September 22, 2018
Celebrate something we all share: our Public Lands. Learn more


Indian PaintbrushThe Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series, held in collaboration with the Academy of Science St. Louis, offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region and world. A diversity of people share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region and around the world, and challenge us to wildly rethink how we live, work and play.

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the 100+ organizations within its network, the Wild Ideas series returns in 2019 with a line-up of local and global perspectives on how cities, communities and entire cultures can live in ways that enable a greater diversity of life to survive and thrive:

November 14, 2019, 6–8 p.m.

Invasive Species Solutions: When science, policy, and stewardship converge

Our local lands and waters—and the life they support—are among our region’s most valuable assets. These special places face many threats, including the problematic spread of invasive species. In recent years, the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of organizations and individuals have joined forces to activate the region in tackling this problem hands-on, through the Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitats citizen stewardship campaign. This campaign occurs March 1–31 and November 1–30 each year. As part of the November campaign, a trio of field experts have been invited to St. Louis to share the science of invasion biology, underscore the urgent need to manage existing and emerging invasive species, highlight the role citizens can play in changing policy to preserve biodiversity, and how sustained stewardship can restore and heal landscapes and whole communities.

Dr. Ryan McEwan Dr. Ryan McEwan, University of Dayton
Amur honeysuckle: What can we learn about the “rules” of nature from a plant that breaks them all?
Amur honeysuckle seems to always win. It wins in the forest, in the road-side ditch, and in the edge of the agricultural field. If you are not careful, it will win your backyard. In this talk, Dr. Ryan McEwan will share the science behind why this plant wins all the time, and what that means for forests, streams, and future ecosystems where all the rules have changed.

Dr. Theresa CulleyDr. Theresa Culley, University of Cincinnati
Stopping plant invasions by starting with ourselves
The Callery pear is a perfect example of a perfect storm of gardening fervor, widespread commercialization, and prodigious fruit set, all triggered by human desires and tastes. We are all part of the problem, so we must be part of the solution. Dr. Culley will share how she is using science and data to engage policy-makers and build political and cultural will around preserving biodiversity.

Stephen PackardStephen Packard, Woods and Prairies Foundation
Celebrating invasive control and the recovery of rare species
In many cases, it took decades, changes of tactics, and the work of good numbers of dedicated, creative, spirited people. Renowned conservationist and ecological restoration practitioner, Stephen Packard, shares stories of failures and dramatic successes in the fight to restore growing populations of endangered and threatened plants, and the wildlife dependent on them.

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Visitor Center - Shoenberg Theater
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Free event, but registration required.

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Sponsored by the Albers/Kuhn Family Foundation

Presented by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Shaw Nature Reserve.

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Chartered in 1856, The Academy of Science of St. Louis is an independent science organization dedicated to advancing the public understanding of science and promoting interest in the sciences to students and adults through accessible, year-round seminars and educational initiatives.

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BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a growing network of organizations and individuals throughout the greater St. Louis region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities.


May 24, 2017; 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis
Increasing multi-cultural connections & opportunities
Featured speakers:

Carlotta Lewis | Missouri State Parks
Urban Connections: Your Adventure Starts Here
Carlotta Lewis is a Park Operations and Planning Specialist in the St. Louis Area Outreach office of Missouri State Parks where she organizes and manages urban outreach programs offering recreational diversity for groups in the metropolitan area.
 Carlotta Lewis 
Nick Speed | EarthDance Organic Farms
Cultivating Environmental & Food Justice
Through his AmeriCorps service, Nick discovered a passion for community engagement, especially with youth. Reflecting on that experience, he will share how environmental stewardship and food access can empower the next generation.
 Nick Speed 
Joel Walker | International Institute Global Farms
Reconnecting Refugees to Farming Traditions in the Urban Environment 
Joel Walker holds a B.S. in Ecological Horticulture. With more than 35 years in the field, his experience includes service with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, where he worked training local farmers in agriculture, agroforestry, and HIV/Aids awareness.
 Joel Walker 
Romanda Walker | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Diversity & Inclusion in the Great Outdoors
Romanda L. Walker was named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian Journalist of the Year. She is also the creator of the video “Rolling into Riverlands,” where she highlighted how public lands can be accessible to everyone. Mrs. Walker serves as a mentor and tutor to high school and college students with and without disabilities. She travels the state and country educating many about disability awareness.
 Romanda Walker 

Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Academy of Science of St. Louis and Missouri State Parks
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center, 4500 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis
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