Missouri Humanities Council awards grant for “Discovering River Towns with Paddle MO – Ozark Hills to St. Joe”
The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $4,853 to the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition in support of the project “Discovering River Towns with Paddle MO – Ozark Hills to St. Joe”. The MHC is the only state wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
The inaugural Paddle MO Ozarks program will be held October 12-14, 2019. Paddle MO Ozarks is an educational journey down 22 miles of the Current River, beginning at Cedar Grove and ending at Current River State Park. Participants travel by canoe or kayak over three days. Along the way, participants stop at river sites where historical and scientific experts share about the history, culture, and ecology of the river. Pre-registration is required. Lead river guides include professional canoe instructors and educators from Earth’s Classroom.
Paddle MO is hosted by the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition (D/B/A Stream Teams United), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 that promotes the stewardship of streams in Missouri and brings together 21 volunteer Stream Team Associations from across the state. Paddle MO Ozarks sponsors, grantors, and partners also include the L-A-D Foundation, the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s David Risberg Memorial Affiliate Grant, the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and Current River State Park.
The inaugural Paddle MO journey was hosted in 2016 and has consisted of a 5-day, 100-mile journey between Hermann, Missouri and the confluence of the Mississippi River. Through support from the Missouri Humanities Council grant award, Stream Teams United will evaluate and plan for a future Paddle MO trip on the Missouri River between St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri. For more information about Paddle MO, visit https://www.paddlemo.org/, call 573-586-0747, or write to Stream Teams United at PO Box 483, Shelbina, MO 63468.
For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314-781-9660 or 800-357-0909 or write to the MHC, 415 S. 18th Street, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63103-2269.