Field Trips

Educational Programs and Field Trips

St. Louis County Parks and Recreation is proud to offer a wide variety of programs to area school children. Students are introduced to the natural and cultural history of the St. Louis area through costumed interpretation, hands-on activities, nature hikes, slide presentations, etc. Program topics range from the Revolutionary War to the Louisiana Purchase to Water Ecology. Many of these programs were designed to match specific Show-Me Standard and Grade Level Expectations. History related programs and tours are available at Faust Park, Jefferson Barracks Historic Site, and Daniel Bissell House, as well as Laumeier Sculpture Park. In addition, Park Rangers will, at times, lead groups on nature oriented tours.

History & Family Life in the 1800's

Ages: Grades K - 8

Location: Faust Park Historic Village

Contact Information: Call (314) 615-8336 or (314) 8328 or email

Students learn about history and family life in the 1800s through hands-on activities in an authentic environment. Spring

registration starts on 8/1, Fall registration begins on 3/1 and must be arranged through the Faust Park office.

For additional educational programs at Faust Park, click here.

Military History

Ages: 6+

Location: Jefferson Barracks Park

Contact Information: Call (314) 615-8800 or email

Come visit with Joseph Plumb Martin - a Revolutionary War soldier, Billy Yank, Johnny Reb, a Civil War spy or doctor, a WWI Doughboy and WWII G.I. Joe. Although created to address Missouri’s Core Curriculum standards for students, our programs are popular with many adult groups and organizations. Advance registration is required. $40/class/presentation.

For additional educational programs available at Jefferson Barracks Park, click here

Art & Nature

Ages: All Ages

Location: Laumeier Sculpture Park

Contact Information: Visit or call (314) 615-5267

School Group Tours are interactive and designed to engage participants in exploring the relationship between art and nature. Tours are led by trained Laumeier Docents and last approximately 1 hour; tours must be reserved at least 3 weeks in advance and can be tailored to fit specific needs and interests. $36 flat for K–12 student groups of 12 or fewer; $3 per person for K–12 student groups of 12 or more. Participation fee is charged for ages 4 and up. Maximum tour size is 150 participants. Receive one complimentary admission for every 10 participants!

Architecture - Frank Lloyd Wright

Ages: Grades 3 - 12

Location: Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

Contact Information: Call (314) 822-8359 or visit

Students learn about Frank Lloyd Wright and experience a unique house with a floor plan based on parallelograms along with the

original Wright-designed furnishings. The 75-minute tour includes a video and docent-led tour of the house. Cost is $5/student.


Parks & Recreation programs and facilities are available for people of all abilities. Please let us know if there is an accommodation that would make a program accessible to you or your group by calling the site of your planned visit directly. For hearing impaired, call 800-735-2966 (Relay Missouri)

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 12/8/17 1:25 p.m.)

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

* Unger Park roads are open to Riverside trail parking lot, Riverside trail remains closed beyond this parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.