Discovery backpacking program by the Conservation Department at Columbia Bottom

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Explore the 4,300 acres of Columbia Bottom conservation area in Spanish Late and create your own adventure with help from the Missouri Department of Conservation's new discovery backpoack loaner program.

Backpackers can discover the croplands, bottomland forest, wetlands, and prairies  of Missouri. There's even a confluence observation platfrom at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

"Visitors can check out the discovery packs for day use, " said naturalist Nicki Wheaton. "They contain information and items to aid in learning more aboutthe area's different habitats. Exploring the natural worlds of Columbia Bottom with a discovery backpack is an ideal summer activity and an excellent self-guided learning experience for individuals, families, and even scout troops."

Different discovery backpacks include:

  • Forest pack
  • Birding pack
  • Prarie pack
  • Wetland-Slough pack
  • Adventure pack

All packs contain field guides, binoculars, bug nets, and educational games. Additional items will vary on the theme of the backpack.

Check out a backpack at the Columbia Bottom visitor center. Open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information:
Columbia Bottom Visitor Center
801 Strodtman Road
St. Louis, MO 63138
Phone: 314-877-6021
Fax: 314-877-6021