About Magnificent Missouri
“We believe in conservation by story-telling. The story we are telling is about the Missouri River Valley west of St. Louis. The last 100 miles of the Missouri River — from Hermann to its Confluence with the Mississippi — is overflowing with cultural and natural history. By engaging people in many different dimensions of the river valley, we think they will want to conserve and protect the farms, rivers, trails and parks that make up its historic landscape.”
~ Dan Burkhardt
Experience, Connect and Conserve the Beautiful Landscape and Rich History of the Missouri River Valley
Our mission is to conserve and increase appreciation of the Katy Trail and the last 100 miles of the Missouri River Valley — as a premier regional asset — through education, events, and collaborative projects.
Building on the investment and land conservation efforts of the Katy Land Trust, Magnificent Missouri supports conservation, economic development, and historic preservation efforts in communities along the Missouri River and Katy Trail in St. Louis, St. Charles, Montgomery, Warren, Gasconade, and Franklin counties.
John McPheeters and Dan Burkhardt, co-founders of Magnificent Missouri
“People think often conservation is just for hunters or fishermen, but it’s not. It’s for anyone who enjoys a drive in the country or a winery or locally grown food. The land can’t take care of itself. It needs people to care for it.”
~ Dan Burkhardt
What We Do
We strive to connect all Missourians to the landscape along the Missouri River and the Katy Trail west of St. Louis by creating experiences that draw people out and make them more aware of the need to conserve this remarkable region. Missouri’s water, agricultural resources and natural scenic beauty are some of the state’s greatest assets. We believe that if we truly understand the value of these assets, we will be motivated to conserve them for future generations of Missourians. That is why we engage people through events and strategic partnerships with conservation organizations.
From the outset, Magnificent Missouri has focused on conserving and advocating for the last 100 miles of the Missouri River Valley. From St. Louis to Hermann, this unique corridor includes the confluence of our two greatest American rivers; the beginning of the Katy Trail, the country’s longest bike path; and the first American Viticultural Area in Augusta, Missouri.
Within this 100 miles, Magnificent Missouri has recently focused on the Country Store Corridor – with Peers Store on one end and the Treloar Mercantile on the other – and an easy 3.6 miles of Katy Trail in between! Peers Store has emerged as doorway into this beautiful region and a familiar entry point for our conservation work. It’s also simply a fun place to stop along the Katy Trail for a cold drink, live bluegrass music, and friendly faces.
Our Books and Documentary
From The National Wildlife Federation
Wildlife Champions Dan and Connie Burkhardt Honored with National Conservation Leadership Award
“Both organizations work to connect Missourians to the value of the landscape along the Missouri River and the Katy Trail west of St. Louis. They have published books and magazines, saved historic buildings, created artwork, sponsored bluegrass music, created campaigns to eliminate invasive species, planted trees and hosted countless events — all to introduce non-conservationists to conservation. They have also placed a conservation easement on their 220-acre family farm in the Missouri River Valley.”