La Vista Ecological Learning Center

A Ministry of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Offering programs and resources for living consciously within the Integrity of Creation

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An emerging worldview that fosters an ecological consciousness of the integrity of creation is represented in the panoramic view above. To the right, stacks of a coal burning power plant are diminishing as our awareness expands. Join La Vista atop these bluffs and learn to nourish a sustainable, viable and resilient life!

Come, Broaden Your Vision at La Vista!

"By transforming our consciousness we participate in the transformation of the world." - Robert Thurman


Photo from the January 10th work day in the Oblate Preserve




In his encyclical Laudato Si' Pope Francis affirms the need for places like the Missionary Oblates Woods Nature Preserve when he comments, "...in both urban and rural settings, it is helpful to set aside some places which can be preserved and protected from constant changes brought by human intervention." One reason for this is because they "increase our sense of belonging, of rootedness, of 'feeling at home' within a city which includes us and brings us together."

We invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am to help maintain the sixteen acres that make up the Oblate Preserve. Our volunteer group looks forward to being together, enjoying this beautiful place and having the sense of satisfaction that comes with contributing to the protection of this special place.

We conclude our work sessions by noon and enjoy lunch together. To participate, just call 618-466-5004 and let us know you are coming.