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Educational Field Trips in Faust Park

15185 Olive Boulevard
Chesterfield, MO 63017

The history staff at Faust Park offers a variety of educational programs and guided tours for all ages. Our most popular program year after year is the half-day “Farmsteading” program. Feedback shows that many students call this their favorite field trip despite the educational opportunities involved.

Registration for fall dates begins on (or the first business day after) March 1, and registration for spring dates begins on (or the first business day after) August 1. (Note: Spring dates for Farmsteading fill quickly.) All educational programs are designed for groups up to 40 students. Groups with over 40 students will need to book 2 or more programs.

Farmsteading at Thornhill - (4 hour program)

This program was designed for grades 3 and up and focuses on the Louisiana Purchase and early Missouri history during the era of Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri. Students try their hands at daily chores such as hauling wood and water. Activities can include butter churning, rail splitting and candle dipping. Students get a hands-on understanding of the lifestyle of Missouri’s immigrant and emigrant settlers in the early 1800s. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3b. B. Knowledge of the ways Missourians have interacted, survived and progressed from the distant past to present times. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Thornhill on the Frontier - (2 hour program)

This two-hour, hands-on program is designed for grades 3 and up. With this program, students will learn through hands-on activities and discussions what their life would have been like in the 1800’s living in the Louisiana Territory, where they were expected to contribute to the survival of their family. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3b. B. Knowledge of the ways Missourians have interacted, survived and progressed from the distant past to present times. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Life on the Frontier - (2 hour program)

This program allows a maximum of 30 students to experience life on the frontier. The program was designed for students from grade kindergarten to second grade but can be modified for special needs classes. Students try their hands at daily choirs such as hauling wood and water. Activities can include butter churning, rail splitting and candle dipping. Students get a hands-on understanding of the frugal lifestyle of Missouri’s immigrant and emigrant settlers in the early 1800s. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3b. B. Knowledge of the ways Missourians have interacted, survived and progressed from the distant past to present times. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Growth on the Frontier - (2 hour program)

During this program, students will explore how villages grew on the prairies of the United States from small settlements into viable towns through the exploration of a home, the general store, schoolhouse and blacksmith shop.

During this program students will also get to hand dip a candle, an activity that would have been necessary in every household in the early 1800s.

Program is designed for grades 3-6. (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

The Passage West - (2 ½ hour program)

During this program, students will explore the homes of two immigrant families. Through the exploration of these homes, they will learn what life was like for a family coming to a new country and establishing their lives, jobs and businesses in this foreign world.

Students will also try their hands at two everyday activities that children their age would have been required to do - candle making and butter churning. If time allows, an additional house will be explored to show the evolution of homes in the 1800s Missouri. (Grades 3-6). (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

Guided Tours - (1 ½ hours)

Available on weekdays for adult groups or mixed ages, 3rd grade and older; year-round, weather permitting. Tours cannot start before 8am and must be completed by 3pm. Guided tours last up to 90 minutes. Advanced reservations are required. Tours available for Thornhill or the Faust Historic Village.

Scout Programs

Available weekdays. Program cannot start before 8am and must be completed by 3pm.

Price to be determined by program. (Minimum fee of $30)

Programs are offered for scout groups to fulfill badge and achievement requirements. These tours are recommended for scouts, grade 3 and up. Programs can be customized to cover specific badge requirements. Tours last an hour or more, depending on the age and interests of the group. Advanced reservations are required.


Faust Education Flyer with Rates and Detailed Information

To ask questions or make reservations, please call Faust Park at 314 615-8336 or email to [email protected]