Forest Park Forever offers a wide variety of free walking tours throughout the year. Explore the "heart of the park," learn about the many wildflowers found in the Park's Nature Reserve System or revisit the past on an historical tour with one of our knowledgable volunteers.

 

Heart of the Park Walking Tours

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

  • FREE to the public
  • Bring your family, friends and leashed pets
  • Tours last approximately one hour
  • Pace is leisurely; covers approximately 1.5 miles
  • Reservations are not required
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Held rain or shine (may be canceled in severe weather or at staffs’ discretion)

2017 Schedule

 
  • September 9, From Parking Lot to Prairie, led by Josh Wibbenmeyer
    • Meet at Steinberg Skating Rink Parking Lot
  • September 16, Successions of a Savanna, led by Amy Witt
    • Meet at the trailhead on Government Drive near Wells Drive
  • September 23, The Wonders of the Waterway, led by Theo Smith 
    • Meet at Steinberg Skating Rink Parking Lot
  • September 30, The Wintering of Government Hill, led by Tony Boudreau  
    • Meet at the World’s Fair Pavilion
  • October 7, Fall Color on Art Hill, led by Jim Wagner     
    • Meet at Apotheosis of St. Louis on Art Hill
  • October 14, Island in the Sun: Parking Lot Gardening, led by Chris Kelly 
  • October 21, Fall’s Rich Pageantry, led by Mark Halpin
    • Meet at intersection of West Pine Blvd. & Grand Drive
  • October 28, Taking the Outside In for Decor
    • Meet at the World’s Fair Pavilion
 
 

Wildflower Walks in Forest Park

Last Tuesday of Every Month from April-October | 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Join Forest Park Forever's Nature Reserve Steward Josh Wibbenmeyer for informal, fun and educational plant walks that will explore the many native wildflowers found within the Park’s Nature Reserves. More than 500 native plant species occur within our Nature Reserves, and we are discovering more every year. Come out for a walk to test your knowledge, learn about the amazing diversity found within the hidden gems of Forest Park and maybe make a new discovery yourself. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

  • Walks typically cover 1-1.5  miles of easy to occasionally moderately difficult walking trails
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather
  • No special equipment is needed, but feel free to bring field guides, a hand lens and/or a camera. 
  • Registration is preferred – RSVP to Jean Turney at jturney@forestparkforever.org
  • Held rain or shine (may be canceled in severe weather or at Staffs’ discretion)

2017 Schedule

  • August 29, Prairie near Steinberg: Summer Wildflowers
  • September 26, Deer Lake Savanna: Grasses
  • October 24, Kennedy Forest: Trees
    • October's tour date is adjusted because of Halloween
  • April 25, Round Lake Vista: Spring Wildflowers
  • May 30, Deer Lake Savanna: Spring Wildflowers
  • June 27, Kennedy Forest & Savanna: Summer Wildflowers
  • July 25, Hidden Creek Savanna: Summer Wildflowers

Guided Tours From Forest Park Forever

  • These tours are led by Forest Park Forever volunteers.
  • Tours are scheduled for small groups (up to 10 people for walking tours).
  • Tours are scheduled based on volunteer availability, at a mutually agreeable date and time and must be arranged at least two-three weeks in advance.
  • There is no fee; however, a donation to Forest Park Forever is highly appreciated.
  • For more information, or to inquire about booking a group walking tour or a hop-on bus guide, please contact Forest Park Forever at tours@forestparkforever.org or call 314.367.7275.

Walking Tours

Join us for a walk in Forest Park!

  • Walking tours are leisurely paced and cover approximately 1.5 miles
  • Tours typically start and end at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center
  • We suggest attendees dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes

Then & Now Tours

Learn about Forest Park's part, present and future.

  • These tours take place by request on Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Fall 2016 Schedule: Thursday, October 6 through Thursday, November 17, 2016.
  • Reservations are required. Email historytours@forestparkforever.org by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday the day before your requested tour. Please provide your name, cell phone and the number in your party. A volunteer will confirm your tour.
  • Tours meet in the lobby of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center - 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park.

Bus Tours

A dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable pool of volunteers offer hop-on tour guide services to groups and organizations that have their own transportation. 

  • Group/organization must provide their own transportation and 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.
  • Tours take approximately an hour to complete, depending on Park traffic conditions.