Magazine Education Resources
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Missouri Resources - Summer 2015 Feature Stories
Get outside and enjoy the Katy Trail during our 25th year anniversary, or hike other trails or parks while participating in the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles. Did you know that classrooms, clubs, organizations and teams can sign up on the Group Directory page to log their Missouri Miles? Share your journey and compare your progress with one or more user groups participating in the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles.
Visit the Katy Trail 25th Anniversary Web page at: http://mostateparks.com/kt25
Visit the Group Directory at: https://100missourimiles.com/groups/directory
Missouri's Mineral Springs
- Many of the highly mineralized springs of Missouri played a major role in the settlement and economic development of the state because they were believed to have calming and healing potential. Why do you think the public interest in mineral springs escalated during the latter half of the 1800s?
In the late 1800s, post-war reconstruction started and the Industrial Revolution began in earnest. This meant that many people were working stressful jobs in urban factories, making the desire to relax in nature very appealing. Today, we have our own stressors from our daily lives, and getting into nature is still a popular “cure”. Watching the tranquil beauty of a sunset from high atop a hill, hiking in the woods and quietly canoeing on a river or lake were, and still are, great therapy for relieving anxiety.
- Who were some of the most influential authors of this time period and what did they write about that may have prompted people to visit Missouri’s mineral springs?
Two of the more influential authors of this time period were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Their writings urged people to escape modern civilization by retreating to nature. This made the mineralized springs with their healing properties very inviting.
- In relation to mineral springs, how do you think the following places in Missouri got their names?: Licking, Knob Lick, Loutre Lick and Boone’s Lick. A great activity would be to research each of these places and find out how they got their names. Below you will find links to Missouri State Parks located near to these places.
These are places that had mineralized salt licks or springs located nearby that deer and buffalo would use. These were also great places to hunt, and later great places for grazing livestock.
State parks and historic sites located near these places include:
Montauk State Park near Licking: http://mostateparks.com/park/montauk-state-park
Hawn State Park near Knob Lick: ttp://mostateparks.com/park/hawn-state-park
Graham Cave State Park near Loutre Lick: http://www.mostateparks.com/park/graham-cave-state-park
Boone’s Lick State Historic Site near Arrow Rock: https://mostateparks.com/park/boones-lick-state-historic-site
For more information on Missouri Springs go to: http://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub656.pdf
Fishing with the Current
After reading about fish tissue sampling you might ask, “How much fish should I eat?” This is a very good question! On one hand, you hear about the benefits of omega-3 fish oils and fish being good for you. On the other, you hear that you are not supposed to eat too much of certain kinds of fish. How can something that is supposed to be good for you be harmful to your health? Well, some species of fish bioaccumulate pollutants like the toxic substance mercury. That means that these species accumulate the mercury from the creatures they eat over their lifetime. As a predator at the top of the food chain, we humans could possibly bioaccumulate mercury accumulated by the fish. For activities, lesson plans, and information concerning fish advisories and mercury, follow the links below.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: A fun and educational Fish Advisory Activity Book.
Mercury Bioaccumulation Tag is a middle school level outdoor activity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This active lesson helps students learn the concept of how mercury bioaccumulates in an organism and magnifies in a food chain.
This link includes thorough high school level lessons and activities. http://www.epa.gov/region7/mercury/pdf/high_school_activities.pdf
Missouri Fish Advisory: http://health.mo.gov/living/environment/fishadvisory/index.php
Missouri Department of Natural Resources fact sheet: http://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2100.htm