include four virtual programs and one curbside pick up, offered from July 20-26th. This program will be hosted on  Missouri River Regional Library Virtual Programs for Kids Facebook page.

No matter where you live, you live in a watershed. A watershed is kind of like a bathtub. It's an area of land that drains to a single body of water such as a lake or river. Watersheds come in many different sizes. A few acres might drain into a small stream or wetland, or a few rivers might drain into a large river, like the Missouri River.  Kristen Schulte, the Education Director of Missouri River Relief, says, "We are all connected by watersheds, and now more than ever, we need connections during these times of isolation. "Make a Difference In Your Watershed Week” does exactly that!"

Details about how to participate in each of these exciting free programs can be found below:

Story Time: "Look Out for Litter" By Lisa Bullard: Earth has a litter problem. How can you help? Join Missouri River Relief to learn how little pieces of trash can become big problems and find out safe ways to take care of the litter.


Creek Clean-Up: Know Before You Go: We know you are itchin' to get outside, get muddy and make a difference in your watershed. But first there are some tips and tricks on things to know before you pick up litter along your favorite creek or in your neighborhood.  


Activity: How to Make a "Smoosh" Book: While you're at the creek, take time to draw or list the items you see in nature, including plants, animals and trash in your very own "Smoosh" book. This video will guide you step by step on how to make a "Smoosh" book with one piece of paper and scissors.


Creek Clean-Up: Curbside Supplies: We are here to support your Creek Clean-up efforts! So, come on by for a curbside pickup of trash bags, gloves, and a map and head outside to clean up the litter along your favorite creek or in your neighborhood.

  • Curbside Pick Up of Materials at the Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St, Jefferson City, MO 65101 from 9:00am-7:00pm on Thursday, July 23rd
  • To reserve supplies, complete this online form. https://bit.ly/CreekCleanUpCurbsideSupplies


Virtual Creek Clean-Up Celebration & Trash Contest: After you have completed your Creek Clean-Up, join us for a live celebration via Zoom. You will have the opportunity to share what you discovered and enter your treasures into our trash contest for a prize.