Welcome to the Katy Land Trust

“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

Stories of conservation & history along the Missouri River. Growing Up with the River takes a brief look at each of the nine generations that have grown up in nine different communities since Lewis and Clark plied the river for their epic Voyage of Discovery. 

Learn more about history and conservation
along the Missouri River!



Written by Dan & Connie Burkhardt
Illustrations by Bryan Haynes

You can purchase the book online HERE or at these retail locations.


Bethlehem Valley Vineyards

As the powerful Missouri River wound its way from Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi, it created a spectacular and fertile valley west of St. Louis.  The Katy Trail provides a way to see the Missouri River valley – with its limestone bluffs, sweeping river bottom farms, woodlands and historic railroad towns — from a perspective like no other.


The Katy Land Trust strives to make all Missourians more aware of the need to conserve these remarkable vistas. Missouri’s water, agricultural resources and natural scenic beauty are some of the state’s greatest assets.  We believe that if we truly understand the value of these assets, we will be motivated to conserve them for future generations of Missourians.


Read more about the Katy Land Trust


  • Peers Store: The newly-renovated icon_mailinglist_klt-ip2Peers Store is closed for the season and will re-open in April! Learn about the historic Peers Store here.
  • Land Trusts: We advise private landowners on how their property can be permanently protected for
    farming, forestry, and recreation uses.
    Learn how here.