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 lead 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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2020 Schedule of Park Special Events

Art in the Park – April 18 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED
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 25 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED
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 6 Virtual Event
This event has been moved to a virtual format. Watch the park’s social media sites for online programming.

National Get Outdoors Day – June 13 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Get outside and move! Learn about the natural aspects of our park by spending time on the 240-acre Carver farm. Guided tours, activities, and park partners will be present as you venture outside.

Carver Day Celebration – July 14 Virtual Event
Join us this year on the park’s social media sites for a special day celebrating 77 years of George Washington Carver National Monument! This will also feature online stories about the life and legacy of George Washington Carver.

Storytelling Day – August 22 ONLINE
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 12 ONLINE
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 26 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 – September 15-October 15 ONLINE
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates history, heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans past & present. Join the celebration on our social media platforms.

Winter Holiday Season – December
Can you smell the evergreen boughs? It’s December and there is much anticipation about the holiday season! Although we cannot host Holiday Open House this year, follow our social media platforms throughout the month for a series of stories about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the yule log, and the historical significance of New Year’s Day for enslaved African Americans.

All events are free of charge!

Last updated: November 1, 2020

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5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840



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