A Little Chubby at the Creek by Kevin Mouser

Are you a fisherman or fisherwoman? Do you spend time down at the creek tossing stones or maybe watching your kids frolic in the cool water on these too hot days? Maybe you enjoy the “Lazy River” approach and load nine of your closest friends into a rubber raft along with coolers, speakers, and a big screen T.V. for a day long float.  Whichever way you enjoy the streams and rivers of Southwest Missouri, I am here to tell you that you might be missing out on something, and I need your help to keep it going.

Posted on July 24, 2017 .


t has been said that nature is comparable to the arts… to truly appreciate or ignite a continuing lifelong pursuit of understanding the arts, we must start with the pretty.  Perhaps to understand the process of the art’s inspiration or the intricate life assemblages in each ecosystem, they too have a common core by the need for study beyond the “pretty”.

Posted on June 6, 2017 .

A Romp in the Ozarks by Kevin Mouser

Before the water in the streams and rivers warms enough to attract the flotillas of music and fermented beverages and just after the turtles emerge from their mysterious winter homes still covered in a second shell of grit and mud a little known and rarely seen ritual begins to play out in the fastest stretches of our aqueous, summer playgrounds.

Posted on April 20, 2017 .

OH FORSYTHIA! A Lesson in the Science of Life by Ann Butts

Very few people pick yellow as their favorite color, but I find I cannot live without it.  After all, yellow is the color of the sun, and we cannot live without the sun. But, actually all this talk about yellow and forsythia bushes is really to give me a reason to talk about another subject near to my heart – pollinators.

Posted on March 24, 2017 .


Our own Karen Richardson, Chert Glade Master Naturalist, received the Educator of the Year award for 2016. Karen's achievements in the areas of pollinators and monarch butterflies is exceptional, and along with many other associated conservationist activities, put her in the spotlight in SW Missouri.

Posted on March 14, 2017 .


Foxes are winter active and non-migratory.  Courtship begins soon, so start watching for mating foxes.  You may just have an opportunity to observe them romping, playing and chasing each other!

Posted on February 22, 2017 .


The Chert Glade Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalist, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the City of Stella will welcome eagle watchers to the small town of Stella, Missouri January 28th to observe eagles, our national emblem, in their natural habitat. 

Posted on January 13, 2017 .