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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - May/June 2016 

The winner of the Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Craig Morton (right) by St. Charles County Parks Horticulture Specialist Joe Mikecin (left). Morton donated more than 200 hours of his time and talent to the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department.

Thank You Outstanding Volunteers

     As part of National Volunteer Week, the Parks Department recognized volunteers for their extraordinary service and dedication at Volunteer Appreciation Night. The celebration was held at the Lodge at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville on April 14. In 2015, more than 500 volunteers contributed 5,312 hours of donated time to the St. Charles County regional parks system.
     Among the attendees were organizations and individuals who were recognized with 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Awards in several categories. Carl Turek of O’Fallon received the Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award; Debbie and Virginia Polkinghorne received the Outstanding Family Volunteer Award; Craig Morton was presented with the Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award; Willows Way was honored with the Outstanding Group/Organization Volunteer Award; and Enterprise Holdings received the Outstanding Corporate/Business Volunteer Award. Bobb Holden and Patti Hawkins, Tim Wiegard, Diana Gores, Wendy Davis and the St. Charles County Police K-9 Unit were presented with Special Recognition Awards. Giving back to the community is what these outstanding volunteers like to do best and we are grateful for their support.
     Interested in becoming a park volunteer? Visit www.stccparks.org to learn about fun volunteer opportunities!     

Learn the benefits of trees in the community and our parks!     Or, manage and improve your own "urban forest." Analyze and assess the benefits of trees in your own backyard through i-Tree!

Learn About The Benefits Of Trees 

     Learn about the benefits of trees in our parks, or manage and improve your own "urban forest." Either way, new data collected by the Parks Department and a program called i-Tree allow you to see how trees impact our community!  
     With the help of a $25,000 Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant awarded by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Parks Department has been able to inventory the forests in our 3,174 acres of parks and gain extensive tree knowledge and data. This data is now available for public use. 
     Citizens also can learn about the environmental benefits trees provide using i-Tree software. This program, from the USDA Forest Service, allows residents and resource professionals the ability to analyze and assess the impacts of trees and to manage and improve their “urban forests.”
     For more information, contact St. Charles County Parks Natural Resource Supervisor Tony Peper at 636-949-7535 or email TPeper@sccmo.org.

Watch the Transit of Mercury in the daytime sky at Broemmelsiek park on Monday, May 9.

Watch The Transit Of Mercury 

     Join the Parks Department and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) to watch a very rare event in the daytime sky – the transit of Mercury across the sun, from 7 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Monday, May 9, at Broemmelsiek Park's Astronomy Viewing Area in Defiance. The special event occurs in the sky when the planet Mercury comes between the sun and the Earth, and Mercury is seen as a small black dot moving across the face of the sun.
     Since this event involves viewing the sun, extreme caution must be taken when attempting to observe the transit. The ASEM and Parks Department will provide the public with safe viewing opportunities throughout the event.
     A transit of Mercury is such a rare event that it only occurs 13 times in a century and won’t happen again until November 2019! 
     For more information about the transit of Mercury program, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

Camping cabins and tent camping sites are available for rental at Klondike Park in Augusta.

It's Camping Season!

     Make a camping reservation today! Nestled in Missouri's beautiful wine country are six cozy camping cabins and 41 tent camping sites for guests to reserve at Klondike Park in Augusta. Camping cabins are $65 per night and camp sites range from $7-$10 per night. 

     The sturdy cabins sleep up to 8 guests. They have a ceiling fan, light, electrical service, and an indoor table.
     Tent camping sites accommodate a maximum of two tents or five guests per location and feature a table and fire ring. Tent camping sites are also available for rent at Indian Camp Creek Park, but are designated for large youth-group activities.
     Reservations must be made by noon at least one day in advance. Guests may book a camping cabin or tent camping site online by visiting our website at www.stccparks.org or by calling the Parks reservation desk at (636) 949-7535.

A summer camp participant enrolled in the popular Park Explorer Kids Club program explores aquatic life in a St.  Charles County Park creek.

Fun Summer Camps For Kids

     Are you looking for a unique, affordable camp for your children this summer? The Parks Department has a variety of exciting summer camps scheduled at a park near you! Whether it’s a single-night campout, a day or week-long camp for nature, fishing, extreme sports or history, there are summer programs for children of all ages and interests.
     To register for any summer camp or program hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, visit our website at www.stccparks.org or call the Parks reservation desk at 636-949-7535. Space may be limited, so register early!
     For more information, or to learn about all of the programs scheduled for the year, check out the 2016 St. Charles County Parks Activity Guide on our website.

St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department Presents Free Movies in the Park.

Movies In The Park Series Is Back!

     Back by popular demand, the Parks Department's free "Movies in the Park" series brings the theatre outside! Watch stars perform under the stars on a giant outdoor inflatable screen at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park in St. Peters. Citizens can enjoy family-friendly movies once a month in May, June, September, and October.  
     “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” is the next feature to hit the big screen on Saturday, May 21; followed by “The Avengers: Age of Ultron on Saturday, June 18; “Ant Man” on Saturday, Sept. 17; and a double-feature of “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” on Saturday, Oct. 15. All movies begin at sunset, weather permitting. Popcorn is free; soda and candy are available for purchase. Moviegoers should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Guests are welcome to bring their own coolers and snacks, but glass bottles are not permitted.
     The series is sponsored by Renewal by AndersenFor more information about the free "Movie Nights in the Park" or other St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department programs, visit www.stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

Celebrate National Trails Day with a competitive 15 or 30 mile mountain bike race that starts at 7:45 p.m. & continues into the night!

Celebrate National Trails Day

     Celebrate National Trails Day with a competitive 15- or 30-mile mountain bike race or a 10K Trail Run on Saturday, June 4, at Indian Camp Creek Park
     Festivities begin at 7:45 p.m. with the Sunset Sizzler Mountain Bike Race and continue into the night! All riders must wear a helmet and have a 200 lumen light or greater to participate. Awards will be presented to top finishers in each category. After the mountain bike race, stick around and enjoy some live entertainment from 9 - 11 p.m.; food and drink will also be available to purchase. In addition, overnight camping is available and included in entry fee.
     The fun doesn't stop there! After the Sunset Sizzler ends, the Dark 2 Dawn Trail Run begins! This all-night 10K race begins at midnight and ends at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 5! All finishers will receive a custom pint glass; top male and female finishers will receive awards. 
     The race is sponsored by Renewal by AndersenFor more information or to register for the race or run, visit www.stccparks.org or call us at 636-949-7535.    

Enjoy good food, live music, and community fun at Heritage Museum.

Enjoy Music & Food In The Park

     Mark your calendar! Our Music and Food Truck Nights at the Museum are back on select Saturdays this year!
     On June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, and Sept. 24, bring the family out to the St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park in St. Peters for good food, live entertainment, and community fun! Food truck vendors begin selling their tasty fare at 5 p.m., and live music begins at 5:30 p.m. The festivities end at 8 p.m.  
     On June 25, Destination Desserts, Wayno’s Mobile International Cuisine, Highway Hibachi, and Andrew’s Bayou Ribs will be dishing out their finest. Brandon Salter will entertain the crowds with his fun musical performance.
     On July 23, Sarah's Cake Shop, Curbside Cookery, Pyro's Pizza and StlouisianaQ will be serving up their best, while the popular Green McDonough Band plays favorite blues tunes.
      Renewal by Andersen has returned as the event sponsor. For more information about food vendors and entertainment for the evening, contact the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

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