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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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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 »

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Student volunteers

Student volunteers from St. Louis Community College help National Park Service employee Martin Christensen plant a tree on the Arch grounds.


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Project Green Tree 2009

Saturday April 4, 2009, 31 students from St. Louis Community College volunteered their time at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for the planting of 24 trees. The volunteers worked for six hours planting and picking up sticks on the grounds. The students are from Deborah Hyland's English class.

students planting trees

College student volunteers dig a hole on the Arch grounds, to plant one of twenty-four trees in the park.


The trees were being funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation, through a
T.R.I.M. (Tree Resource Improvement & Maintenance) $10,000.00 matching funds grant. The trees were being planted to replace trees that had been removed due to storm damage or disease.

The students were under the supervision of Deborah Hyland, English instructor from the college, and Jim Jacobs, park grounds maintenance Gardner Supervisor, as well as park grounds maintenance personnel.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...