Simple Ways You Can Be A Part Of Keep America Beautiful Month

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are full of all kinds of natural beauty, but if not taken care of properly, that beauty can be dulled by everyday wear and tear. We have a full-time staff making sure our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction is well-cared for, but there's a lot of gorgeous earth that doesn't have a caretaker all of the time. That's where each of us can make a difference. 

There are many things that you can do that will quickly become a habit and second-nature to you. There are also some extra steps you can take that aren't difficult and make a huge impact on the world we live in. 

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
You can reduce the amount of waste made by reusing items whenever possible. For example, taking your own reusable bags to the grocery store is an easy way to cut down on all of those plastic bags that seem to pile up around the house. Use washable containers when you pack lunches instead of disposable sandwich bags. Get creative and find new ways to use different items instead of tossing them out right away. 

Cities don't always make it an easy task to recycle, but with a little bit of research you should be able to find a place to take your items. Many grocery and general merchandise stores offer small bins for some recyclables. You'll be surprised how many fewer trips to take out the trash you'll make once you start separating your recyclables! 

Pick Up After Your Pet
According to, animal waste getting washed down storm drains can account for 25% of the bacteria in our water. When you are in a public area or walking on a trail that others share, it's just common courtesy to clean up after your pet. It's tough to keep a smile on your face with dog poo on the bottom of your shoes!   

Pick Up After Humans Too
We are much bigger culprits then our pets when it comes to leaving unwanted items behind in nature. Theirs, at least, is a natural thing. Humans aren't always as careful as they should be when it comes to disposing of trash. The first thing you can do is make an effort to never litter. The second thing is to pick up the litter left behind by others. Keep a small bag in your car to carry with you when you hike. You can even arrange for a group of friends and family to join you and make an event out of cleaning up a stretch of highway near where you live.  

Plant Native Plants

If you're wanting to add some natural beauty to your own yard, choose plants that are native to the area in which you live. They are much easier to take care of because they are "built" to thrive in your part of the country. These are also the types of plants that local birds, insects, and other animals need for their survival.  

Making the above suggestions a habit isn't hard to do, and it's a wonderful start to playing your part in keeping America beautiful. If you would like to read more about this subject, and even get some additional ideas on how you can help, visit "Keep America Beautiful" at

When you are ready to relax and enjoy some of that American beauty, head on over to our family friendly attraction at the lake of the Ozarks. You get a look into the past with a tour of Bridal Cave, with formations that began growing millions of years ago. A walk through Thunder Mountain Park will give you a good look at some of the plants and animals that presently make up this scenic wonder. The world we live in is amazing, and it's up to each and every one of us to help keep it that way!  

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