Park Activity Guide - Winter/Spring 2023

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Winter/Spring 2023: January–April
Park Activity Guide built by nature. rooted in history. made for play.

Words from the Parks Director

As we say goodbye to one successful year and look forward to the next, it’s a great feeling to be able to reflect on significant achievements. For the St. Charles County Parks Department, 2022 proved to be an exciting one! It marked our 25th anniversary and we celebrated by opening new parks adding new amenities, and providing a myriad of enjoyable programs and special events throughout the year.

To mark the occasion, we unveiled a new logo and tagline to rebrand and promote our park offerings. The new tagline is “Built by Nature. Rooted in History. Made for Play.” These three phrases epitomize the county’s unique parks, diverse facilities and broad range of programs and special events, as well as the region’s historical and natural environmental heritage.

Since our founding in 1997, our mission has been to preserve and protect natural areas and provide greenspace for future generations, to protect the historic resources found within our parks, and to create opportunities for people to engage in nature and activities while having fun. This mission is as vital today as it was at the time of our founding, and our new logo and tagline will remind us of this mission for years to come.

This past year was a tremendous one for the department and we hope you were able to enjoy aspects of what we have to offer. I want to share with you the top five things that we, as a department, have been proudest of this year. We hope you are as excited about them as we are!

Top 5 St. Charles County Park Events from 2022:

1. Opening of Oglesby Park – Oglesby Park marks the 18th County park to be opened to the public. This nearly 200-acre park features a large playground, shelters, lakes and both natural and paved trails. It was designed, constructed, and opened in under seven months and it is a beautiful addition to our park system.

About the Parks Department

The St. Charles County Parks & Recreation Department was created in 1997 after voters approved a local use tax with the sole purpose of park land acquisition, development, operations, and maintenance. The department’s mission is to preserve natural and historic features in areas throughout the county for the use of future generations. Today, the department has 21 parks, of which 18 are open and three are in reserve, totaling 4,197 acres of acquired park land. From historic homesteads to a skate park; from camping, hiking, biking, and fishing to weddings and educational classrooms, there’s something for everyone in St. Charles County Parks. For more information and specifics about each park, amenities, trails, and more, visit stccparks.org.

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At a Glance... Parks Calendar 4 6 On-Demand Programs 8 Community Events 10 Nature & Outdoors 13 19 27 Education & Enrichment Athletics & Competitive County Parks Map #SCCMOParks facebook.com/StCharlesCountyParks facebook.com/SCCMOKineticPark facebook.com/BooneHome facebook.com/StCharlesCountyHeritageMuseum twitter.com/sccmo instagram.com/stccparks youtube.com/SCCMOTV

2. Riverside Landing Park Opens – Riverside Landing Park opened this past spring after about a year of construction.The new park features RV camping with electrical hookups, a free public access boat ramp, scenic overlooks, and a playground. It has been very popular with campers who want to get away and camp along the Mississippi River and is an attraction for both sport and recreational boaters.

3. Blueway Trail Network Opens – St. Charles County has opened the first part of the Blueway Trail Network. This first section, the Dardenne Blueway, is on the Dardenne Creek from 370 Lakeside in St. Peters to Riverside Landing Park. It enables kayakers and canoers to enjoy nature from a new perspective and has been a rousing success. St. Charles County Parks and our municipal partners look forward to expanding the Dardenne Blueway to provide additional routes in the future.

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5. BikeFest 2022 – For the second consecutive year, Kinetic Park has hosted a Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Qualifier event. This event brings riders from around the world to St. Charles County to race and attempt to win an all-expenses paid trip to the World Championship. This year, the winners go to Lima, Peru, to compete in a World Championship. New this year, we also hosted a USA Pump Track Championship Qualifying event. These two races bring national attention to Kinetic Park and St. Charles County and have been a great success.

We are proud of these past accomplishments and look forward to new developments and activities in 2023. We are excited about continuing to grow and provide the outstanding facilities, programs and parks thatour residents and visitors have come to expect throughout our 25 years of serving the citizens of St. Charles County.

Bangert Island Park

Broemmelsiek Park College Meadows Park

Flatwoods Park Heritage Museum

Hideaway Harbor Park

The Historic Daniel Boone Home Indian Camp Creek Park Kinetic Park

Klondike Park

Oglesby Park

Matson Hill Park Missouri Bluffs Park

The Park at New Melle Lakes Quail Ridge Park Riverside Landing Park Towne Park

Veterans Tribute Park

Park Hours...

GENERAL PARK HOURS

7 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset, Monday - Sunday

PARKS ADMINISTRATION

201 N. Second Street - Suite 510, St. Charles, Mo 63301 636-949-7535

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday

HERITAGE MUSEUM

1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, Mo 63303 636-255-6000

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday

THE HISTORIC DANIEL BOONE HOME

1868 Highway F, Defiance, Mo 63341 636-798-2005

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Saturday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday

KINETIC PARK

7801 Town Square Avenue, Dardenne Prairie, Mo 63368 636-278-1248

Labor Day Weekend to Memorial Day Weekend Hours: 12-8 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday Summer Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., daily

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New Exhibit at Heritage Museum – This past spring, we opened a brand-new feature exhibit at the Heritage Museum. The display, titled “The American Revolutionary War in the West,” tells the story of the war for independence along the western frontier and the little-known stories of important events that rarely make modern-day history textbooks.
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6 Park Activity Guide stccparks.org JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH 2 I Dig Groundhogs, Do You? Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 19 PARKS CALENDAR 7 1 New Year’s Day Hike Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 13 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 Moonrise at Sunset Hike Towne Park ............................................................................... 13 3 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 6 Moonrise at Sunet Hike Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 13 8 Eagle Watch Party at Riverside Landing Riverside Landing .................................................................. 14 10 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 14 Hays History Hike Matson Hill Park ...................................................................... 14 15 Nature Arts and Crafts: Rock Painting Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 19 17 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 20 Date Night at the Heritage Museum Heritage Museum .................................................................. 10 24 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 31 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 14 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 18 Charcuterie Board Class The Park at New Melle Lakes .............................................. 21 21 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 25 Breakfast with the Birds Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 21 28 Indoor Disc Golf Putting League Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 4 Maple Sugar Festival The Historic Daniel Boone Home ..................................... 10 Washers Tournament Quail Ridge Park ..................................................................... 27 A Visit with Daniel and Rebecca Boone The Historic Daniel Boone Home ..................................... 21 8 Little Nature Explorer Program Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 22 Moonrise at Sunset Hike Klondike Park ........................................................................... 13 10 Shamrockin’ & Rollerbladin’ Kinetic Park ............................................................................... 27 Murder Mystery Dinner Klondike Park ........................................................................... 10 11 Trail Work Days Missouri Bluffs Park ............................................................... 15 12 Pioneer Women: Sugaring Season The Historic Daniel Boone Home ..................................... 22 Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave The Historic Daniel Boone Home ..................................... 20 15 Walk Through the Seasons Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 15 12 Nature Arts and Crafts: Suncatchers Broemmelsiek Park ................................................................ 20 Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave The Historic Daniel Boone Home ..................................... 20 11 Sweetheart Hike Klondike Park ........................................................................... 14 Heritage Museum Lecture Series Heritage Museum .................................................................. 20
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ON-DEMAND PROGRAMS

FRIDAY NIGHT PUBLIC STARGAZING

Discover the stars and constellations on clear Friday nights through the largest public-viewing telescope in Missouri and other complex scopes in the park! Join the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Viewing Area for free educational programs for the entire family. Programs begin 30 minutes past sunset and can last into the night. Advanced registration is requested for groups of 10 or more. Email outreach@asemonline.org or visit asemonline.org for more information.

RANGER-GUIDED HIKES

Our Park Rangers are ready to take your group on an unforgettable hiking experience through any St. Charles County park of your choice. Hear about park history, plant and animal life, and learn fun nature facts to impress your friends! These group hikes are great for meeting merit badge requirements for scouts or just getting outside to explore what the St. Charles County Parks system has to offer. Hikes are available year-round on a first come, first served basis, and are $2 per person per hour. Specific requests are considered for an additional fee. Hikes are best if limited to groups of 24. Call our administrative office to make a reservation today!

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Schools, scouts, homeschool and church groups with children ages 4-12 can find unique educational experiences in our parks! These exciting nature and history-based programs can include a nature hike, park history, plant and animal life exploration, fishing and aquatic life, forest ecology, and more! Pack your lunch and pick your favorite park and activities, and then we do the rest! Cost is nominal per hour. One of the most popular destinations is the 3-acre Certified Nature Explorer Classroom at Towne Park.

The Historic Daniel Boone Home also offers unique field trips for children ages 9 and up. These two-hour sessions can include fire starting, animal signs, black powder, trade and bartering, historic construction, carpentry, and a craft. Cost is $8 per child.

Don’t forget the new educational opportunities at the Heritage Museum! These 90-minute history-based programs allow guests to explore St. Charles County history to the fullest, while giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the world of museums! Participants explore our collection of heritage artifacts and learn the importance of preservation. Cost is $5 per person.

To schedule an outreach program in any park, call our administrative office at 636-949-7535.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

DATE NIGHT AT THE HERITAGE MUSEUM

Enjoy an evening in the park with your friends or that special someone! We’ll provide a candlelit table, music, games, and s’mores to prepare over the roaring campfire. Bring your dinner, drinks, blanket, and a flashlight. After dinner, enjoy walking through the new exhibit, “The American Revolutionary War in the West,” at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum in St. Peters. This event is for ages 18 and up; cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required.

MAPLE SUGAR

The sugarin’ season is upon us at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance! Join us at this sweet event to learn historic and modern tree-tapping methods and taste sweet treats from the trees. Kids and adults alike will enjoy trying their hand at the brace and bit and yoke carry, as well as watching reenactors boil sap at our sugar camp. Be prepared to visit with our vendors, try samples and purchase some delicious treats to take home. This program is free and open to all ages. Dress for the weather!

MURDER MYSTERY

Who did it?! You and your friends will have a fun evening testing your detective skills at our fourth annual dinner theatre experience at Klondike Park in Augusta. Located in the heart of scenic Historic Missouri Wine Country, the park’s Meeting Facility will become the “murder scene,” and it will be your task to figure out who did it. Who knows what will happen that night? The program is $30 per person and is open to participants 18 and over. Non-alcoholic drinks provided; cash bar, courtesy of a local winery, will be available. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Preregistration is required.

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DINNER LOCATION GUIDE The Historic Daniel Boone Home Heritage Museum Kinetic Park Klondike Park DB HM KN KL AGE FEE 18 and up $5 per person LOCATION TIME DATE HM 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
FESTIVAL AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE DB 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 AGE FEE 18 and up $30 per person LOCATION TIME DATE KL - Meeting Facility 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 10

EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Join us for the FREE annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at St. Charles County Kinetic Park in Dardenne Prairie! There will be separate egg hunts for ages 3 and under, 4-6, and 7-12. Each egg hunt will have a special golden egg, and the lucky discoverers will win a grand prize. Bring a basket and keep a lookout for our special bunny guest hopping around the park! There also will be games, face painting, prizes and much more. Registration is limited; pre-registration is required by March 29. Sorry, no walk-ins are allowed. Adaptations are available for children with disabilities.

PUPS IN THE PARK

Join us at St. Charles County Kinetic Park in Dardenne Prairie for a waggin’ good time at Pups in the Park! Bring your furry friends to explore local doggy vendors, games and much more! All dogs must remain leashed in the park. This event is free. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, April 20.

EARLY BIRD WALKERS

Grab your walking shoes to get your steps in at St. Charles County Kinetic Park in Dardenne Prairie! Access the park before the facility opens, from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in April. Complimentary coffee will be available. Pets are allowed until the park opens.

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AGE FEE 12 and under Free LOCATION TIME DATE KN 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE KN 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5 KN 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12 KN 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 KN 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 During inclement weather, stay up to date on the status of County parks, trails, activities and more through the Rainout Line. Visit stccparks.org to view or sign up for the app, or call 636-707-0011. CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations 15 calendar days or more prior to the start of an activity, camp or program will result in a refund minus a 15 percent processing fee. Refunds are not issued for amounts less than $20. Cancellations 14 calendar days or less from the start of the activity, camp or program will result in no refunds. This information is on your receipt. AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE KN 12-3 p.m. Saturday, April 22

A Perfect Park for a Perfect Day.

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a party of hundreds, there’s a St. Charles County park to make your dreams of a perfect wedding come true.

questions, more information, or to set up a tour of our wedding venues, call the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or email parks@sccmo.org.

Quail
Lodge • Klondike Park Meeting Facility • Landhaus Broemmelsiek Visitor Center Meeting Room, scenic patio and deck • Old Peace Chapel and The Grand Pavilion Outdoor Natural Park Settings • Outdoor Specialty Shelters
For
Ridge
Venues

Bring a flashlight and a sense of wonder to experience the full moon on this one-hour hike with Park Rangers. Participants will enjoy the beauty of the full moon and learn moon facts. All trail surfaces are paved and are not steep. Follow program directional signs to the meeting locations. Pre-registration is requested. In the event of bad weather, this program will be canceled.

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NATURE & OUTDOORS
SUNSET
LOCATION TIME DATE QR 5:30-6:30
TW
KL
OG 6-7
AGE FEE 5 and up Free Broemmelsiek Park Indian Camp Creek Park Klondike Park Matson Hill Park Missouri Bluffs Park The Park at New Melle Lakes Oglesby Park Quail Ridge Park Riverside Landing Park Towne Park BR IC KL MH MB NM OG QR RL TW LOCATION GUIDE
NEW YEAR’S DAY HIKE AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR - Visitor Center 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1
MOONRISE AT
HIKE
p.m. Friday, Jan. 6
5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
p.m. Tuesday, April 4
Bring in the new year and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors on a 1.5-mile hike with Park Rangers at Broemmelsiek Park! Afterward, head into the Visitor Center to warm up and enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. Rangers will be available to answer questions about upcoming programs, park history and local wildlife. Pre-registration is required.

EAGLE

Bald Eagles flock to Missouri in the winter months and Riverside Landing in St. Charles is the perfect place to watch them! Join our Park Rangers at the park’s scenic overlook where spotting scopes and binoculars will be available for viewing. Childfriendly eagle activities and a toasty campfire add to a perfect family outing.

Enjoy the outdoors while stepping into the past. We will hike the moderately difficult Hays Trail at Matson Hill Park while delving into the history of the area and the pioneers who walked the land. After exploring the hillside, take a peek inside the Daniel Boone Hays Home to look at the interpretive displays, architecture and historic artifacts. Pre-registration is required.

AGE

SWEETHEART HIKE

Celebrate your special someone, as well as your love of the outdoors! During this moderately strenuous 1.5-mile hike on the rugged trails at Klondike Park. We will stop at a beautiful overlook where participants will receive chocolates, strawberries, hot cocoa, and listen to or read a small sampling of provided poetry meant to warm the heart. Pre-registration is required.

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AGE FEE 16
Free LOCATION TIME DATE
and up
KL - Shower House Kiosk 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
FEE
Free
TIME
WATCH PARTY AT RIVERSIDE LANDING AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE RL 1-4 p.m. Sunday,
HAYS HISTORY HIKE 8
16 and up
LOCATION
DATE
MH 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14
Jan.

WALK THROUGH THE SEASONS

Hiking the same trails over and over may sound boring, but the change in the seasons will always bring something new to see. On this ranger-guided hike, we will walk the same 3 miles along the natural surface trails at Broemmelsiek Park to see the seasonal changes and discuss how it affects the plants and animals living in varying habitats and ecosystems. Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required.

AGE FEE

All ages Free

LOCATION TIME DATE

BR - Visitor Center 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15

BR - Visitor Center 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12

*Watch for our Summer and Fall Park Activity Guide for future dates.

Celebrate the first day of spring by learning facts and myths about the vernal equinox and observing the first signs of spring. Park Rangers will lead this 2-mile hike for ages 5 and up. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Dress for the weather, wear good hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Hilltop Shelter at Broemmelsiek Park. Pre-registration is requested.

TRAIL WORK DAYS

Calling all volunteers! Give back to the community by making a mark on a St. Charles County park. The department needs your assistance this spring with the development and maintenance of park trails. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and bring a pair of gloves. Lunch is provided to all who lend a helping hand. Pre-registration is requested.

AGE FEE

All ages Free

LOCATION TIME DATE

MB 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11

MB 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 15

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EQUINOX
AGE FEE 5 and up Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR -
4:30-6 p.m. Monday,
20 During inclement weather, stay up to date on the status of County parks, trails, activities and more through the Rainout Line. Visit stccparks.org to view or sign up for the app, or call 636-707-0011. CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations 15 calendar days or more prior to the start of an activity, camp or program will result in a refund minus a 15 percent processing fee. Refunds are not issued for amounts less than $20. Cancellations 14 calendar days or less from the start of the activity, camp or program will result in no refunds. This information is on your receipt.
SPRING
HIKE
Hilltop
March

GOLDEN HOUR HIKE

Gather your friends and family to experience the most beautiful hour of the day in the parks. Discover the natural beauty of the outdoors on a 1-3 mile guided hike with a Park Ranger. Trails are a mix of paved and natural surface. During this free program, participants look for and learn about plants and wildlife at different parks each month. Follow the program directional signs to the meeting location. Space is limited! Pre-registration is requested.

AGE FEE

All ages Free

LOCATION TIME DATE

KL - Birding Area 6:30-7:45 p.m. Saturday, March 25

IC - 3rd Parking Lot on Loop 6:15-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 29

NM 7-8:15 p.m. Sunday, April 23 TW 7-8:15 p.m. Monday, April 24

OG - Shelter 1 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 26

POETRY IN THE PARK

Be inspired by the beauty of our St. Charles County parks! We will leisurely walk and observe select areas of our parks while stopping to listen to hand-selected poems that illuminate our surroundings. Bring a journal and a pen to create as we ponder the beauty in our midst. Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather.

March 28

April 11

April 25

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Free Broemmelsiek Park Indian Camp Creek Park Klondike Park Matson Hill Park Missouri Bluffs Park The Park at
Melle Lakes Oglesby Park Quail Ridge Park Riverside Landing Park Towne Park BR IC KL MH MB NM OG QR RL TW LOCATION GUIDE
LOCATION TIME DATE IC 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
NM 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
TW 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
AGE FEE 16 and up
New

Preserving green spaces for our plants and wildlife is very important, so celebrate Earth Day with the Park Rangers! On this 2.5-mile hike around Quail Ridge Park, enjoy the park’s beauty, learn how to be good stewards of Earth, and take home native flowering plant seeds. Dress for the weather, wear closed-toed shoes and bring water. Pre-registration is required.

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EARTH DAY HIKE AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE QR - Shelter 4 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 Take in the sounds of nature at Silent Sundown Sit
the Agricultural
will clue you in on what to listen for as we grow silent
our
to
Bring
your
drink.
ADULTS-ONLY SILENT SUNDOWN SIT AGE FEE 12 and up Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR - Ag. Area 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31 Bring your sense of adventure to
Join
on an hour and a half hike seeking out the sights and
of
wildlife
St.
County parks. Wear
shoes and bring a water bottle and bug repellent,
required.
NATURE’S NIGHTSHIFT LOCATION TIME DATE OG 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 7 BR 7:30-9 p.m. Satuday, April 8 AGE FEE All ages Free
at
Education Area in Broemmelsiek Park. Park Rangers
while
surroundings begin
teem with life!
a chair, a blanket, and
favorite warm
Hot cocoa also will be available upon arrival. Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather.
Nature’s Nightshift!
Park Rangers
sounds
nocturnal
in
Charles
closed-toed
if desired. Pre-registration is
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

EDUCATION

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The
BR DB HM KL NM LOCATION GUIDE
NATURE ARTS AND CRAFTS: ROCK PAINTING AGE FEE 6 and up $2 per person LOCATION TIME DATE BR - Visitor Center 12-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Dig into the secret life of groundhogs on Groundhog Day through stories, crafts, play and song led
our
10
are
activity
is required. I DIG GROUNDHOGS, DO YOU? AGE FEE 3-10 years Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR - Visitor Center 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2
ENRICHMENT Broemmelsiek Park
Historic Daniel Boone Home Heritage Museum Klondike Park
Park at New Melle Lakes
Get creative with nature! Adults and children ages 6 and up will make a variety of arts and crafts from natural elements and recycled materials. Meet Park Rangers at the Broemmelsiek Visitors Center, where you’ll receive supplies and instructions to make beautiful artistic creations. In this session, you will paint rocks, or kindness stones, that you can keep or hide outside for others to find! This kid-friendly program is $2 per person; pre-registration is required.
by
Park Rangers. Children preschool age to
years
invited to this fun, free
inside the Broemmelsiek Visitor Center. Pre-registration

Join the St. Charles County Heritage Museum for a lecture series with Robert Mueller, a State Historical Society of Missouri’s Distinguished Service Award winner. Learn about the development and role of the Milice (militia) and formal military personnel during the pre-Louisiana Purchase period, with particular emphasis on the role of Ste. Genevieve’s men during the Battle of Fort San Carlos in May 1780, at the “Citizen Soldiers and the Military of Colonial Ste. Genevieve” lecture Saturday, Feb. 11. Explore the mid-Mississippi valley horticulture prior to the Louisiana Purchase and the influences it had on the gardening and agriculture, town and agricultural land usage, equipment used, typical clothing, foods, and excerpts from travel writers of the time period at the “Colonial Gardening and Agriculture” lecture Saturday, April 22. Pre-registration is required.

NATURE ARTS AND CRAFTS: SUNCATCHERS

Get creative with nature! Adults and children ages 6 and up will make a variety of arts and crafts from natural elements and recycled materials. Meet Park Rangers at the Broemmelsiek Visitors Center, where you’ll receive supplies and instructions to make beautiful artistic creations. In this session, you’ll make suncatchers from items you can find around your home. They will look great hanging in a window or as an ornament! This kid-friendly program is $2 per person; pre-registration is required.

AGE FEE

6 and up $2 per person

LOCATION TIME DATE

BR - Visitor Center 12-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

LILA, LIFE OF A MISSOURI SLAVE

Visit with “Lila” and learn about slavery on the Missouri frontier. “Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave” is performed by Angela da Silva at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. in the Old Peace Chapel at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. In addition to the presentations, guests may visit with “Lila” from 12-5 p.m. to hear her other compelling stories. Presentations by and visits with “Lila” are free. Pre-registration is required.

LOCATION TIME DATE

DB 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

DB 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 12 DB 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 9

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Free
AGE FEE All ages
LECTURE
AGE FEE 12 and up Free LOCATION TIME DATE HM
HM
HERITAGE MUSEUM
SERIES
2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Grab a friend and join us in designing a charcuterie board at the Landhaus at The Park at New Melle Lakes! Learn how to make arrangements, choose delicious pairings and make edible art. After creating your masterpiece, you can take your platter home and share with family and friends… or not! We won’t judge! All food will be provided, but please be mindful of your allergies as there will be dairy and nut products on site. There also will be tastings from local vendors. Participants 21 and over are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. Cost is $25 per person; pre-registration is required.

BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS

On a cold winter’s morning, there’s nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll. Your choice, of course, would depend upon whether you’re a bird or a human! So, while the birds feed outside on the seeds, we’ll enjoy coffee and sweet rolls inside and discuss common winter birds in Missouri. You’ll learn how to identify feathered friends like woodpeckers and sparrows and rare winter birds, like the snowy owl and red-breasted nuthatch. Pre-registration is required.

Get a dose of Missouri history when you experience an inspirational walk back in time at A Visit with Daniel and Rebecca Boone. As you tour the historic home where the Boones once lived, you will meet and visit with these famous Missourians portrayed by Colonel Robert Pecoraro and his wife, Shirley, National Association for Interpretation Volunteer Award winners. Daniel and Rebecca’s lives were filled with joy, happiness, hardship, and tragedy, yet they survived and persevered as partners for 56 years. The interpreters will discuss life on the frontier and you’ll view a collection of original antique weapons and accoutrements from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Admission to the Boone Home is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 60 and up, and $5 for children ages 5–12. Active and retired military and children 4 and under are free.

A VISIT WITH DANIEL AND REBECCA BOONE AGE

DB 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

DB 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Home Admission: $5-$8
FEE All ages Boone
LOCATION TIME DATE
March 4
Saturday,
Saturday, April 15
AGE FEE 15 and up $25 per person LOCATION TIME DATE NM 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 AGE FEE 7 and up Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR - Visitor Center 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
CHARCUTERIE BOARD CLASS

LITTLE

NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM

Children 5 and under love becoming little explorers as they learn and play in the park! Bring your adventurous tots out this spring for a short hike, story time and activities. Each month, Park Rangers teach children about new topics such as birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and more! The cost is $3 for each monthly program. Children should dress for the weather and must be accompanied by an adult during the entire program. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

AGE

PIONEER WOMEN: SUGARING SEASON

Pioneer women held many roles on the frontier, several of which differed with the seasons. This winter, visit The Historic Daniel Boone Home for a hands-on experience finishing off maple sugaring while cooking, sewing and chatting fireside. We’ll even sample some of the day’s cooking successes! Space is limited; cost is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather!

LOCATION TIME DATE

BR - Visitor Center 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8

BR - Visitor Center 10-11 a. m. Wednesday, April 5

5 and under $3 *Watch for our Summer and Fall Park Activity Guide for future dates.

BR - Visitor Center 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26

March 12

JOURNAL

Come on out to The Historic Daniel Boone Home to hear written accounts of frontier life that have been preserved over time while learning how to make your own leather journal to take home. Park Rangers will provide all the supplies needed for your journal-making and guide you in creating your first entry from the setting of the beautiful historic village. Space is limited; cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required.

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FEE
$20
AGE FEE Women, 16 and up
per person LOCATION TIME DATE DB 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday,
AGE FEE 12 and up $10 per person LOCATION TIME DATE DB 12-2:30
MAKING
p.m. Saturday, March 18

NATURE ARTS AND CRAFTS:

Get creative with nature! Adults and children ages 6 and up will make a variety of arts and crafts from natural elements and recycled materials. Meet Park Rangers at the Broemmelsiek Visitors Center, where you’ll receive supplies and instructions to make beautiful artistic creations. In this session, we will be crafting surprisingly convincing trees from just a paper bag! You can decorate them however you wish as we start looking forward to spring! This kid-friendly program is $2 per person; pre-registration is required.

PIONEER WOMEN: HEARTH, SONG, AND SEW

Pioneer women held many different roles on the frontier. Much of their work was hard and tedious, yet many made the best of it through music, ingenuity, and friendships. Join other women in this hands-on hearth cooking, music making and sewing program at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. Space is limited; cost is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Interested in starting a garden this spring? Join our Park Rangers at the Broemmelsiek Visitor Center for a beginner’s class on how to get the most out of your vegetable garden or the process of starting up a beautiful pollinator garden of your own! Pre-registration is required.

FIELD METHODS IN ECOLOGY

Ecology is a discipline of wildlife science that seeks to understand the relationship of plants and animals to one another as well as the landscape that supports them. Field Methods in Ecology is a field course designed to teach budding young biologists and other interested parties the basics of wildlife fieldwork. You will learn about various methods of sampling, such as coverboard and transect surveys for reptiles, aquatic trapping for fish and amphibians, and spot count surveys for birds. Throughout the hike, participants will make observations and collect data, which will be discussed and analyzed as if participating in a real-life biological field study. Pre-registration is required.

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AGE FEE 14 and up Free LOCATION TIME DATE KL 10
a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, April 20
AGE FEE Women, 16 and up $20 per person
TIME
LOCATION
DATE DB 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 15
GET GARDNEING! AGE FEE All ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE BR 11
Saturday,
8
TWISTED
AGE FEE 6 and
$2 per
TIME
a.m.-12 p.m.
April
TREES
up
person LOCATION
DATE BR - Visitor Center 12-2 p.m. Sunday, March 19

EMERGING ARCHER

Archery is safe, fun, and teaches focus, self-control, and discipline. At this program for adults and children 8 and older, participants will learn the basics of archery with the help of Park Rangers. After a time of instructions, put your knowledge to the test while practicing shooting skills using recurve and compound bows. Space is limited! Cost is $2 for each session; pre-registration is required.

Archery is safe, fun, and teaches focus, self-control, and discipline. At this adults-only program, participants will learn the basics of archery with the help of Park Rangers. After a time of instructions, put your knowledge to the test while practicing shooting skills using recurve and compound bows. Space is limited! Cost is $2 for each session; pre-registration is required.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations 15 calendar days or more prior to the start of an activity, camp or program will result in a refund minus a 15 percent processing fee. Refunds are not issued for amounts less than $20. Cancellations 14 calendar days or less from the start of the activity, camp or program will result in no refunds. This information is on your receipt.

During inclement weather, stay up to date on the status of County parks, trails, activities and more through the Rainout Line. Visit stccparks.org to view or sign up for the app, or call 636-707-0011.

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AGE FEE 8 and up $2 per person LOCATION TIME DATE
BR - Shelter 2 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29
AGE FEE 18 and up $2 per person LOCATION TIME DATE
EMERGING ARCHER - ADULTS ONLY
BR - Shelter 2 12-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29

The American Revolutionary War in the West Colonial St. Charles St. Charles in the War of 1812

FAMILY FRIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM

Family Fridays are back at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum! Join Park Staff every second Friday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each Family Friday will have a different program geared toward children and families. Programs may include a story time, tour, craft, game and more!

For special group arrangements call the Heritage Museum at 636-255-6600. 1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, MO 63303 Museum Hours: Monday-Tuesday: Closed Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 12-5 p.m.
ST. CHARLES COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM CURRENT EXHIBITS:
Image courtesy THGC Publishing.

Volunteer

with the Parks Department

The St. Charles County Parks Department needs volunteers to help with the development and beautification of our parks! We have plenty of volunteer opportunities that can accommodate individuals, families, school groups, businesses and organizations.

If you’re interested in volunteering, visit our website to download a Volunteer Enrollment and Agreement Form or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535 for more information!

Agricultural Education Garden

The Agricultural Education Center at Broemmelsiek Park is a large garden with raised beds for vegetables, medicinal plants, and fruits. Meet our Horticulture team and get introduced to the site 8-11 a.m. on Wednesdays. After that (or if you’re already familiar), you are invited to come out to the garden at any time to work, even when staff is not present.

Watch Dog Program

The Parks Department is thrilled with the tremendous popularity of our off-leash dog areas. Due to their high use rate, we’re seeking volunteers that can assist us in keeping the areas safe and beautiful for years to come. While enjoying the facilities with their pets, volunteers will help ensure that the posted rules are followed and share information with fellow dog lovers on proper park etiquette, health care, and safety issues. Watch Dog volunteers will have the training to spot aggressive dogs, identify unsafe situations and inform us of their findings. If you are interested, contact Ranger Ashley Maue at dogparkwatch@sccmo.org.

Trail Work Days

The Parks Department schedules periodic maintenance work days to keep our natural trails in pristine condition throughout the year. During scheduled work days, help remove downed trees, level worn paths, and remove barriers. Prior experience is not necessary to participate, as you’ll receive instruction on proper use and safety led by experienced supervisors. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and bring a pair of gloves. Lunch is provided to all who lend a helping hand.

Other Opportunities:

• Special event staffing

• General clean-up within the park boundaries

• Lake, stream and river-bed clean-up

• Habitat building / maintenance (birdhouse construction, etc.)

• Horticulture and forestry assistance (mulching, weeding, etc.)

• Wildflower seed collection and sowing

• Interpretive program presentation

• Historical collection, preservation, and interpretation

• Additional projects as proposed by the organization

ATHLETICS & COMPETITIVE

WASHERS TOURNAMENT

Competitive teams are forming now for our annual Washers Tournament at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame at Quail Ridge Park. Test your skills against the area’s best players as teams compete for cash prizes. Registration and practice time is 10:30 -11:45 a.m., the day of the event; tournament begins at noon. Players must be at least 16 years old. Cost is $25 (cash only) per team of two and day-of registration only. Food and drink are available for purchase. Spectators are welcome.

INDOOR DISC GOLF PUTTING LEAGUE

Keep your disc golf skills sharp this winter by joining the St. Charles County Parks Department and the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club every Tuesday night in January and February for the Indoor Disc Golf Putting League at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame building at Quail Ridge Park. Participants of all abilities will have the chance to putt five times at each basket and get in three rounds at each station, while earning points toward Smokin Ace’s vouchers and cash prizes. Points for each station will be determined by distance and difficulty. Divisions include Pro, Amateur, Women, and Juniors. Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or drinks are allowed. Cost is $10 (cash only) per week per player; children ages 12 and under are free.

AGE FEE 16 and older $25 per team of two LOCATION TIME DATE QR 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28

SHAMROCKIN’ & ROLLERBLADIN’

Calling all rollerblade fans! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced blader, join us at Shamrockin’ & Rollerbladin’ at St. Charles County Kinetic Park to learn all things rollerblading with a St. Patty’s Day twist! Bring your blades, helmet and wear something green. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required.

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LOCATION TIME DATE
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
AGE FEE All Ages $10 per person per week
$10
KN
AGE FEE All Ages
per person LOCATION TIME DATE
6-8 p.m. Friday, March 10

LATE SKATE FOOD DRIVE

Give back to your community by joining us for Late Skate Food Drive at St. Charles County Kinetic Park. Riders must bring two items of canned food to donate to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne. In return, participants will have access to Kinetic Park after hours, 8-10 p.m. A parent-signed waiver and helmets are required to ride. For more information, call the park at 636-561-4964.

Grab your bike, a light and hit the trails at night! Join St. Louis Area Mountain Bikers (SLAMB) and Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC) for a new season of night rides in our parks. These challenging rides are free and are open to experienced cyclists. All riders must wear a helmet and have a 600-lumen light to participate. Check the Rainout Line at 636-707-0011 for the program status before heading to the park on the day of the event.

Load up your bike and let’s go! This Park Ranger-led, 26-hour bikepacking trip begins at Bike Stop Café in downtown St. Charles and will take you 25 miles along the historic Katy Trail to scenic Klondike Park in Augusta. After arriving at the park, riders set up camp for the night. In the morning, everyone rides back to St. Charles together. Riders must be 16 years of age and older to participate and bring their own food and camping equipment. This ride is rain-or-shine and guaranteed to be a good time! The cost is $10 to cover the campsite and firewood. Pre-registration is required.

Bangert Island Park

Broemmelsiek Park College Meadows

Indian Camp Creek Park Kinetic Park

Quail Ridge Park

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BI BR CM IC KN QR LOCATION
FEE
Ages 2 canned food items
TIME DATE
AGE
All
LOCATION
KN 8-10 p.m. Friday, March 24
AGE FEE 16 and older $10 per person LOCATION TIME DATE KL 10 a.m. - next day March 25-26
MARCH BIKEPACKING OVERNIGHT
NIGHT
SPRING AGE FEE All Ages Free LOCATION TIME DATE IC 8-11 p.m. Friday, April 7 BR
Friday, April 21
MOUNTAIN BIKE
RIDES -
8-11 p.m.

Bring a partner and join us for our second annual College Meadows Disc Golf Doubles Glow tournament at College Meadows Park. This 18-hole contest features illuminated baskets to mark the course of mixed short and long holes that travel in and out of the woods and open fairways. Cash payouts and Closest to Pin prizes will be awarded. The event is limited to 36 teams. Cost is $20 (cash only) per team and day-of registration only; a limited amount of LED lights will be available for purchase. Both partners must be present to register. Registration is 7-8 p.m., and the competition kicks off at 8:15 p.m. with a shotgun start.

For women who like mountain biking and brunch, this event is for you! You’ll meet Park Rangers at Bangert Island Park, where you’ll ride 4 miles of natural surface trails throughout the park alongside the Missouri River. Then you’ll bike the 1-mile trail into town to enjoy brunch at the Bike Stop Café, and afterward, ride back to Bangert Island. Bring funds for brunch. Mountain bike and helmet required. Pre-registration is required.

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COLLEGE MEADOWS DISC GOLF DOUBLES GLOW AGE FEE All Ages $20 per team LOCATION TIME DATE CM 8:15 p.m. Friday, April 21
BRUNCH AND BANGERT
ONLY AGE FEE 18 and older Free LOCATION TIME DATE BI 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations 15 calendar days or more prior to the start of an activity, camp or program will result in a refund minus a 15 percent processing fee. Refunds are not issued for amounts less than $20. Cancellations 14 calendar days or less from the start of the activity, camp or program will result in no refunds. This information is on your receipt.
inclement weather, stay up to date on the status of County parks, trails, activities and more through the Rainout Line.
to view or sign up
the app,
- LADIES
During
Visit stccparks.org
for
or call 636-707-0011.

Paddle

Camping at

Rental Costs: • $20 per session per stand-up paddleboard • $20 per session per kayak • $30 per session per tandem kayak
Share Rentals Broemmelsiek Park • Klondike Park • The Park at New Melle Lakes
Riverside Landing
Riverside Landing Park has 13 large (54’ concrete pad) and five small (34’ concrete pad) camp sites with electric hookups, picnic tables and fire rings. Electric camp sites are $25 per night, per site with a two-night minimum stay. Each site has a six-person capacity. To make a reservation, call the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535. The park also has a new playground, a scenic overlook, and free boat ramp. The boat ramp is an access point on the newly opened Dardenne Creek Blueway, the first of a five Phase Plan for St. Charles County. Adventure out on the 3.5-mile trip! 101 Riverport Lane, St. Charles, MO
Riverside Landing
Park
Enhance and conduct programs Implement services Construct facilities Purchase property YOUR DONATIONS PROVIDE THE FINANCIAL RESOUCES NEEDED TO: DONATE TODAY! SUPPORT THE ST. CHARLES COUNTY PARKS FOUNDATION 636-949-7535 • sccmo.org/ParksFoundation • ParksFoundation@sccmo.org SCAN HERE: Commemorative Pavers $100 Commemorative Bench $2,500 Commemorative Tree $300 - $400
636-949-7535 • stccparks.org