The Big Muddy Speaker Series brings together Missouri River experts with interested community members to share knowledge and perspective on the Missouri River, its history, ecology, uses, commerce and more. It is created and inspired by a partnership of organizations with a common goal – to deepen the connection of our communities to the river that connects us to each other.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is now being held in two locations Columbia and St. Charles.

The Columbia Series is hosted by a partnership of Missouri River Relief and Columbia Parks and Recreation. The St. Charles Series is hosted by Greenway Network in partnership with Missouri River Relief.

Our diverse and talented presenters strive to make their expertise valid and understandable to the public. All presentations are free, and each presenter is donating their time.

We are honored to learn from presenters representing the US Geological Survey, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mo. Dept. of Conservation, Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources, the University of Missouri, regional non-profits, local authors, historians and many more.

These gatherings owe their unique atmosphere to the venues where they happen. All of our venue hosts donate their space and serve our guests. Our deepest thanks go to Columbia Parks and Recreation for the use of the Riechmann Indoor Pavilion and Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles for their hospitality.

Thanks to everyone whose hard work makes it happen!