A Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area
South Side Division of the Conservation Federation of Missouri
Your Tax Deductable Donation Will Ensure The Continuation Of Our Conservation Efforts
All checks/money orders must be made out to:
SOUTH SIDE CFM --- NOT---TEA LAKES
ALL DONATIONS MUST BE MADE OUT TO:SOUTH SIDE CFM, C/O TREASURER- 1516 STONEGATE MANOR DRIVE, ARNOLD, MO. 63010
Checks made out incorrectly will not be accepted by our bank and will be returned to the sender for correction. We regret the inconvenience, but we must follow the banks wishes.
The website is currently under new construction and soon it will have a whole new look as Adam Leiweke takes over as our Web Master. His knowledge of the ins and outs of a professional looking website will be a great addition to our efforts to bring new members to our club. Thanks Adam!
Join the 3 RRR'S Generation - Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and become a Greener You!
Simple Donations for Area: Give up a soda a week and donate that money to your club. Bring in the can for recycling by the club and generate more cash for the area. Eat out one less time a month and donate those dollars to your club. Buy one less application for your phone and donate that money to your club. Give up one movie a year and donate that money to your club. One less candy bar, bag of chips and it all can be a positive way of supporting your club, along with your general membership by making that additional donation. You can designate what you would like your donation to fund at the area: General Fund, Camping, Fishing, Forestry, Native Garden or Other, and remember that any donation is considered tax deductible. So give the gift that will continue giving and support our conservation efforts.
A $1.00 TO $1,000.00 DONATION, from you, will help support our conservation efforts and keep our Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area alive for future generations. Just $1.00 will do wonders in keeping our natural resources, land, air, water, flourishing. We want everyone to become part of the 3-RRR's-(Reduce-Reuse-Recycle)Generation Tea Lakes Member, by simply "Thinking Green" daily. Please join us in our quest for the future! If 1,000,000,000 + people DONATE $1.00, just think what can be accomplished for our future generations. A $10,000 donation will do 100 times as much good. Teaching others about the beauty of our lakes, wildlife, safe camping, fishing, bird watching, hiking, native flowers, and numerous other areas that affect each of us daily is a testament to what you have accomplished today by joining our commitment to create a better world just by GOING GREEN $1.00 at a time. Please join us and Donate Today! The solution is a Greener you by commiting to becomming a 3 RRR's Generation Tea Lakes Member.
Because of the lack of response to the utilization of PayPal by our members, we are considering discontinuing this perk. We are paying out more than we are taking in each quarter and that is never a good thing for a club of our size. If you want this perk to continue, be sure to pay your membership/trailer fees on line through PayPal.
Tea Lakes is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization & a 509 (a) (2) public charity organization.
ALL CHECK OR MONEY ORDERS MUST BE MADE OUT TO: SOUTH SIDE CFM IN ORDER TO BE PROCESSED BY THE BANK. Any checks made out incorrectly will be returned to the sender for replacement. Any returned checks will result in a $35 returned check fee and membership will be declined until all fees are paid in full.
The Conservation Federation of Missouri was organized in 1935 by joining existing Conservation clubs and concerned individual citizens in the state for the express purpose of taking conservation in Missouri out of politics. Petitions were circulated and more than 100,000 signatures were secured to allow proposition No. 4 to be placed on the ballot at the General Election of 1936. This amendment, which passed by a landslide victory, provided us with our present Non-Political Conservation Agency, the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Concerned sportsmen of St. Louis played an active role in the success of
proposition No. 4. Many of
these people joined together to form the nucleus of the St. Louis District
Chapter of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. After
experimenting for several months with regular meetings, the officers found
it difficult to locate a suitable hall situated in central St. Louis to
house the ever increasing attendance. As a
result, it was decided to divide the St. Louis Chapter into three
divisions. One of those being the South Side Division, which would
later become one of the strongest affiliates of the Conservation
Federation of Missouri.
South Side Division was organized in 1940, and with the strong leadership
and dedication of its members, it developed into one of the most
progressive conservation groups in the entire state.
South Side Division was organized in 1940, and with the strong leadership and dedication of its members, it developed into one of the most progressive conservation groups in the entire state.
Purpose and Goals
The objective of South Side Division is the education of the people of Missouri in conservation of all wildlife, soil, air, water, forestry, flower, song birds and all other natural resources of the State of Missouri.
Since 1940 the members of South Side have dedicated their time, money and labor to such projects as the Tea Lakes Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area. Tea Lakes, which has received national recognition, was the result of countless hours of planning and work by the most ardent of conservationists. This spirit continues today to ensure that the Tea Lakes area remains an educational conservation area just as the founders of our organization had envisioned it.
Throughout the years, there have been many legislative attempts to undermine the conservation efforts in Missouri. Whether it was an attempt to raid the conservation sales tax, or the proposed mining in a wilderness area, the members of South Side have always been there to fight for the good of conservation. Although we have succeeded in the past to thwart these selfish attempts, we cannot relax because there will always be another challenge tomorrow. The greatest resource of South Side Division are its members and it is up to us to ensure that Missouri will be a better place to live.
Tea Lakes is a 216 acre multi use wildlife preserve and conservation area. The original tract of land was acquired in 1946 and has since been expanded to its current state. There are seven lakes and ponds on the area the largest of which covers 28 acres.
Some of the recreational activities that Tea Lakes offers are: fishing, camping, hiking, birding, relaxing, family picnics, etc... There are five lakes and ponds that are stocked with fish such as crappie, catfish, bass and bluegill. Tea Lakes offers excellent fishing opportunities throughout the year that can challenge anyone, from the occasional weekend fisherman to the fishing enthusiast.
There are 20 primitive campsites on the area which can accommodate anyone from tent campers to campers with self contained units. A seasonal shower house is also available near the campsites. Whether you choose to "rough it" or camp with some of the comforts of home, all the campsites have a beautiful view of the lake.
As Aldo Leopold wrote in his classic book on conservation, A Sandy County Almanac, "There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot". The members of South Side are those who cannot live without wild things.
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