Reach Out and Touch Someone

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Published on: Nov. 2, 1996

Last revision: Oct. 25, 2010

such as ospreys, eagles, peregrine falcons and barn owls. Foresters use volunteers to fight fires, plant and manage trees and design and build hiking and nature trails.

Many other conservation organizations, both private and public, use volunteers. The Wild Bird Rehabilitation and World Bird Sanctuary in St Louis uses volunteers to help rehabilitate injured birds, present programs on birds and even help with such mundane tasks as the care and feeding of convalescing birds.

All major zoos in Missouri also use volunteers, which they call "docents." According to the Heritage Dictionary, a docent is a lecturer or tour guide in a museum or cathedral. The Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world's premier flora displays, has volunteers to help manage their programs. Conservation organizations, like Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers, and Audubon, greenway groups and state parks use volunteers to teach fishing, build fish habitat in trout streams, identify and count birds and butterflies and build trails.

The list could go on. Opportunities to volunteer to work in the out doors in Missouri are many and varied.

Back at Spring Creek, I considered my wound. "Lets do it here." I responded, wiping dried blood off my nose.

Dr. Brooks took five stitches, and Sullivan bandaged my head so that I looked like a pirate. Then, I returned to moving rocks to be used for fish habitat.

It doesn't require any special qualifications or training to become a volunteer, only a willingness to become involved and the motivation to seek out opportunities. triangle


  • Missouri Department of Conservation, 2901 West Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, 65109 ((573) 751-4115)
  • Runge Conservation Nature Center, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City 65109 ((573) 525-5544)
  • Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd, Kirkwood 63122 ((314) 821-8442)
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4600 S. Chrisman, Springfield 65804 ((417) 882-4237)
  • Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd., Blue Springs 64015 ((816) 228-9243)
  • August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D, St. Charles 63304 ((314) 441-4554)
  • James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, 13101 Ranson Rd., Lee's Summit 64081 ((816) 524-1656)
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri (Stream Teams), 728 W. Main St., Jefferson City 65101 ((573) 634-2322)
  • Tyson Research Center, P.O. Box 258, Eureka 63025 ((314) 935-8430)
  • Wild Bird Rehabilitation, 10040 Big Bend, St. Louis 63126 ((314) 984 9116)
  • World Bird Sanctuary, P.O. Box 270270, St. Louis 63127 ((314) 938-6193)
  • Wild Canid Survival & Research Center, P.O. Box 760, Eureka 63025 ((314) 938-5900)
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City 65102 ((573) 751 5382)
  • St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St Louis 63110 ((314) 781-0900)
  • Kansas City Zoo, 6700 Zoo Dr., Kansas City 64132 ((816) 871-5700)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw, St Louis 63110 ((314) 577-51-87)
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways, P.O. Box 490, Van Buren 63065 ((314) 323-4236)
  • Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Rd., Rolla 65401 ((314) 344 7485)
  • Mid-Missouri Chapter Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 10285, Columbia, 65205

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