New partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation expands nature programming

Residents in the City of St. Louis have a new resource to help them learn about and experience nature!

As part of our mission to join community and conservation, we are partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to help provide educational programming for city residents. MDC makes it a priority to help connect Missourians with nature no matter where they live, including the heart of major metropolitan areas like the City of St. Louis.

MDC will have an office in the Park, where they’ll bring FREE nature and outdoor-based educational programming to our visitors and neighbors.

Tower Grove Park is more than a place of recreation and tranquility, it’s an important resource for our expanding community. As an accredited arboretum with 289 acres of trees, woodlands, prairies, and streams, our park invites exploration and discovery. We want children to learn the crucial importance of conservation and science education in engaging and meaningful ways.

Now MDC will provide experienced educators to teach year-round, inquiry-based learning activities that connect children with the natural world. We cannot wait to help cultivate a generation of investigative minds and science enthusiasts!

“MDC is excited about this new partnership because it provides us additional opportunities to help people in St. Louis City experience nature first hand. Tower Grove Park is an excellent touchpoint to bring the natural world home to our urban residents,” said MDC Outreach and Education Regional Supervisor Jennifer Fakes.

The new educational programs will expand on what MDC currently offers in other St. Louis City parks. Upcoming programs include:

Babes in the Woods: August Sensations | Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 9-10 a.m.

  • Open to ages 0-3

  • Introduce your little one to summer’s sights, sounds and shades. Meet at the New Comfort Station near the Kingshighway entrance in Tower Grove Park.

  • Register online

Nature in Your Neighborhood: Bugs | Monday, Aug. 19 from 10-11:30 a.m.

  • Open to ages 6-12

  • Spy, collect, observe, and expand your awareness of bugs. Bring your skills, and we will outfit you to catch some bugs to see them close-up. This program meets at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.

  • Register online

What Makes a Mammal? | Friday, Sept. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Open to ages 7-12

  • Missouri’s mammals come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Join us for fun mammalian activities which illustrate what make a mammal. Meet at the New Comfort Station near the Kingshighway entrance in Tower Grove Park.

  • Registration begins Sept. 6 online

All programs are free of charge; however, advanced online registration is required.

Michelle Lawrence