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She’s hungry but her yard might not be!

Before you add any fertilizers to your yard this spring… first do a soil test. Your yard may already have the nutrients it needs, saving you money and time! It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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National Volunteer Week social media campaign

#NationalVolunteerWeek Social Media Campaign Wins Local Award April 15 – 21, 2018 National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, was established in 1974 as a way for organizations to celebrate the impact of volunteer service in improving communities.  Bridging The Gap engages more than 1,500 volunteers each year to improve Kansas City’s environment by … Continued

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Cover your Bald Spots!

When it rains, soil and sediment wash into our lakes and streams. Sediment pollution clouds the water, making it difficult for aquatic plants to grow, clogs fish and insect gills, and can destroy aquatic habitats. Here are two basic steps to grow in your bald spots: 1. PLANT grass seed, native plants, shrubs or trees. … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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Know where water flows

  Storm drains are not connected to the wastewater treatment plant. It’s important we know where our water flows! Stormwater is rainfall or melting snow that makes its way to the storm drain. As the water flows over the land surface, it can pick up potential pollutants that may include sediment, nutrients (from lawn fertilizers), bacteria … Continued

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2018 Gala Sponsors – Thank you!

We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following businesses and individuals who donated to help make this event possible. Without them we would not be able to charge our low, gala ticket price of $75 (comparable organizations charge upwards of $150 per ticket). Thank you! Want more information on the gala? Please click … Continued

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BTG Tool Lending Shed

Planning a neighborhood clean-up? Bridging The Gap has tools and other supplies! Is your neighborhood looking a little rough in late-winter with litter, leaves, and brush piling up? Late-winter/early-spring, while the weather is mild and before new growth gets going, is the perfect time to organize a volunteer clean-up with your neighborhood group or homeowners … Continued

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Help BTG Prevent Litter

How Is Litter Still a Thing? You Can Help Bridging The Gap Prevent Litter and Get It Out of Area Creeks and Rivers! Still in the midst of a winter that’s been colder and icier in metro-Kansas City than it’s been in several years, it may seem like spring will never come. Looking at the … Continued

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shelby!

Bridging The Gap (BTG) engages more than 1,500 volunteers each year across a wide range of programming. Occasionally, we’ll feature a volunteer in our spotlight to celebrate their service and to give our supporters a behind-the-scenes glimpse of why individuals choose to volunteer with us! Want to volunteer?  Reach out to Amy Smith, Volunteer Services … Continued

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Nature-Inspired Fashion

We know not EVERYONE will wear nature-inspired or recycled attire to our upcoming gala, but for those of you who get excited about an opportunity to be creative, we found beautiful examples of nature-inspired fashion.  

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Make a Night of It – BTG Gala 2018

Both the Sheraton at Crown Center and Hotel Phillips are offering a special rate of $149/night. You must use the following online link to make your reservation.   SHERATON AT CROWN CENTER $149/NIGHT – valid through 3/19 BOOK HERE for BTG GALA RATE View Sheraton Website   HOTEL PHILLIPS $149/NIGHT – valid through 3/3/18 BOOK HERE … Continued

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Group Volunteer Opportunity at Maple Woods

Update: all opportunities at Maple Woods have been filled. Please contact Linda to discuss opportunities at other sites throughout the metro. Min group size: 15.   Maple Woods Ecological Restoration Workday Set a Date With Us, February 1 – March 30 Great for Corporate Groups!   The following opportunity is available for groups (up to … Continued

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Blood Drive in partnership with the Community Bl

Bridging The Gap is concerned about the “emergency blood shortage” and has teamed up with the Community Blood Center to promote a blood drive. Donate at any CBC Donor Site and use the code: EF8A (if you use the code we can track how many BTG supporters contributed to this effort)! Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, … Continued

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In Memory of Savannah Domann

In Memory of Savannah Domann   We are sad to announce the passing of one of the newer members of the BTG tribe, Savannah Domann.  Savannah volunteered alongside her father, Tony Domann, to plant trees with our Heartland Tree Alliance program in the Indian Mound neighborhood in May.  Savannah’s light will continue to shine through the … Continued

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Volunteer Feedback Requested!

Did you know last fiscal year, Bridging The Gap engaged more than 1,600 volunteers?! Whether you generously gave us a few hours one-time, or if you are a ‘regular’, we need your feedback! If you volunteered with us in 2017, please compete this short survey – it will take less than 5 minutes. BONUS: complete … Continued

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Studies Reveal A Diversity Of Native Bee Species

By Tom Schroeder The amazing diversity of native bees in the Kansas City area has been revealed in a two year study of four native remnant areas. Burroughs Audubon Society, Johnson County Parks, and Bridging the Gap/Kansas City Wildlands funded two studies. In 2017 Ogg Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park Prairie … Continued

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How to be MORE green this holiday

Yet another holiday season is upon us, and with it comes warm gift exchanges by the fire, the scent of ferns wafting throughout the house, and unfortunate covers of holiday classics blaring incessantly on most radio stations. While many see the holiday season as the happiest time of the year, it’s not quite so joyous … Continued

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