Upcoming Events and Programs

Starry night sky with the moon in upper right and the Gateway Arch in the middle

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.

Saturday, May 8: 8 to 9:30 p.m.
The Globe at Night: National Optical Astronomy Observatory scientist Dr. Connie Walker shares how to get involved in an international campaign to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution. Citizen scientists are invited to measure and submit their night sky brightness observations.

Saturday, June 19: 8 to 9:30 p.m.
The Lives of Stars: What is life like for a bazillion-ton ball of collapsing star dust and how have stars shaped our galaxies and humanity? Local astronomer and former “Dark Ranger” Joel Allen explores star life.

Saturday, July 17: 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Astronomy in the National Parks: Space Art Travel Bureau Director and Night Sky Ambassador Dr. Tyler Nordgren takes participants on a virtual tour of night sky opportunities available in America’s national parks.

Saturday, August 14: 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Kids Explorer Night: Kids ages 5-12 can complete a Junior Ranger Night Explorer activity and earn a special patch with the help of Sky Ranger Rich Fefferman.

Gold Nature Cat Junior Ranger Badge
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.

Events Schedule
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.

Artifical pond surrounded by green grass and a few trees
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.
missouri state flag red white and blue strips one each and the seal of missouri in the center over the strips
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).
Gateway Arch Riverboat
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.
2016 Centennial Pin

March 11, 2021- TBA
The “Find Your Park” and Centennial” pin displays celebrate the 248 National Park Service locations represented in the two lapel pin sets. David Kroese of Loves Park, IL collected the pins during visits to these locations in 2016-16, the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary year. Come down to the Arch and check out this one of-a-kind display and see if you have any of the pins from your previous visits to National Parks. The exhibit is located in the lobby next to the Museum Store.


Keep checking this page for more information about future events
Fee Free Days in 2021
Great American Outdoor Act August 4, 2021
National Park Service Birthday August 25, 2021
National Public Lands Day September 25, 2021
Veterans Day November 11, 2021

Last updated: May 7, 2021

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