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Drop the Gun. Take a Hike.

To the Prairie Annual Trip

$160 raised

$2,000 goal

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Story Stitchers Youth Council is creating a new public presentation involving prairies for 2020. We are very happy to be welcomed back to Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve as part of this project.

Story Stitchers has been fundraising but we are a little bit short, just $2,000, of the funds needed for the annual prairie trip.

Will you help us reach our goal to make this trip happen as it has for the past 3 years? .

The raw material, knowledge, facts about prairies, (ideas and photographs) for this will take place on September 22, 2019 during the day through guided hikes and workshops for youth in writing and photography and overnight into September 23rd.

“Being able to experience an environment of peace is different than what I am used. I live in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri where I hear ambulances along with gunshots near my home every night. The trip allowed me to know that there is more to life then what I’ve been used to. I would like to change my mindset by being more adventurous and trying new things to expand my horizon.”

The trip will have even greater impact as Story Stitchers Youth Council will present To The Prairie, an original presentation pf photography and spoken word poetry exploring the concepts of peace and violence, juxtaposing urban life as experienced by African American youth living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state's endangered prairie lands. The public presentation is March 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s The High Low on Washington Avenue.

Is the path towards peace through Missouri's endangered prairies?

To The Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American youth in the Collective, addresses the community need of understanding violence while seeking peace, supports the exploration of new natural settings by both youth and audiences, and supports the greater understanding of Missouri's unique natural heritage in its endangered prairie lands.