Things To Do

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


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 inactive 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 gift shop
  • 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.


2020 Schedule of Park Special Events

Art in the Park – April 18 (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 25 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 6 (8:00 a.m. – noon)
Come take a hike at the park and learn more about NPS trails, local trails, hiking safety, nutrition, and more.

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 11 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Join us for a special day celebrating 77 years of George Washington Carver National Monument! This event features programs interpreting the life and legacy of George Washington Carver. Guest speakers, musical groups, a Junior Ranger station, and exhibitors are also included.

Storytelling Day – August 22 (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 12 (10:00 a.m. - 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 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.

Holiday Open House – December 12 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration with seasonal music, crafts, and refreshments.

All events are free of charge!

Last updated: January 8, 2020

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5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840



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