April 17, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

St. Francois State Park hosts “Save the Bluebells” April 25

The second “Save the Bluebells” event will be held on Saturday, April 25 at St. Francois State Park in Bonne Terre. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event is open to the public. Participants should meet at the park amphitheater at 2 p.m.

The Virginia Bluebells that carpet the ground each spring bring many visitors to St. Francois State Park, but they are threatened by garlic mustard, an invasive plant species that has begun to move into the area. This plant produces toxins in its roots that keep other plants from growing. Last year, a group of scouts and park visitors pulled more than 500 pounds of this “alien” plant.

Participants will receive a certificate and a special snack made with the garlic mustard as a token of thanks. Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers wishing to wear gloves should bring a pair.

St. Francois State Park is located 4 miles north of Bonne Terre on Highway 67. For more information about the event, call St. Francois State Park at 573-358-2173. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.