COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Mid-Mo. Uplanders Quail Forever Chapter, and A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia invite families to see nature at work at the golf course and help improve it by spreading native plant seed. The Youth Pollinator Habitat Program will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m. at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, 18 Stadium Blvd. in Columbia. The first 50 youths registered will receive a free Quail Forever hat.
The Youth Pollinator Habitat Program will offer children an opportunity to help spread native seeds and learn about the important role pollinators, such as butterflies, play in the environment. Attendees of all ages will see and learn about how pockets of native habitat that benefit a variety of native wildlife can fit into varied landscapes without impeding other land-use practices.
Over the past 20 years, staff at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course have worked to enhance natural communities on the course – restoring habitat for wildlife and pollinators. This work has made A.L. Gustin the first university golf course in the country to achieve full certification in water conservation, environmental planning, outreach and education, water quality management, integrated pest management, and wildlife and habitat management.
“Research shows that children who spend time outdoors are healthier, receive better grades, have longer attention spans, and are less prone to depression than children who spend most of their time indoors,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist Ryan Lueckenhoff. “This free, fun, family-friendly event is a great opportunity for families to get outside and discover nature.”
Registration is requested by Feb. 19. To register, contact Ryan Lueckenhoff at Ryan.Lueckenhoff@mdc.mo.gov, or (573) 875-5540, ext. 7.