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Get to know your local watershed

“No matter where you live, you live in a watershed.”

In a press statement, the St. Charles City-County Library, explains: “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.”

As part of a partnership with Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River, the Library is offering families the opportunity to learn more about their local watershed and make a difference in their neighborhood.

Dardenne Creek [City of St. Peters photo]

“Make a Difference in Your Watershed Month” will include four virtual programs on Mondays at 2 p.m. Aug. 10-31 on the St. Charles City-County Library Facebook page.

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.

● Video Posted on St. Charles City-County Library Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

Creek Clean-Up: Know Before You Go with LIVE Q&A: 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.

● Video Posted on St. Charles City-County Library Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. with live Q&A.

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.

● Video Posted on St. Charles City-County Library Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.

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.

o Video Posted on St. Charles City-County Library Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.

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