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Outdoor Adventure Guide www.stlouisco.com/parks (314) 615-4FUN

Spring/Summer 2014

What’s Inside.... Calendar of Events

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Fly Fishing courses

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Fishing events

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Adventures on the Water

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Adventures on Wheels

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30/30 Hikes Program

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Adventures on Foot

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Evening & Overnight Adventures

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10/10 Bikes Program

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Outdoor Classrooms

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Archery Information

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Scout & Youth Programs

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Junior Ranger Program

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Go Ape Treetop Adventure

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Team Challenge Courses

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Hidden Treasures of County Parks

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Program Policies The use or possession of any non-prescription drug or alcohol is prohibited at all seminars, events and trips. The program or trip leader’s decision is final in all related matters. Most programs and trips are conducted regardless of weather, however activities may be canceled for safety reasons.

Accessibility For accommodations you may need to make a program accessible, call (314) 615-4386 or (314) 615-7840 TTY or (800) 735-2966. Notice of 48 hours (2 business days) is needed for sign language interpreters.

Program Registration & Refund Policy Each program description gives information on how to register for that particular program. Most programs require advance registration, though some only have tickets available at the door the day of the event. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Any refund request received 30 days or more prior to the reservation date will receive a full refund less a $20 processing charge. There will be no refund or credit granted for requests received within 29 days of the program. Programs canceled by St. Louis County will receive a full refund. Some programs have stricter guidelines for both refunds and cancellations. Additional information will be provided for those programs during the registration process.

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Photography Policy St. Louis County Parks occasionally takes photographs of participants in park programs, classes or events for marketing purposes. Please feel free to let our staff know if you do not want your photo or your child’s photo taken and/or used for the purpose of marketing. Community members are also welcome to submit their own photos via our Facebook page or via email to ariehn@stlouisco.com.

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All pursuit of waterborne wildlife is governed by the Missouri State Wildlife Code as prescribed in STLCoOrd.616.045. Fishing is permitted during times when parks are officially open to public use. Creel limits and special rules are set by the Missouri Conservation Department, often on a lake-by-lake basis and are posted at County Parks lakes. River fishing rules are contained in the Missouri Wildlife Code. Special rules and permits are required for all trout fishing, and this information is posted at the appropriate lakes. Trout fishing is currently offered at Tilles and Suson County Parks. Three poles are allowed per person except during winter trout season. Gig and long bow fishing is prohibited. Seining/collecting of bait is prohibited. Trot lines, limb lines, throw lines and jug fishing is prohibited in St. Louis County Park lakes. Frogs may be taken with pole and line only. Rivers bordering St. Louis County Parks are under the jurisdiction of the State of Missouri and all regulations are contained in the Missouri Wildlife Code.

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Sioux Passage

Fort Bellefontaine

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St. Charles County

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Spanish Lake

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Veteran's Memorial

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364 £ ¤

Bella Fontaine

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Creve Coeur

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§ ¦ ¨ 170

§ ¦ ¨ 270

St. Louis County

340 £ ¤

St. Louis City

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Tilles

Queeny 67 £ ¤

100 £ ¤

Simpson Sherman Beach

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Elk

West Tyson

Unger George Winter

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Suson

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Cliff Cave

Meramec

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Bee Tree

Park Name

Body of Water

Park Name

Body of Water

Sherman Beach

Meramec River

Cliff Cave

Mississippi River

West Tyson

Meramec River

Tilles

Tilles Pond

Lone Elk*

Lone Elk Lake

Queeny

Jarville Pond & 3 other ponds

Buder

Meramec River

Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur Lake

Simpson

Simpson Lake & Meramec River

Spanish Lake

Spanish & Sunfish Lake

Unger

Unger Lake & Meramec River

Bella Fontaine

Fontaine Lake

George Winter

Meramec River

Veterans Memorial

Black Jack Lake

Suson

Suson Ponds (4)

Fort Belle Fontaine

Missouri River

Lower Meramec

Meramec River

Sioux Passage

Missouri River

Bee Tree

Bee Tree Lake

* By reservation only

Calendar of Events February

May

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Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

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Skywatch Cliff Cave Park................................12

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Fly Fishing MO Trout GRC..................................................6

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Skywatch (rain out date only) Cliff Cave Park................................12 Family Fishing Derby NCRC................................................8

March 4

Fly Fishing Techniques GRC..................................................6

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Reading the Water for Trout GRC..................................................7

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Winter Dog Walk Queeny.............................................11

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St. Patty’s Day Float Meramec River...................................9

Trail Watch Orientation GRC................................................16

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19

Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

Youth Fishing Lessons Simpson Park....................................8

10

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Breakfast Hike Lone Elk...........................................11

Late Night Fishing various locations................................7

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Yappy Night Dog Walk Queeny Park....................................11

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Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

April 5

Catch & Keep Bass Fishing Lone Elk Park....................................8

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Youth Fishing Lessons Suson Park........................................8

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Brunch Bike Ride Creve Couer Park...........................10 Scavenge Through the Night Laumeier..........................................12

June 5

Adult Easter Egg Hunt Jefferson Barracks...........................13

Blast Off for Fun Lone Elk..........................................14

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Adult Easter Egg Hunt Jefferson Barracks...........................13

Blast Off for Fun Buder...............................................14

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Bring Your Own Boat Creve Coeur......................................9

Vertical Vistas Queeny Park...................................14 Late Night Fishing various locations................................7

Full Moon Paddle/Bike/Walk Creve Coeur......................................9 14

Biking in the Moonlight Grant Trail........................................10

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Youth Fishing Lessons Suson Park........................................8

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Trail Watch Orientation ACC.................................................16

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Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

Youth Fishing Day Camp (through 6/20) - Queeny Park..........................8

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Youth Fishing Lessons Simpson Park....................................8

Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

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Night in the Wild Lone Elk Park..................................12

Intro to Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15

Late Night Fishing various locations................................7

Intermediate Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15

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July 7

Youth Fishing Day Camp (through 7/11) - Queeny Park..........................8

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Bring Your Own Boat Creve Coeur.......................................9

Intermediate Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15 Bring Your Own Boat Simpson.............................................9

Full Moon Paddle Creve Coeur.......................................9

Full Moon Paddle Simpson.............................................9

Full Moon Bike Ride & Walk Creve Coeur.....................................10

Full Moon Bike Ride & Walk Simpson...........................................10

Yappy Night Dog Walk Queeny.............................................11 12

Late Night Fishing various locations................................7 Bring Your Own Boat Simpson.............................................9 Full Moon Paddle Simpson.............................................9

Intro to Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15

Biking in the Moonlight Creve Coeur....................................10 20

Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

September 6

Bring Your Own Boat Creve Coeur......................................9

Full Moon Bike Ride & Walk Simpson...........................................10

Full Moon Paddle Creve Coeur......................................9

Cliff Cave Capers Cliff Cave.........................................14

Full Moon Bike Ride Creve Coeur....................................10

Overnight Fishing Simpson.............................................8

Biking in the Moonlight St. Vincent.......................................10

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Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

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Yappy Night Dog Walk Queeny.............................................11

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Intro to Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15

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Late Night Fishing various locations................................7

Intermediate Archery Jefferson Barracks...........................15 23

Youth Fishing Lessons Suson Park........................................8

August

Better Winter Birdfeeding Suson Park......................................14 16

Youth Fishing Lessons Suson Park........................................8

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Moonlight Mountain Biking Lone Elk Park..................................10

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National Night Out Spanish Lake...................................13

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Late Night Fishing various locations................................7

Youth Fishing Lessons Suson Park........................................8

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Skywatch Sioux Passage.................................12

Scavenge Through the Night Queeny............................................13

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Cliff Cave Capers Cliff Cave.........................................14

Skywatch (rain date only) Sioux Passage.................................12

Great Outdoors Day Antire Valley.....................................14

Fly Fishing University: Tips & Tricks Our fly fishing seminars offer the best way to learn new techniques from experts in order to improve your chances for a good fishing season. These programs will be presented at Greensfelder Recreation Complex (GRC) in Queeny Park. Advance registration is suggested for most programs. Some programs only offer tickets at the door on the day of the event. For more information about any of these programs, call (314) 615-4FUN.

Introduction to Fly Tying

This four-night class will teach you all you need to know to enjoy a lifetime of creating your own flies for trout, panfish and bass. This course includes all materials and supplies and use of all necessary equipment. Expert tiers from the Ozark Fly fishers will teach the course. Advance registration required. Cost is $40 per person. Day Mondays

Date 1/13 - 2/3

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Intermediate Fly Tying

This eight-hour class is for tiers that have mastered the basics. Eight different fly patterns will be taught by the Ozark Fly fishers. All materials, tools and equipment are provided during the class. Participants should bring a fly box for transport of their finished flies. Advanced registration is required. Cost is $40 per person. Day Date Mondays 2/17 - 3/17* * No class on March 10

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Fly Fishing Techniques

This seminar is designed for the fly fisher who has a working knowledge of casting, knots, and fly patterns. Topics include presentation, wading, playing and releasing fish. Cost is $6 per person and tickets will only be available at the door the evening of the event. Day Tuesday

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Date 3/4

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

25 Best Flies for Missouri Trout

The trout are everywhere. What should I use?...This class will help you fill your fly box with the best possible options for fishing Missouri’s trout waters. The where, when and what of successful trout fishing with the fly will be the focus of this must see presentation. Cost is $6 per person. Tickets are only available at the door the night of the event. Day Tuesday

Date 1/21

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Fly Fishing Missouri Trout Parks

This two-hour program will examine the trout parks of Missouri including Meramec Springs, Montauk, Bennett Springs and Roaring River by reviewing the parts of the streams, fishing regulations, rods, reels, lines, flies, and other equipment. Riggings, presentation and casting techniques will also be covered. The program will conclude with a look at the park hatches, a review of stream insects and suggestions on restaurants and lodging. Cost is $6 per person and tickets will only be available at the door the night of the event. Day Thursday

Date 2/20

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Reading the Water for Trout

It is often said that 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish! Smart anglers know that 90% of the fish are in just 10% of the water. This Ozark Fly Fisher’s course will help you break down the sections of a stream and identify the most likely holding places for fish. Cost is $6 per person and tickets will only be available at the door the evening of the event. Day Thursday

Date 3/13

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Intro to Fly Fishing

The Ozark Fly Fishers introduce you to fly angling in this comprehensive four-meeting class. Each night learn about another aspect of the great sport of fly fishing. This is the perfect start for budding fly anglers. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 6154386. Cost is $40 per person. Day Date Thursdays 3/27 - 4/17

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Intermediate Fly Casting (Tilles) Beginning Fly Casting (Tilles Park) This three-part class is for those who have This two-part class is for beginners wishing to learn the intricacies of the basic cast. Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructors will teach you the casting techniques to get you started in fly casting. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Day Date Tuesdays 4/8 - 4/15

Time 7 - 8 p.m.

mastered the basic cast and is not for beginners. Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructors will teach advanced casting techniques including the mend, wiggle and double haul casts. Advanced registration is required. Cost is $40 per person. Day Thursdays

Date 5/1 - 5/15

Time 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Fishing 101: Practice Makes Perfect Catch & Release Fishing

The lake at Lone Elk Park has a reputation for having tons of bass, huge bluegill and great crappie. Fishing is available by reservation and is for catch and release only. Artificial lures must be used, no live or cut bait allowed. Your reservation fee provides you with a two-seat boat and paddles; you must provide your own trolling motor and battery. Only two boats are available each day. Bank fishing is not allowed. Call (314) 615-4FUN to make a reservation. Ages 16+

Fee $30/boat

Location Lone Elk Park

Day F-M F-M

Date Time Apr - Jun 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept - Oct 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Late Night Fishing

On the 2nd Saturday of the month, AprilOctober, Suson, Simpson, and Spanish Lake Parks stay open until 11 p.m. for late night fishing. Bring your poles, baits and lanterns and fish until the wee hours. Fishing is permitted from the bank only. Ages All Ages

Fee Free

Location Various locations

Day 2nd Sat.

Date 4/12 - 10/11

Time 6 - 11 p.m.

Additional copies of this Guide are available in our Clayton office or at any of our Recreation Complexes. For the location nearest you, visit www.stlouisco.com/parks. An electronic, searchable version of our Outdoor Adventure Guide can also be found on our website!

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Catch & Keep Bass Fishing

For one day only, keep up to 4 bass under 12” long. No bank fishing is allowed and a state fishing license is required. Canoes are on site. Artificial lures must be used, no live or cut bait allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee $30/boat

Location Lone Elk Park

Day Saturday

Date 4/5

Time 4 - 7 p.m.

Youth Fishing Lessons

Join a Park Ranger to learn the basics of fishing. Learn how to tie knots, identify a variety of fish species and rig fishing poles for a safe and successful fishing experience. Fishing equipment will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 7-15

Fee $6/child

Location Suson Park (Rearing Pond)

Day Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday

Date 4/8 4/15 7/23 9/16 9/23

Time 4:30 - 6 p.m. 4:30 - 6 p.m. 7 - 7 p.m. 4:30 - 6 p.m. 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Ages 7-15

Fee $6/child

Day Wednesday Wednesday

Date 4/23 5/7

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Location Simpson Park (Blue Heron Shelter) Time 5 - 7 p.m. 5 - 7 p.m.

Family Fishing Derby

Bring your family out to the lake for a morning fishing derby. Using your own equipment and bait you can win a prize. State fishing license required. Advance registration is requested by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee Location $6/person No Co Rec Ctr

Day Saturday

Date 5/3

Time 9 - 11 a.m.

Youth Fishing Day Camps

St. Louis’ only “fishing” day camp is a big hit with kids! Park Rangers conduct the camp where children spend the week learning to be good anglers. Each day the group will venture out to a new fishing location. Meet in front of the Greensfelder Recreation Complex off of the Weidman Road entrance. Meet promptly at 8:30 a.m. Fishing equipment will be provided. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 8-15

Fee Location $150/person Queeny Park

Day M-F M-F

Date 6/16 - 6/20 7/7 - 7/11

Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Overnight Fishing

This is a rare opportunity to fish all night. A Park Ranger will be on site throughout the evening to assist. Canoes will be available to check-out for an additional fee. Coffee provided. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee $10/person

Day Date Sat. - Sun 7/12 - 7/13

Location Simpson Park Time 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Adventures on the Water St. Patty’s Day Float

Rangers will lead this 7-mile float that will slip past rich forests, steep hillsides and towering bluffs. Participants will meet at the boat launch at Castlewood State Park and travel to the put-in at Route 66 State Park. Bring a lunch, water, binoculars and other personal items you will need for this all day float. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 8+

Fee Location $40/canoe Meramec River

Day Monday

Date 3/17

Time 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bring Your Own Boat

Bring your own boat (no motors) and join us for a rare opportunity to paddle a canoe or kayak after hours. Includes hot dogs, a beverage and a bonfire complete with marshmallows to roast. Advance registration is suggested by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee Location $6/person Creve Coeur Park (Tremayne Shelter)

Day Date Saturday 6/13 Friday 7/11 Saturday 9/6* *Taco Bell Shelter

Time 7 - 10 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m.

Ages All Ages

Fee Location $6/person Simpson Park

Day Saturday Saturday

Date 7/12 8/16

Full Moon Paddle

Enjoy the opportunity to paddle a canoe on Creve Coeur Lake after hours. Fee includes canoe rental, hot dogs, beverages, and a bonfire complete with marshmallows to roast. Meet at Tremayne Shelter (*Taco Bell). Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 7+

Fee Location $25/canoe Creve Coeur Lake

Day Friday Friday Friday Friday Saturday Saturday

Date 6/13 6/13 7/11 7/11 9/6* 9/6*

Time 7 - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m.

Full Moon Paddle

This is a rare opportunity to paddle a canoe on Simpson Lake by the light of the full moon. Includes canoe rental, hot dogs, beverages and a bonfire complete with marshmallows to roast. Meet at Blue Heron Shelter. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 6154386. Ages 7+

Fee Location $25/canoe Simpson Park

Day Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday

Date 7/12 7/12 8/16 8/16

(Blue Heron Shelter)

Time 7 - 10 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m.

Creve Coeur Park

Time 7 - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10 p.m.

Adventures on Wheels Moonlight Mountain Biking

On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, ride the Chubb Trail after dark. Start your ride from the Lone Elk Park-Chubb Trailhead and ride at your own pace. This is not a guided tour. This steep and narrow trail is suggested for advanced to expert riders only. High intensity bicycle lights of at least 200 lumens are recommended. Program presented in cooperation with Sunset Cyclery. Helmets required for ages 16 and under. Call (314) 615-4FUN for more information. Ages All Ages

Fee Free

Location Lone Elk Park

Day 3rd Wed 3rd Wed 3rd Wed

Date Jan - Mar Apr - Oct Nov - Dec

Time 7 - 10 p.m. 8 - 11 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m.

Biking in the Moonlight

Full Moon Bike Ride & Walk

Explore our beautiful trails by foot or bike at this unique after-hours program. Fee includes a bonfire with marshmallows and a hot dog roast. Participants must have a flashlight; bikers must have a mounted light on their bike. Helmets required for ages 16 and under. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee Location $6/person Creve Coeur Park (Tremayne Shelter)

Day Date Saturday 6/13 Friday 7/11 Saturday 9/6* * Taco Bell Shelter Ages All Ages

Time 7 - 10 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m.

Fee Location $6/person Simpson Park

This ride, led by a park ranger, will tour three (Blue Heron Shelter) different trails in St. Louis County Parks that Day Date Time are approximately 10 miles long. Glow-inSaturday 7/12 7 - 10 p.m. the-dark bike gear and flashing lights are Saturday 8/16 7 - 10 p.m encouraged and headlights and reflectors are required. Helmets are required for those Brunch Bike Ride 16 and under. Please bring water. Advance Ride the trail link at Creve Coeur Park to registration is required by calling the Katy Trail and then follow the Katy into (314) 615-4386. historic St. Charles. A total distance of 22 Ages Fee Location miles. An early lunch will be served at the 12+ $6/person Varies Winery of the Little Hills. Participants will meet at the Lakehouse Restaurant in Creve Day Date Time Coeur Park; Helmets required for ages 16 Saturday 6/14 9 - 11 p.m. and under. Bikers should bring plenty of Grant Trail (meet in water. Advance registration is required by Clydesdale Park) calling (314) 615-4386. Saturday 8/16 8:30 - 10:30 p.m

Saturday 9/6

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Creve Coeur Park (meet at Tremayne Shelter) 8 - 10 p.m. St. Vincent Park (meet in the community center parking lot)

Ages Fee Location All Ages $17/person Creve Coeur Park Day Date Saturday 5/3 Saturday 10/18

Time 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Adventures on Foot Winter Dog Walk in Queeny Park

Bring your dog to Queeny for an evening walk through our winter landscape. Get a new perspective on the park and enjoy the night’s sights and sounds. You and your pet must be able to walk 4 miles. Meet on the Mason Rd side of the park and bring a light source. All dogs must be leashed. Advanced registration requested by calling (314) 615-4386.

Yappy Night Dog Walk

Come out to Queeny Park where night time is for the dogs this summer. Bring man’s (or woman’s) best friend for a 4-mile stroll through the park’s trails. All dogs must be leashed. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Meet on the Mason Rd. side of the park. Advance registration is requested by calling (314) 615-4386

Ages All Ages

Fee Location $5/person Queeny Park

Ages All Ages

Fee Location $5/person Queeny Park

Day Friday

Date 3/14

Day Friday Friday Friday

Date 5/16 7/11 9/12

Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Breakfast Hike in Lone Elk

Time 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Come out and have breakfast with the animals. Meet at Lone Elk Visitor Center and enjoy a full breakfast, then walk-off your meal with a self-guided hike on the White Bison trail. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee Location $8/person Lone Elk Park

Day Saturday

Date 3/22

Time 8 - 11 a.m.

Lone Elk Park

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Evening & Overnight Adventures Sky Watch - Meteor Showers

Looking for a nice, dark place to watch a meteor shower? Here’s your chance to watch one in your County Parks! Come out for a special opportunity to be in the park after dark. Bring your chair and watch the skies for a beautiful show of nature. A Park Ranger will be on site at all times. May date will feature the Aquarid Shower and the Perseid Shower will show in August. Program is subject to sky conditions; Saturdays will be the backup date in case of cloudy or rainy conditions on Fridays. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee $5/person

Location Varies

Day Friday

Date 5/2

Saturday Friday

5/3* 8/15

Time 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Cliff Cave Park Cliff Cave 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sioux Passage

Group Campground

Saturday 8/16* * Make up dates

Sioux Passage

Night In the Wild - Camping

Bring your family, friends, scouts or group to this exciting and rare experience. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lone Elk Park during an overnight camp out. Brush up on canoeing, forestry, naturalist and hiking skills. Scout badge requirements will be met. The required adult/child ratio is 1:6. Check in at the Visitor’s Center between 2-3 p.m. Camping areas will be assigned. Evening meal and breakfast is on your own. Check out time will be 10 a.m. on Sunday. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-8472. Ages All Ages

Fee $12/person

Location Lone Elk Park

Day Sa - Su

Date 4/26-4/27

Time 2 p.m. - 10 a.m.

Scavenge Through the Night Adults Only Make art an adventure! Join us on a scavenger hunt at Laumeier Sculpture Park. This is an adult-only BYOB event. The evening begins with dinner followed by a hunt through the park. Prizes will be awarded to the best teams. Meet at the west entrance parking lot and bring a flashlight and pencil. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 21+

Fee Location $16/person Laumeier

Day Date Saturday 5/3

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Cliff Cave Park

Time 7 - 10 p.m.

National Night Out

Join the St. Louis County Park Rangers and celebrate National Night Out with your friends and neighbors at Spanish Lake Park. Enjoy a hayride around the park or take a relaxing canoe ride on the lake. All canoe safety equipment is provided. No advance registration is required. Call (314) 615-4386 for more information. Ages All Ages

Fee Free

Location Spanish Lake Park

Day Tuesday

Date 8/5

Time 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Scavenge Through the Night

Explore the trails of Queeny Park at night by following clues that will lead you to a bonfire with s’mores and prizes. At a secret time during the evening you’ll enjoy a hay wagon ride through the park. Meet on the Mason Road side of the park. Hunt starts promptly at 7 p.m. Participants must bring a flashlight, notepad and pencil and be able to walk 2 miles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages All Ages

Fee $10/person

Location Queeny Park

Day Friday

Date 9/26

Time 7 - 10 p.m.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt! Search Jefferson Barracks Park at night for eggs redeemable for prizes! Food trucks are also on site for food and beverage purchases. Registration opens on January 8. Please call (314) 615-5572.

10/10 Bikes Program Our 10/10 Bikes is meant to encourage our citizens to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle recreational opportunity. For a list of the 10 trails that are 10 miles long, visit www.stlouisco.com/parks.

April 11 & 12 8 - 10 p.m. $8/person*

*18 and up only

Join us for Farm Fridays at Suson Park!

Pony rides, hayrides, barn tours, face painting, candle making and more! Cost is $8/child if registered three weeks in advance. Thereafter is $10/child. Adults are free. For reservations call (314) 615-8822.  May 2  May 16  June 6  June 20  September 12 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Join Our Outdoor Classrooms Vertical Vistas

Climb high in Queeny Park! This tree climbing experience will give you a unique view of your surroundings from a treetop canopy. Participants will ascend using ropes and harnesses. All equipment and training will be provided by a certified instructor. This is a strenuous activity that will require good physical conditioning. Must wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet on the Mason Rd side of Queeny Park. Pre-registration required by calling (314) 615-4FUN. Ages 12+

Fee $30/person

Location Queeny Park

Day Saturday

Date 4/12

Time 9 a.m. - Noon

Cliff Cave Capers

Explore Cliff Cave with a Park Ranger. Learn about the cave’s history, geology and see the animals that call the cave home. Participants should be prepared to get wet and muddy and bring a flashlight. No sandals or open toed shoes. Do not bring any equipment or wear clothing that has been used in any other cave. They will not be allowed in Cliff Cave. We will provide helmets and caving lights. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 7+

Fee $7/person

Location Cliff Cave Park

Day Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday

Date 7/12 7/12 9/27 9/27

Time 10 a.m. - Noon 1 - 3 p.m. 10 a.m. - Noon 1 - 3 p.m.

Better Winter Birdfeeding

Blast Off for Fun

Learn how to build and launch your own model rocket with a St. Louis County Park Ranger. Participants will learn how rockets are built, launched and recovered. Model rocket kit, supplies and launch equipment will be provided. Students will build their own rockets the first day and launch the rockets the second day. Students should bring a lunch for the first day only. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 7-12

Fee Location $25/person Lone Elk Park Visitor’s Center (day 1) Buder Park Airfield (day 2)

Day Date Thursday 6/5 Friday

6/6

Time 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Lone Elk) 8 - 10 a.m. (Buder)

Great Outdoors Day

Join the St. Louis County Parks Department and the Missouri Department of Conservation to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. This event will take place at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and in Antire Valley Park. A variety of vendor displays and demonstrations will bring the outdoors to you. Great event for scouts! Call (636) 938-9548 for more information. Ages All Ages

Fee Free

Location Antire Valley Park

Day Saturday

Date 9/27

Time 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In addition to the basics, learn how to optimize your feeding station to attract the widest variety of Missouri songbirds and woodpeckers. We will also present options for feeding on a budget and explore strategies for discouraging pests such as squirrels and starlings. Meet at Suson Park house. Advanced registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Saturday, September 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Great for all ages, $6 per person

Archery - Introduction (Kids)

Are you interested in learning the basics of archery from equipment to shooting skills? Join the South County Archers at Jefferson Barracks and give archery a try. All bows, arrows, and targets provided. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Classes meet at the Archery Shelter in Jefferson Barracks Park. Ages 8-15

Fee $6/person

Location Jefferson Barracks Park

Day Saturday Saturday Saturday

Date 6/21 7/19 8/16

Time 9 - 10:30 a.m. 9 - 10:30 a.m. 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Archery - Introduction (Adults)

The South County Archers are providing an adult-only introductory class that covers safety, dominant eye targeting, proper shooting form/technique and equipment maintenance and selection. This class also provides hands on practice with individualized assistance from an instructor. Class size is limited. Meet at Archery Shelter near Gregg and Hancock Roads. Advanced registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Ages 15+

Fee Location $6/person Jefferson Barracks Park

Day Saturday

Date 7/19

Time 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Archery - Intermediate (Kids)

Join the South County Archers and improve your archery skills for both hunting and tournament shooting. Participants will learn proper shooting form, fit of equipment and set of your bow to increase target success. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-4386. Classes meet at the Archery Shelter in Jefferson Barracks Park. Ages 8+

Fee Location $6/person Jefferson Barracks Park

Day Saturday Saturday Saturday

Date 6/21 7/19 8/16

Time 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ARCHERY Available at: > Jefferson Barracks > Buder (ADA Accessible)

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South County Archers was formed as a club in 1964 and was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1994. The organization offers a variety of public events, classes and tournaments throughout the year. Membership into the organization is also available. For information, visit their website at www.southcountyarchers.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join the team! Individuals, families and groups will have fun and make friends while giving back to their community by working as a St. Louis County Parks volunteer. For more information call our volunteer coordinator at (314) 615-8VOL (8865) or email sbell@stlouisco.com.

Trail Watch

Trail Watch is a volunteer program in which hikers, cyclist, skaters and equestrians assist park rangers in monitoring the many trails in our St. Louis County parks. Volunteers, identified by their bright vest and ID badge, serve as “extra eyes and ears� to report safety hazards, lost persons or suspicious activity. New volunteers must attend a twohour orientation session and must be 16 years or older. Advance registration required by calling (314) 615-8865 or emailing sbell@stlouisco.com. Day

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday 4/16

7 - 9 p.m. ACC

Tuesday

7 - 9 p.m. GRC

5/6

Wednesday 10/16 7 - 9 p.m. GRC

Bush Honeysuckle Removal Bush honeysuckle is destroying the forest understory by blocking sunlight from other species. Be part of the solution by joining this volunteer initiative to remove bush honeysuckle. Volunteers ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Tools, gloves, water and lunch are provided. Advance registration required by calling (314) 615-8865 or emailing sbell@stlouisco.com. Day

Date

Time

Location

Saturday

4/5

9 a.m. noon

McDonnell Park

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Trail Crew

Participate in a morning of physical labor, helping to maintain and repair trails in County Parks. No experience necessary, training is provided. Tasks may include tree-trimming, erosion control and earth work. Tools, gloves, water and lunch are provided. Volunteers ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required by calling contacting the volunteer coordinator. Day

Date

Time

Location

Saturday 3/8

9 a.m. 1p.m.

Greensfelder Park

Saturday 3/29

9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Rock Hollow Trail

Saturday 4/12

9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Greensfelder Park

Saturday 4/26

9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Rock Hollow Trail

Scout & Youth Programs St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor activities designed for your group. Programs listed below fulfill all necessary requirements to earn the appropriate scouting badge and they are also available to any interested group.

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Two New Aquatic Centers!

Special Request Scout Badge Programs: • Junior Girl Scouts: Geocasher, Animal Habitats •

Brownies: Hiker, Senses

Webelos: Forester, Geologist, Naturalist

Bear Cub: Sharing your World with Wildlife, Take Care of your Planet, Tying it all Up

Wolf Scout: Your Living World

Tiger Scout: Let’s Go Outdoors

We can also help create other programs for your group including: Learn to Canoe, Learn to Fish, Archery, Wildlife/Nature Hikes, Night Hikes and many others. Please e-mail lmacleod@stlouisco.com or call (314) 615-7746 for more information on any of these programs.

Lemay Community & Aquatic Center

NOrth county Aquatic Center

Its not too early to start planning for summer camps! Watch our website for a complete listing and grab a copy of our new summer fun guide!

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Kids...Be a Junior Ranger! Hey kids, if you are 6-12 years old and ready for adventure, join our Junior Ranger Program! All you have to do is visit ten Saint Louis County Parks and find answers to fun scavenger hunt questions. It’s free! What you’ll get: • Official Junior Ranger Badge - Show your badge and get $1.00 off at any of our pools and ice rinks. Only official GOLD Junior Ranger badges will be honored. •

Junior Ranger Certificate

Two vouchers good for free admission to nature programs.

How to play: 1. Print out a fun sheet for each park (located on our website at www.stlouisco.com/ parks). Go to each park, and fill in all the answers to the questions. Save all your fun sheets until you’ve visited all ten parks. 2. When you’ve visited all ten parks, click on the “Junior Ranger Answer Sheet” link. Fill in your answers and contact information and send to Ranger Cranor (instructions on bottom of answer sheet). 3. Once you are finished, you will receive your Junior Ranger packet in the mail. Questions? Ask Ranger Cranor at mcranor@stlouisco.com.

Go Ape Creve Coeur is Missouri’s first and only treetop adventure course. Set within beautiful Upper Creve Coeur Park, the course includes numerous rope ladders, 39 exciting crossings, 2 Tarzan swings, 5 zip lines and the first skateboard zip line in the Midwest! The entire course consists of over 2,624 feet worth of zip lines and obstacles, providing a treetop adventure that is one of a kind in Missouri! For more information, visit www.goape.com

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Did You Know? St. Louis County Parks can provide a unique team building experience for your group!

Whether for scouts, youth groups or business professionals, our Team Challenge Course and Alpine Tower are great ways to build trust, confidence and cohesion within your team. Our trained facilitators can custom design a course based on your team’s goals, needs and abilities. For more information or to schedule a date, call (314) 615-5564.

Explore the Hidden Wonders of St. Louis County Parks Most of us are familiar with the many recreational opportunities afforded us by our St. Louis County Parks. We know them best as places to hike, bike, picnic, play tennis and softball, hockey and volleyball, soccer and other sports. We also know them for their scenic beauty and quiet serenity. But there is so much more to explore in our St. Louis County Parks. We are not the first people to inhabit and enjoy these wonderful natural areas. Many have gone before us and have left their mark, often in hidden and out-of-the-way places. For instance, there used to be an amusement park on the scale of the present Six Flags a hundred years ago in what is now Creve Coeur Park! Remnants of that interesting place are still there and you can see them if you know where to look. Did you know that during WWII there was a highly classified military project at Jefferson Barracks Park that was so secret that the people working on it were locked into their work compound and all amenities were provided for them including a swimming pool for recreation? The old pool is still there and can be found if you know where to look. West Tyson Park was famous among prehistoric Americans as a place where the highest quality flint for arrowheads could be obtained. Did you know that the ancient flint quarries are still there? There’s more wonders to find, both natural and man-made! All you need is an inexpensive Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and the geographic coordinates of the particular feature you are seeking and you’re on your way to the adventure of exploring your St. Louis County Parks! For a listing of the GPS coordinates, visit our website at www.stlouisco.com/parks.

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