Conservation Connection: Confluence Campout

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(KPLR) - There’s nothing that can get you out of a bind in the outdoors like a properly tied knot!  It’s amazing what you can do with a little rope.  Colleen Scott, Interpretive Center Manager from Columbia Bottom, showed John Fuller a couple useful knots, and talked about a campout event coming up later in the month were you can learn more.

Q.  What knots are you going to show us?

  • Square knot (demonstrate)
    • Used to tie two ends of a lint together to secure something
    • Also useful for tying bandages
    • Slip knot(demonstrate)
      • Used to attach a line to an object and tighten when tension is applied to the free end
      • Fisherman’s knot(demonstrate)
        • Used for joining 2 lines together


Q. So you mention that viewers can learn more at the Confluence Campout coming up later in the month.  Tell us about that.

  • Confluence Campout is Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29 at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake
  • Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and goes to 11:30 a.m. Sunday
  • A chance to campout overnight at the Confluence of North America’s 2 largest rivers!
  • A free family outing designed for beginning campers
  • Learn to set up a tent, cook camp food under the guidance of experienced staff


Q. What kinds of activities will you offer?

  • Rod and reel casting,
  • archery
  • knot tying
  • wildlife explorations


Q. How much does it cost?

  • The campout is free, but space is limited
  • Advanced registration is required
  • Call 314-877-6014 for a registration packet
  • Packets due back by September 13
  • Bring your own tent or barrow one of ours


Q.  Where is Columbia Bottom?

  • 3 miles north of the I-270/ Riverview exit in North St. Louis County
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