Get in touch with nature on Troost

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center.

Troost Avenue next month becomes a place for nature and outdoor activities.

You can shoot arrows, throw darts with the atlatl like ancient ancestors did, or do much more at the Heritage Day festival on May 4.

The Missouri Department of Conservation sponsors the event at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave.

Free nature and outdoor activities will go on from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers and staffers will help with things like archery, fire starting, orienteering, and writing with quill ink pens.

There will be talks about edible wild plants, wild game, and plants encountered in the area by Lewis and Clark.

Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen of the Shortleaf Band will play traditional acoustic music, and storyteller Molly Postlewait will give a presentation of the Underground Railroad during the civil war.

Visitors can also explore an extensive outdoor garden that features native plants. Virginia bluebells are blooming in the woodland section and prairie plants are coming up in that area.


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