Nature Stream Hike July 29

News About Meadows Trail Hike & Charrette Creek Monitoring 

All are welcomed to join us at 10 am this Saturday morning, July 29, for a guided nature hike on the Meadows Trail as it meanders alongside the Charrette Creek just downstream of Lake Aspen.  Missouri Master Naturalists and Missouri Stream Team Volunteers Allison Volk and Leslie Limberg will guide us as we learn about local stream health, lake watershed protection, the impact of pollutants on macroinvertebrates, and how algae blooms happen. We will pause at several locations along the 1 mile hike with an option to step into the shallow waters of Charrette Creek for a closer look.

The Charrette Creek flows alongside the Meadows Trail

Of considerable timely importance is that we will learn how citizens can monitor the health of a stream like Charrette Creek which is recovering from an accidental sewage spill and fish kill that sadly occurred at Innsbrook over the July 4 holiday week. More information was reported in our local newspaper at Warren County News. We expect to share the latest test results from the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources and previously asked that Innsbrook Resort keep us informed as well.

During the hike we will hear what’s involved with creating a Volunteer Stream Team within the Village of Innsbrook to supplement the work of our Lakes of Missouri Monitoring volunteers. Consider bringing a student in the family who would like to participate in an earth sciences project for extra credit or add an eco-volunteer activity to their college application.

We will meet at the Meadows Trail Head along Meadow Valley Drive at 10 am. We suggest that you bring water, bug spray, a hat, camera, and wear hiking shoes, boots, or water sandals. A hiking stick is also recommended. The hike will take about 1.5 hours. There will be 2-3 strictly optional opportunities to step into Charrette Creek, but in water only ankle deep. Most of the hike will be on ground and in the shade, except for the walk at the end back along Meadow Valley Drive to the trail head, unless you return the way you came.

As this event is not an Innsbrook Resort sponsored hike, and we are an informal group of nature loving property owners, the decision to hike in hot weather and navigate any hazards along the trail or in the stream is at your discretion and responsibility. For questions please email info@ibknature.com or visit the Innsbrook Resort website page on the Meadows Trail at http://www.innsbrook-resort.com/recreation/nature-trails/meadows. Hope to see you there!

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