St. Joseph Missouri River Cleanup 2024

166
Volunteers
5
Tons of Trash
2
Tons of Tires

French Bottom River Access
St. Joseph, Missouri
Saturday, May 18, 2024

Missouri River Relief is hosting a large-scale river cleanup out of St. Joseph! Our return has been long overdue - check out our results from the 2014 St. Joseph Missouri River Cleanup! We'll be working with communities in the St. Joseph area to clean up their reach of the Missouri River out of the French Bottom river access, just upstream of the Remington Nature Center.  Join us for a day of stewardship on the Missouri River! Scroll down for more information on what to expect.

Look back at our 2013 Glasgow Cleanup on our Flickr album!

Cleanup Details

Cleanup Headquarters
French Bottom River Access
1502 McArthur Dr, St Joseph, MO 64505

Saturday, May 18, 2024
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and volunteers will return to the boat ramp anywhere from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Registration Opens March 18th

Additional Opportunity - Brand Audit

Our partners from Missouri River Bird Observatory will be leading a brand audit following the river cleanup with the trash YOU collect from the Missouri River! After you enjoy your lunch, you can join this effort! The data gathered goes into a larger report to identify the world's top polluting corporations - Read more about our efforts here. 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE BRAND AUDIT! 

Volunteer Information

What to bring

Dress in layers for changing weather conditions and prepare for cold weather. We will be there rain or shine! Wear work-appropriate clothing. Long pants are strongly recommended. Sturdy shoes or boots are required; no flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed on boats. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle and snacks to tide you over until lunch. Always expect muddy conditions.

What you get

Volunteers will receive a free Big Muddy boat ride, cool t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, life jackets, and a reusable water bottle. Lunch will be provided and will be waiting for you when you get back to the boat ramp between 11:30 - 12:30.

Come prepared

Check out our Know Before You Go page to see answers to frequently asked questions and what to expect.

If you are bringing a child under 18 you are not the legal guardian of, make sure to download, print and obtain a signature on our minor risk release form. Adults and minor accompanied by legal guardians will sign risk release forms during on-site registration.

Everyone is Welcome - Our cleanups aren’t just for picking up trash, they’re also for helping people connect with the Missouri River. We strive to be as accommodating as we can for all our volunteers within the space we are working out of. The cleanups provide safe ways to capture people’s natural curiosity of the River while helping protect the natural environment around them. After the cleanup portion of the event, we also have our engaging event extras.

What's next

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Two weeks before the cleanup you will receive an email from us with some additional information. The week of the cleanup you will receive an additional email from us with any additional information you need to know, including weather and river conditions. If you are not receiving emails from us, make sure to check your junk folder.

Event Extras

When you return to the boat ramp, MRR has a handful of activities you can participate in:

Trash Contest - make sure to bring your best trash find back with you to compete for a prize. Get creative! You and others will put your finds up against each other and the crowd will decide which one is the best. There will be numerous prizes. 

Missouri River Explorer Badge Program - designed for ages 5 to 18. The badge is gained upon the completion of the Activity Card, which includes participation in activities and events that fall under the three tenets of the river. Explore, Learn and Protect. Stop by the booth to earn your badge!

Clean Rivers Start at Home - stop by our new table to learn about how YOU can stop the flow of trash into the Missouri River. While you’re there, you can try your hand at matching single use plastics with their reusable alternatives. Hopefully you’ll leave with new ideas about how to reduce single use plastics in your home and daily life.  

Directions

French Bottom River Access

From Kansas City:

  • Merge onto I-70 W
  • Continue onto US-71 N/U. S. Hwy 71 N (signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines)
  • Keep leftat the fork to continue on I-29 N/US-71 N, follow signs for Interstate 29 N/St Joseph
  • Take the exit toward I-229 N
  • Take exit 4toward E Lake Blvd
  • Turn leftonto E Lake Blvd
  • Turn rightonto S 6th St
  • Slight rightto merge onto I-229 N/US-59 N toward US-36 N
  • Take exit 7for Highland Ave
  • Turn leftonto W Highland Ave
  • Turn rightonto McArthur Dr/Rte Oo
  • Follow the MRR signs!

From Columbia:

  • Get on I-70 W/US-40 W in Missouri Township from N Providence Rd
  • Merge onto I-70 W/US-40 W
  • Keep rightat the fork to stay on I-70 W, follow signs for Interstate 70 W/Interstate 29 N/Interstate 35 N/US 71 N/St Joseph/Des Moines
  • Continue onto US-71 N/ S. Hwy 71 N(signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines)
  • Keep leftat the fork to continue on I-29 N/US-71 N, follow signs for Interstate 29 N/St Joseph
  • Take the exit toward I-229 N
  • Take exit 4toward E Lake Blvd
  • Turn leftonto E Lake Blvd
  • Turn rightonto S 6th St
  • Slight rightto merge onto I-229 N/US-59 N toward US-36 N
  • Take exit 7for Highland Ave
  • Turn leftonto W Highland Ave
  • Turn rightonto McArthur Dr/Rte Oo
  • Follow the MRR signs!

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

View our Sponsorship Brochure for details on what your support will include!

Contact Lisa Cole to become a sponsor of this event

"Captain" Event Sponsors

"Pilot" Event Sponsor

Missouri American Water

"Engineer" Event Sponsor

Missouri Department of Conservation

"Deckhand" Event Sponsor

Your logo could be here!

In-Kind Sponsors

Event Partners

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