Outdoor Walks & Tours

Bring family and friends on these leisurely Forest Park outings. Walks range from a short stroll up to 1.5 miles. Held rain or shine (except in severe weather), so dress appropriately!

Questions? Please email learn@forestparkforever.org.


Heart of the Park Walking Tours

Take a behind-the-scenes tour in various areas in Forest Park led by Forest Park Forever horticulturists.

select Fridays | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

  • FREE to the public

  • Bring your family, friends and leashed pets

  • Tours last approximately one hour

  • Reservations are not required

2019 schedule

May 10, Spring Flowering Trees

  • Please meet at the World’s Fair Pavilion

June 14, Natives in Ornamental Displays

  • Please meet at West Pine & Grand Drive

September 6, Top Performing Annuals

  • Please meet at the Visitor and Education Center

October 18, Fall Flowering Trees

  • Please meet at Steinberg Skating Rink

 
 
 

Wildflower Walks in Forest Park

Join us for an informal, fun and educational walk to explore Forest Park’s native wildflowers and more! Over 500 native plant species thrive within our Nature Reserve, with more being discovered every year.

2019 Schedule

April 30, Round Lake Vista: Spring Wildflowers

  • Please meet at Grand Drive near the Fish Hatcheries

May 28, Kennedy Forest: Spring Wildflowers

  • Please meet at Picnic Pavilion #11

August 27, Deer Lake Savanna: Summer Wildflowers

  • Please meet at the Visitor and Education Center

September 24, Round Lake Vista: Fall Wildflowers

  • Please meet at Grand Drive near the Fish Hatcheries


Then & Now Tours

Learn about Forest Park’s past, present and future on this walk led by Forest Park Forever volunteers. Meet in the lobby of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park.

2019 Schedule

These tours take place by request on Thursday mornings.

  • April 18-July 25 (except July 4) and September 5-November 14

  • Tour times are 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration for this event is required. If a registration is not received by 5:00 p.m. the evening before, the tour will be cancelled.


Guided Group Tours

A dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable pool of volunteers offer guided walking tours and hop-on tour guide services to groups and organizations that provide their own qualified transportation. There are no fees for the following tours; however, a donation to Forest Park Forever is highly appreciated.

Walking Tours

  • Tours are scheduled based on volunteer availability, at a mutually agreeable date and time. We respectfully request a three week notice for guided group tour requests.

  • Tours take approximately one hour, depending on pace or traffic conditions in the Park. 

Hop-On Tours

  • Group/organization must provide their own qualified transportation and a driver. 

  • Tn order to best serve both the group and volunteer guide, transportation is required to have an amplified sound system as well as air conditioning/heating. We also request that a seat be held for the tour guide behind or next to the driver. 

  • In order to best serve both the group and volunteer guide, transportation is required to have an amplified sound system as well as air conditioning/heating. We also request that a seat be held for the tour guide behind or next to the driver. 

  • Hop-on tours cover the majority of the Park. The tour route may be altered due to traffic conditions, events in the Park and/or construction and street closures.

For more information, or to inquire about group tour booking; please please email tours@forestparkforever.org or call 314.367.7275.