October 2009

New book on Missouri wonders from Don Kurz

Missouri's Natural Wonders Guidebook

In "Missouri's Natural Wonders Guidebook," Don Kurz has created a useful guide for any of us planning hikes for ourselves or for groups.

The book highlights 100 areas that represent the best of Missouri's natural world. Kurz checked out more than 1,600 public lands to come to this list. For the tech savvy or gadget blessed among us, the guide provides GPS coordinates.

Among the wonders listed in the book are prairies, waterfalls, shut-ins, caves, wildlife areas, geologic features, springs, trails, swamps and nature centers.

Kurz’s name is a common one on many MONPS members’ bookshelves. His other titles include “Trees of Missouri Field Guide”’ “Trees of Missouri”, “Illinois Wildflowers”, “Ozark Wildflowers”, “Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri”, “Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide” and “Scenic Driving the Ozarks Including the Ouachita Mountains.”

Kurz has been a professional botanist, writer and nature photographer for more than 30 years. He was awarded the Erna R. Eisendrath Education Award in 1998 by MONPS.

Kurz plans to sign books in the lobby outside the gift shop at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.