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Trail of the week • Laumeier Sculpture Park trails

August 23, 2014

By Harry Jackson Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aug. 23--Add some art to your walk by visiting the sculpture park.

Where -- 12580 Rott Road.

How long -- A series of routes add up to about a 1.4-mile loop.

Surface -- Different sections in asphalt, wood chips and gravel.

Difficulty -- Easy, but the grounds have several staircases and gentle hills.

Can be used for -- Walking.

Hiker's journal -- A walk through the park will be distracting, but the artwork is engaging enough that you won't pay attention to your exercise. As with many trails, the areas away from the entrance are less traveled and lend themselves to more solitude. Often, the clusters of art will include benches or other places to sit. The exhibitions are regularly placed along the walkways. The Mound City exhibition ends Sunday. The park has wireless tours that can be run through electronic devices.

Wheelchair accessible -- On the asphalt sections, but steps could be a problem. Most areas are accessible if you find the right parking lot.

Parking -- Plenty of parking.

Dogs -- On leash outdoors and outdoors only.

Facilities -- At the main building.

Hours -- For the park, 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Check the website for museum and gallery hours.

More information -- Visit or call 314-615-5278.

Harvest Moon over the confluence

What -- Before the sun sets, the Harvest Moon rises over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Join a guided walk on the paved wooded path from the slough to the confluence to watch the rising Harvest Moon, then head back to the levee top to catch the last rays of the sun as it sets over the prairie.

When -- 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 7.

Where -- Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road. Meet at the slough parking lot "M" about 4 miles from the front gate.

Ages -- 6 years and older.

How much -- Free, but reservations required.

Reservations/more information -- 314-877-6014.

LaBarque Creek hike

What -- Hike through the diverse forests and sandstone bluffs of LaBarque Creek, among the new Conservation Areas and a designated Missouri Natural Area. Visit several small sandstone glades and outcrops exposed by intermittent streams.

When -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Where -- LaBarque Creek Conservation Area. From Eureka, take Highway 109 south to Route FF west, Route F south approximately 100 feet, Doc Sargent Road west and then Valley Drive south about 0.5 miles to the parking lot.

Ages -- Adults.

How long/difficulty -- 3 strenuous miles of forests with elevation changes, some steep.

How much -- Free, but reservations required. Call after Aug. 29.

Information/reservations -- Call Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood, 636-458-2236.

Project Feeder Watch

Great Backyard Bird Count

Sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, the sites keep records on birds around the world with the help of citizen scientists. The websites have instructions on how to accurately identify and count birds and places to enter your data. That will be mixed with input from people around the world.

The birdfeeder site asks that you build a bird feeder and during the winter count the birds that visit. It includes instructions on how to build a feeder fit for scientists.


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