Our Partners


Our Work


Our Partners


Magnificent Missouri works with the following nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and companies to support conservation, economic development, and historic preservation efforts in communities along the Missouri River and Katy Trail.


Our partners contribute their ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support, and more to help 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.​


Stream Teams United

Magnificent Missouri partnered with Stream Teams United in 2016 to create the first “PaddleMO” experience – a five-day paddle event from Hermann to the Confluence celebrating the last 100 miles of the Missouri River. We continue to work with Stream Teams United on PaddleMO and other conservation events including honeysuckle removal along the river and Katy Trail.

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Show your love for Missouri streams when you drive with the Missouri Stream Team Personalized Specialty License Plate. Click the image below and get yours today!

Missouri State Parks

Magnificent Missouri and Missouri State Parks work together to plant native trees and prairies, remove honeysuckle and other invasive species, coordinate volunteer efforts, and plan special events throughout the corridor, consistent with the State Parks’ mission of “preserving and interpreting the state’s most outstanding natural landscapes and cultural landmarks.”

Missouri Botanical Garden

Magnificent Missouri and the Missouri Botanical Garden partner to promote and interpret the benefits of native prairies and best practices in biodiversity. We partner with the Garden’s BioDiverseCity “honeysuckle sweeps” in the spring and fall to engage people in removal of this invasive species along the Katy Trail.

Conservation Federation of Missouri

The Conservation Federation of Missouri is Magnificent Missouri’s legislative partner on critical issues for conservation throughout the river valley through advocacy, education, and partnerships.

CFM named Magnificent Missouri 2013 Conservation Organization of the Year

Missouri Humanities Council

Magnificent Missouri and the Missouri Humanities Council co-develop programs that highlight the cultural heritage of German immigration, agriculture, land, and building preservation. The partnership seeks to enrich lives and strengthen communities by connecting Missourians with the people, places, and ideas that shape our society.



Growing Up with the River Virtual Storytelling Event Series with MHC:

Our upcoming virtual storytelling event series with MHC is an outstanding example of the value of collaborating with partners beyond the traditional conservation world. Join us on a virtual storytelling journey that brings Growing Up with the River to life and invites families to connect with Missouri history, conservation, and culture through weekly interactive live programs with professional storytellers and special guests. Learn more & register here!

Forest ReLeaf

Magnificent Missouri and Forest ReLeaf partner on all things related to tree planting initiatives. Forest Releaf encourages planting native trees and enriching communities by restoring and sustaining forestry. We also actively promote and support Forest ReLeaf’s annual Tree Camp that provides experience and education about planting and caring for trees and other conservation subjects.

Learn More About Forest Releaf!

River Relief

Missouri River Relief’s mission to bring people to the river — with the common goal of improving it — is one we support wholeheartedly. Magnificent Missouri is a sponsor of their annual River Camp and Katy Trail experience. We work to help them achieve their mission of hands-on river clean-ups, education programs, and recreation.

World Bird Sanctuary

The World Bird Sanctuary serves as our go-to authority on birds indigenous to the river valley. The WBS has made frequent appearances at the Peers Store with eagles, crows, and other Missouri birds to acquaint visitors with these spectacular birds and the organization’s work.

Katy Land Trust

Founded by Dan and Connie Burkhardt, The Katy Land Trust is our sister organization focused on permanently protecting land near the Katy Trail for farming, forestry, and recreation uses.

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Ozark Land Trust & Great Rivers Land Trust

Magnificent Missouri has close working relationships with two accredited land trusts — Ozark Land Trust and Great Rivers Land Trust. Both accredited by the Land Trust Association, they work with us to educate landowners about how their land can be permanently protected from future development and stay forever in agricultural, forestry, or recreational use.

Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department

Located just up the road from our Conservation Outpost on the Katy Trail (the Peers Store), the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department has provided community support to our events since our first Treloar Elevator Party in 2011.

Warren CO-MO Old Threshers Assn.

We support the Warren County Missouri Old Threshers Association’s mission of “preserving the history of our agricultural heritage through our museum and our efforts in educating the public.” Warren CO-MO Old Threshers Association attends and supports our Treloar events, adding an extra element of appreciation for the importance of agriculture to the Missouri River Valley.

Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum has provided us a way to bring the Missouri countryside to the city. In 2018, we worked with them to create an exhibit in their History Clubhouse based on our book “Growing Up with the River.” They have also provided us with forums to present our books to their audience and to screen our Nine Network video production “Rivertowns.”

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center provides legal services for conservation-specific challenges that arise in our region including our objections to the Missouri Bluffs subdivision in St. Charles County adjacent to the Katy Trail and near conservation areas. 


Nine Network of Public Media

We have partnered with Channel 9 our PBS affiliate in St. Louis on numerous projects during the past 20 years. The Nine Network was instrumental in the formation of Magnificent Missouri in 2012 and has produced a variety of programming about the Missouri River valley. In 2018, we co-produced “Rivertowns” with them, a one-hour documentary based on our book “Growing Up with the River.”

DJM Ecological

DJM has provided support and expertise to create the Peers Prairie on four acres of land owned by Missouri State Parks, that was formerly unused. Today it is a place of beauty and biodiversity that draws pollinators and birds — along with visitors from around the world — to photograph, enjoy, and learn about native plants.

Trees, Forests and Landscapes

TFL has provided assistance in a variety of forms from advising on tree species to be planted to removing a dead, 100-year old elm tree at the Treloar Mercantile building that has become a carving of Missouri’s biggest ear of corn.

Pea Ridge Forest

Located just a few miles west of our Country Store Corridor is one of the Midwest’s leading tree farms. Pea Ridge specializes in trees native to the Missouri River valley and provides plant material that is not only beautiful but that is good for our environment.

Bryan Haynes

Bryan has worked with us in a variety of ways over many years providing his evocative images to decorate grain elevators, illustrate our books and convey the beauty of the river valley. We like to say that “Bryan paints the Missouri we want to conserve.”

Billyo O’Donnell

Billyo, one of America’s leading plein air artists, is a native of Warren County and grew up in the area that we seek to conserve. He has traveled the world teaching and painting but fortunately he always returns to us, to continue his work of capturing the landscapes of Missouri.