Community Resources

Supporting Biodiversity Where We Live, Work and Play

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A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region

BiodiverseCity     St. Louis recognizes our region's reliance on biodiversity, the variety of life, and natural systems. We depend on biodiversity, not only for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, but also for the basic health, livability and economic prosperity of our region. 

Great Read

Gardening is a Verb – Cultivating Spaces that Nourish Heart and Soul (2015)
Selected Native Plant Essays of Cindy Gilberg, edited by Liz Fathman, with forward by Scott Woodbury

Cindy Gilberg, who passed away in July 2014, inspired and influenced hobby and professional gardeners for decades as proprietor of Gilberg Perennial Farms, as a contributor to Shaw Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden and the regional Rainscaping movement—and as a widely-read columnist. This full-color book, beautifully illustrated with Gilberg’s own garden designs, and both native plant and personal photos, invites readers to explore the pleasures of ecological gardening. Available for sale March 1 at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Gate Shop, Shaw Nature Reserve bookshop and other locations.

Book cover
Let's Map It!

Featuring the second longest (almost mile-long) cave in St. Louis County, Cliff Cave Park is not only a great hiking destination, but a trip back in time. Also known as Indian Cave, the park is buried under Mississippian limestone bedrock and considered a historic and archaeological site of significance. Its namesake cave is now gated to protect a local population of endangered Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) who live there. Listed in 1967, M. sodalis was one of the first species listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Clive Cave Park boasts three distinct trails popular with bikers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts: the 2.3-mile Spring Valley Trail, 5.1-mile Mississippi River Trail, and the 1.3-mile River Bluff Trail.

Download trail map
Link to Cliff Cave Park website

For more information on bats and bat monitoring locations in the St. Louis area, contact the Rivers Project at (636) 899-2600 or

Upcoming Events

February 13–16
2015 Great Backyard Bird Count

February 21
2015 Backyard Bird Festival

February 21
Gateway Greening 6th Annual Community Garden Summit

February 21
Eagle Watching Open House

February 28 – NOW SOLD OUT
Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop

April 29 – SAVE THE DATE
Wild Ideas Worth Sharing: Global Voices