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    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut, Market St. and Pine St. bridges are closed. This leaves Walnut St. as the only point of entry to the Arch grounds from the city. If you park in the Arch garage there is access from the north end of the park. See maps. More »

Be A Junior Ranger


Young visitors to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial can earn a Junior Ranger badge at either the Old Courthouse or the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch.

Click the following links for the Old Courthouse Junior Ranger book or the Museum of Westward Expansion book.

By completing the activities in either Junior Ranger booklet, children ages 5-17 years-old learn about the people, places and events related to St. Louis history and America's westward expansion during the 1800s.

Junior Ranger booklets are available at the information desk at either the Gateway Arch or the Historic Old Courthouse. After completing the activities in the booklet, children will receive a Junior Ranger badge and Certificate of Achievement. Special Junior Ranger patches can be purchased at the gift shop at either site.

For more information about the Junior Ranger Program at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, please contact Peter Hovey at 314.655.1637.


Family Junior Ranger Experiences

Free summer programs provide an interactive Junior Ranger experience for family groups at the Museum of Westward Expansion, the Old Courthouse, and the Gateway Arch Grounds. All activities are directed by park staff. Participants receive a Junior Ranger button.

Click here for a flyer with program descriptions, dates, and information on how to register.

Aida Frey Junior Ranger

On a stop at the Old Courthouse Junior Ranger Aida Frey of Algonquin, IL shows off the many junior ranger badges she has acquired while visiting numerous National Parks.

Larry Bixby/NPS

Junior Ranger Day: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Participants will explore a number of National Park sites related to exhibits in the Museum of Westward Expansion. Sing campfire songs with a NPS ranger; dress-up like a NPS ranger (hat, tie and Ike jacket) and take photos next to a life-sized image of Gerald Ford as a seasonal NPS ranger; visit stations in the MWE that highlight park themes and resources (sodhouse, tipi, covered wagon) and information about similar NPS sites (Tallgrass Prairie, Knife River Indian Village, Oregon National Trail); play NPS bingo to win Civil War trading cards featuring NPS Civil War sites and explore a backpack full of special Junior Ranger items available in the Arch Giftshop (Junior Ranger hat and vest, NPS storybook and puzzle).Junior Ranger Day activities are free and offered in conjunction with National Park Week.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Arch Lobby and Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch

Did You Know?

Cartoon fiddle

Pierre Cruzatte and George Gibson brought their fiddles along on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Their music entertained the group on many evenings. Click here to learn more about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. More...