Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River

2017 Art of Sustainability Events


Greening Vermillion will hold this year's Art of Sustainability events on October 21 and 22, 2017. The theme this year is water—water quality—and, more specifically, water quality of the Vermillion River and the 59-mile reach of the Missouri National Recreational River.

On Saturday morning, October 21, the public, including local artists and photographers, are invited to join in walking the Frost Trail. Hikers, while being inspired by the Missouri’s beauty, will be asked to draw, paint, and photograph images of the land and river and all they hold.

The next day, Sunday, October 22, there will be a gathering in late afternoon (probably at the Washington Street Arts Center) to enjoy a display of the artwork created on the previous day’s hike, along with beer, wine, and potluck appetizers. A Missouri River water-quality expert, Alan Wittmuss from SD DENR, and a green infrastructure specialist, Susan Port, will talk about how to clean up our rivers. In addition, local artists with existing art of the river will exhibit their work. The event hopes to raise awareness of the river and its joys and challenges.


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The mission of the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River is to build awareness, enhance and advocate for the scenic, recreational, fish and wildlife, ecological, geological, cultural/historical values and economic and recreational opportunities of the Missouri River, a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

MNRR Overview

This 100-mile stretch of North America's longest river (2,341 miles), represents a vestige of the untamed American West. It recalls history, records human stories, and provides a sense of place. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. The wild, untamed, and mighty Missouri River continues to flow just as nature intended within the two stretches that make up this National Park System unit. Established in 1978, and expanded in 1991, the Missouri National Recreational River's mission is to preserve the free-flowing condition of the Missouri River and protect it for the enjoyment and benefit of generations to come. From Pickstown, SD to Ponca, NE the river's meadering corridor provides several valuable resources that hold a vast array of outstanding remarkable values: cultural, ecological, fish and wildlife, geological, recreational, and scenic.