We’re Excited…

about this year’s Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival! Our list of participating organizations has grown considerably and we now have three speakers and two food vendors. Four different guided walks will be offered during the festival: birding, wildflowers, nature photography and Missouri medicinal plants. As an added bonus, John and Nancy Cable will offer a tour of their 30 acre remnant tall grass prairie at 3:00 pm on September 7th.

Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of St. Louis Audubon, will give a talk entitled “How to Build Your Own Bird Sanctuary”. Sarah Havens of the Phelps County University of Missouri Extension will talk about invasive plants and will have samples to examine. Colleen Smith of Turtle Earth Healing and Arts will give a presentation on Missouri Medicinal Plants.

The Root Cellar will be grilling Audubon Certified Grass Fed Beef burgers and Chris Wilson, Director of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program, will be available to talk about how to improve your forage and beef production. The Rolla Breakfast Rotary Club will have coffee, water and morning snacks to keep you hydrated and energized as you visit the booths and hike the trails.

Admission and parking are free. Take advantage of our two shuttle vans that will run from the I-44 and Hwy E commuter lot to Audubon Trails Nature Center. There will be a loading and unloading zone where you can store your purchases while enjoying the festival activities.

Check in often for further updates. We’ll post the schedule of events and a festival map in the next few weeks.

Festival Update

If you have already looked at the festival website, you might like to know that we have added some more organizations and an additional speaker.

The Rolla Bee Club will be present to answer questions about beekeeping and will be able to give you information about starting a hive of your own. Terry Osbourne, of Eagle Lake Organics, will set up a worm composting display and give a demonstration. There will be a booth with pollinator hotels on display, courtesy of the Phelps County Master Gardeners. Information about Stream Teams United and the Stream Team Program will be at the “Native Plants Protect Watersheds” booth. The Stream Teams participate in a lot of really neat and fun activities and always welcome new members. Be sure to check them out!

Sarah Havens will give a talk about invasive plants and will have plants for you to examine and get familiar with. Sarah is with our local University of Missouri Extension Office and I understand that her talk is very informative and helpful for native plant gardeners. Our schedule of events will be posted closer to the festival date.

Have a great summer and remember to check in often!


Plan on attending the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival at Audubon Trails Nature Center, 550 Meriweather Ct., Rolla, MO on September 7th, 2019! There will be lots of educational booths from nature and outdoors related organizations, birding, wildflower and nature photography walks, hummingbird banding, vendors and kids’ activities. Buy native plants from Doolittle Gardens!

The Planning has Begun


The festival committee is hard at work planning for this year’s festival. We are extending invitations to even more nature and outdoor-related organizations to make this event better than ever.

Doolittle Gardens is our native plant vendor. Their plants always look great and grow very well. Ned’s Nesting Boxes and Nature Mugs by Jim Rathert will be selling birding and bird related items. They can take care of your birthday and Christmas gift lists! Check in often to see our vendor updates.

Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of St. Louis Audubon, will talk about the importance of native plants for pollinators. He will also speak about the “Bring Conservation Home” program developed by St. Louis Audubon. Mitch was scheduled to give a presentation last year, but the festival was rained out by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabriel.

Max Alleger will talk about the Audubon Certified Grass-fed Beef program. If you aren’t already familiar with this program, be sure to hear his presentation! Max is employed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and has been working on grassland conservation and conserving grassland birds for many years. Our festival visitors may even be able to sample some of this truly delicious beef! More on this later.

There will be several activities to participate in during the day. Guided birding walks and wildflower walks will be offered, as well as a nature photography walk for our local shutterbugs. Lanny and Linda Chambers will once again do hummingbird banding. Kids’ activities include coloring for kids, face and stone painting.

Visitors may park in the I-44 commuter lot off Hwy. E and take one of our two shuttle vans to Audubon Trails. Limited parking is available along White Columns Drive and Meriweather Ct.

Be sure to mark September 7th on your calendar and tell your friends and family about this event!