Things To Do

A man and child listening to George Washington Carver on headphones.
Visitors enjoying an interactive exhibit in the Carver Discovery area.  

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Things To Do!

There are many things to do and see at George Washington Carver National Monument:
  • Watch the park film, Struggle and Triumph: The Legacy of George Washington Carver (28 minutes)
  • Tour three floors of museum exhibits on the life and legacy of George Washington Carver
  • Kids can explore interactive exhibits in the Discovery Area
  • Participate in Junior Ranger programs
  • Take the one-mile Carver walking trail
  • Guided tours of the trail take place daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Explore the park store
  • Annual Special Events
  • Check the web calendar for upcoming programs


If you are planning a trip to Missouri, visit the official Missouri Tourism website for additional things to do around the state.

 
A women speaking at the podium during a Carver Day celebration.
Past Carver Day special guest speaker, Marilyn Nelson.

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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. - 3:00 p.m.)
Get outside and move! Learn about the natural aspects of our park by spending time on the former 240-acre Moses 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 Event
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 5-12 ONLINE Event
Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child, this year, the event will be ONLINE by visiting our social media platforms. There will be a week of Prairie Day posts, videos of cultural demonstrations, and past performances of musical groups and storytellers. Kids can also earn a Junior Ranger badge by answering daily challenge questions.

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 Day – October 10 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to American society. Come learn more about this culture through song, dance, foods, and interpretation.

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!
 

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    Last updated: November 30, 2020

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