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Earn Your Riverboat Explorer Badge Aboard a St. Louis Riverfront Cruise

Male park ranger standing in front of the Tom Sawyer Riverboat. He is holding the Junior Ranger Riverboat booklet and the button you get when you complete the booklet.
Ranger Rich displays the Riverboat Explorer Junior Ranger Booklet and Button

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News Release Date: August 18, 2023

Contact: Pam Sanfilippo, 314-503-0184

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 15, 2023) — Gateway Arch National Park and the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are teaming up to offer a new National Park Service Junior Ranger Program titled Riverboat Explorer! A limited time offering, the Riverboat Explorer Junior Ranger Program invites young explorers to set sail on the mighty Mississippi and learn about river travel, historic St. Louis, invasive species and more.

“At Gateway Arch National Park the Junior Ranger program aims to help kids learn about St. Louis as the Gateway to the West in a fun and interactive way,” said Pam Sanfilippo, Program Manager of Museum Services and Interpretation with the National Park Service. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with park partner and riverboats operator Bi-State Development to provide a new Junior Ranger program to park visitors.”

The program is offered daily (now through Labor Day) during the 1:30 PM and 3 PM, one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruises. See the Park Ranger onboard to get your Riverboat Explorer Junior Ranger activity book.

The books include fun, educational activities, such as word scrambles, puzzles, illustrations, critical thinking exercises and more. Complete as many activities as you can and show your activity sheet to the Park Ranger onboard to receive your badge.

To learn more about the Riverboat Explorer Junior Ranger Program visit or call 877-982-1410.

Searching for another Junior Ranger activity? Head inside the Gateway Arch and stop by the Visitor Center to pick up the Gateway Arch Junior Ranger activity book- available year-round.

ABOUT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK: Gateway Arch National Park is a unit of the National Park System that commemorates Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a unified continental nation and St. Louis’ role as the gateway to the American West during the 19th century and preserves the Old Courthouse as the site of the Dred Scott case. The park includes the Gateway Arch, the Arch grounds and the Old Courthouse, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. Admission to the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free, and most programs are free of charge and open to the public. Many programs and events at the park benefit from the generous support from park partners Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Jefferson National Parks Association and Bi-State Development. The Gateway Arch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer season and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter season. The park grounds are open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round. The Old Courthouse is currently closed. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information about Gateway Arch National Park, visit

ABOUT THE RIVERBOATS AT THE GATEWAY ARCH: The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch—the BeckyThatcher and the Tom Sawyer—are a short walk from the Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station and offer a variety of Mississippi River excursions with unique themes and breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline, including the popular St. Louis Riverfront Cruise, Blues Cruise, Sunday Brunch cruise and more. A complete 2023 sightseeing cruise schedule can be found at

Last updated: August 18, 2023

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