Community Resources

Supporting Biodiversity Where We Live, Work and Play

Click on an area below to connect with local biodiversity resources. Innovate, collaborate and create healthy biodiverse places and spaces where people and nature thrive.


While much is known about how basic natural ecosystems function, far less is known about how complex urban ecosystems function and how urban living is affecting the world’s biodiversity close to home and around the world. A great opportunity exists to blend the fields of natural sciences and social sciences to investigate 21st century questions about urban biodiversity.

Great read

Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life (2008), Stephen R. Kellert, Judith H. Heerwagen, and Martin L. Mador

Major Milestone

The Missouri Botanical Gardens recently completed the 3 volume Flora of Missouri, documenting for posterity 3,242 plants that can be found in Missouri, including over 2,000 native species. 

Become a citizen-scientist!

Help perform a species count by volunteering with the Academy of Science St. Louis’ BioBlitz program.

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

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (2014)
by Carolyn Finney

In this thought-provoking book by University of California, Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney, the topic of who should and can have access to natural spaces is critically examined through the lens of environmental history, cultural and race studies, and geography. With an eye on the future, the author highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns.
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North Riverfront Trail

North Riverfront Trail on the Confluence Greenway
This 11-mile trail for biking, walking, and running follows the Mississippi River starting at Biddle Street and heading north, ending at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, part of the legendary Route 66. The trail passes through the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing in North Riverfront Park, the first nationally designated Underground Railroad site in Missouri. Learn more

May 9
12th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration
On Saturday, May 9th, this site will come to life with a free festival of music, food and drinks for purchase, historic reenactments, and fun for all ages. Along with Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, a team from BiodiverseCity St. Louis will engage attendees about urban green spaces and invite event-goers of all ages to personalize native wildflower seed packets for Mother’s Day.