Take A Cool Hike This Hot Summer
Join us at 10 am on Saturday, July 29, for our second IBK Nature Chautauqua event of the summer: a guided nature hike along the Meadows Trail and Charrette Creek. Along the 1 mile hike we will stop several times to learn about stream ecology with an option to step into the shallow waters of Charrette Creek. Missouri Master Naturalists and Missouri Stream Team volunteers Allison Volk and Leslie Limberg will help us to learn about local stream health, lake watershed protection, the impact of pollutants on macroinvertebrates, and how algae blooms happen.
Of great timely importance is that we will also learn how citizens can monitor the health of a stream like Charrette Creek which is recovering from an accidental sewage spill and fish kill as sadly occurred at Innsbrook over the July 4 holiday week. (More information was reported in our local news Warren County News.) We will also hear what’s involved with creating a volunteer Stream Team within IBK to supplement the work of our Lakes of Missouri Monitoring volunteers. Let us know if you have a student in the family that would like to participate in an earth science project for extra credit or to add an eco-volunteer activity to their college application.
We will meet at the Meadows Trail Head along Meadow Valley Drive at 10 am. Bring water, bug spray, your camera, and wear hiking shoes, boots, or 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 the Charrette Creek, but in water only just above ankle deep. Most of the hike will be on ground and in the shade, except for the walk back along Meadow Valley Drive to the trail head, or you can always return the way you came. As this event is not a Innsbrook Resort sponsored hike, and we are an informal group of nature loving property owners, the decision to hike and navigate any hazards along the trail is at your discretion and responsibility.
Charrette Creek Flowing Outside of Innsbrook
Later this year we hope to organize a field trip to follow the Charrette Creek outside of IBK as it flows south through Warren County and eventually into the Missouri River. It’s a trip worth taking for the scenic views, low water crossings, rock bluffs and natural springs….but you will need a rugged vehicle to do it. To see why check out Don Session’s blog with photos at Don Session Blog.
For those less adventurous you can try a short hike along the North Fork of the Charrette Creek in nearby Reifsnider State Forest just immediately to the west of IBK. Be sure to try the Lizard Rock Hiking Trail as it meanders along the creek and some amazing rock formations. More information with maps at: MDC Reifsnider State Forest.