Plan Your Visit

Park visitor center entrance with red roses.
Park visitor center entrance with red roses.

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Plan Your Visit!


There are many things to see and do at George Washington Carver National Monument. Whether you have half an hour or half a day, visit us and experience the history and beauty of the park. The park is the birthplace and childhood home of the famed scientist, educator, and humanitarian. Established in 1943, it is the first unit of the National Park Service dedicated to an African American.


Visitor Center
The visitor center has information, a museum, interactive exhibits about history and science, classrooms for programs on George Washington Carver’s life, an observation deck, a 26-minute film entitled, Struggle and Triumph The Legacy of George Washington Carver, and park store.

Carver Trail
The one-mile, self-guiding loop leads you into the woodlands, across streams, and along a tallgrass prairie restoration area. You can see the birth site of George Washington Carver, the Boy Carver statue and the 1881 Moses Carver house, and graves of Moses and Susan Carver (George Washington Carver is buried at Tuskegee University in Alabama).

Guided Tours of the Carver trail are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The ranger-led guided tour of the Carver trail interprets the childhood and life of George Washington Carver. Allow one hour and 15 minutes for the guided tour. Tours begin at the visitor center.

Carver Trail Map

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2021 Schedule of Park Special Events

Special event are subject to change as circumstances and guidance evolves from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State/local public health officials.


Art in the Park – April 17 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops with pastels, natural dyes, pencil, and more. Kids can earn a special “Art in the Park” Junior Ranger badge.

Park Prescription Day – April 24 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Give yourself the gift of better health with a visit to the park. Park Rx Day is founded on the idea that parks can be gateways to good health-providing fun, accessible places to get some physical activity and to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Activities to get you moving outside will be offered.

National Trails Day - June 5 (8:00 a.m. to noon)
Adventures are meant to be shared. National Trails Day is a great opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a fun experience on a local trail. Join a Ranger for a guided walk around the park's boundary.

Carver Day Celebration – July 10 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Celebrating the establishment of George Washington Carver National Monument, this event features programs interpreting the life of George Washington Carver. Guest speakers, musical groups, a junior ranger station, and exhibitors are also included. Join us for a special day celebrating 78 years of George Washington Carver National Monument!

Storytelling Day – August 21 (10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
This event celebrates the founding of the National Park Service and focuses on stories about U.S. culture and history. Discover these stories in all their diversity! Our history is part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

Prairie Day – September 11 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..)
Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child, this event includes basket weaving, candle-making, Dutch-oven cooking, spinning, weaving, storytelling, musical groups, quilting, a junior ranger station, and more.

National Public Lands Day – September 25 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
This is a nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. Contact the park for more details.

Hispanic Heritage Month – October 9 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates history, heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans past & present. Come learn more through song, dance, foods, and stories.

Holiday Open House – December 11 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
The park staf and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration with seasonal music, crafts, and refreshments.

All events are free of charge!


Last updated: January 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

Phone:

417.325.4151

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