Camdenton Farmers Market Booth

The Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program sponsors an educational booth at the Camdenton Farmers Market every 3rd Saturday in the summer. Bonnie White is the organizer and contract for this activity. Volunteers to help plan future events or to help at the market are welcome.

The Camdenton Farmers Market is on Saturdays, May thru October, from 7:00 AM until 12-Noon. The market is at the intersection of Hwys. 5 & 54 by the courthouse.

Saturday May 17 - Invasive Plant Species

Invasive plants are non-native species that spread aggressively causing major changes to the areas where they have been introduced. Once established they can be difficult to control and often imposible to eliminate. These plants can completely take over an ecosystem to the detriment of the plants that are crowded out, and to the insects birds and animals that depend on the native plants for food and shelter.
  • Invasive plant species that are a threat to our ecosystems.
  • How to recognize plants in your area. What plants should be avoided due to their aggressive nature.
  • How to control invasive plants in the environment.
  • Recommendations for alternative plants that are better for the environment.

Saturday June 21 - Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens

What is a Rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, and a screen grate to keep debris and insects out. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any down spout.

What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a garden which takes advantage of rainfall and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection. Usually, it is a small garden which is designed to withstand the extremes of moisture and concentrations of nutrients, particularly Nitrogen and Phosphorus, that are found in stormwater runoff. rain gardens are sited ideally close to the source of the runoff and serve to slow the stormwater as it travels downhill, giving the stormwater more time to infiltrate and less opportunity to gain momentum and erosive power.

July 19 - Spiders and Ticks

Dates to be determined

Why Use Native Plants?

Choosing native plants allows developed landscapes to coexist with nature, rather than compete with it. Increasingly, gardeners and landscape enthusiasts in Missouri and elsewhere in the lower Midwest are choosing native plants. The benefits of native landscaping are fueling a gardening movement that says "no" to pesticides and fertilizers and "yes" to biodiversity and creating more sustainable landscapes. Novice and professional gardeners are turning to native landscaping to manage storm water, reduce maintenance, and promote plant and wildlife conservation.

Prescription Fire - safe use of fire management

Responsible fishing - don't dump bait, problems with lead sinkers