GATEWAY TO THE STARS SERIES:
Gateway to the Stars returns for its 12th year! Learn about astronomy and space with the National Park Service and the St. Louis Astronomical Society. Each virtual program will air live on the St. Louis Astronomical Society’s Facebook page (facebook.com/stlastro) and includes a presentation by a guest speaker, a planetarium-style tour of the night sky, and a live or recorded video of the moon, stars and planets.
NATIONAL KINDS IN PARKS DAY:
Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Kids to Parks Day invites kids and families to discover and explore America’s parks, public lands and waters. Gateway Arch National Park hosts four virtual sessions on May 15 in celebration of Kids to Parks Day, where kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge or an Every Kid Outdoors pass. Pre-registration for the sessions is required at https://bit.ly/2QJ6h7H.
To earn a special “Nature Cat” Junior Ranger badge, kids should watch at least one session, take a screenshot of the program and send a direct message to Gateway Arch National Park on Facebook (facebook.com/gatewayarchnps) with one fact they learned.
Fourth graders can earn a voucher that qualifies them to receive an Every Kid Outdoors pass that waives park entrance fees at every national park site in the country for summer 2021. To earn the voucher, fourth graders must attend the "NPS 101" virtual session, take a screenshot of the program and send a direct message to Gateway Arch National Park on Facebook (facebook.com/gatewayarchnps) with one fact they learned.
Pre-registration is required at https://bit.ly/2QJ6h7H.
10:00 - Yoga for Kids - Yoga for Kids participants will enjoy using games and discussion to experience the many benefits of yoga. During the session, students will practice key components of yoga such as breathwork, movement, relaxation and reflection. They will be encouraged to continue to apply their learning “off the mat” through journaling, drawing, or other activities.
11:00 - Reading with a Ranger - Join us as we talk about the Hidatsa people and their way of life. We will be reading Buffalo Bird Girl. The book tells the story of “Maxidiwiac,” or Buffalo Bird woman. She was a Hidatsa woman who lived at the Knife River Indian Villages. In the book you will learn more about the culture, history, and everyday life. After reading we will be doing a fun crafting activity creating our own buffalo robes!
12:00 - Building the Dream: Constructing the Gateway Arch – Step back into the 1960s with Ranger Rich to discover how the tallest national monument in the United States was conceived, designed and built.
1:00 - NPS 101 - Who owns the National Parks? You do! Join Ranger Erin to learn about the National Park Service and its mission to preserve and protect our nation's resources.
BATTLE OF ST. LOUIS COMMEMORATION:
Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the National Park Service at the south reflection pond of the Arch grounds to learn about St. Louis’ role in the American Revolution and how citizens of St. Louis defended their village from the British attack on St. Louis on May 26, 1780. Living History volunteers will conduct musket and cannon firing demonstrations.
1821 STATEHOOD CELEBRATION:
Saturday, July 3
Happy 200th birthday, Missouri! Celebrate the Fourth of July 1821 style in honor of the state’s bicentennial with Living History demonstrations and much more. Further details about this event will be shared on the park’s Facebook page (facebook.com/gatewayarchnps).
RANGER-LED RIVERBOAT CRUISES:
Saturdays & Sundays through May 28, 1:30 p.m.; Daily May 29 through September 6, noon and 1:30 p.m.
At the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, located below the Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront, an NPS ranger leads the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise that highlights the history of St. Louis and the role the Mississippi River plays today. $21/adults; $11/kids ages 3-15; $19/seniors (ages 60 and older); free for kids under 3.
Last updated: May 7, 2021