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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - May/June 2018 

It's camping season in St. Charles County Parks!

Best Camping Around! 

It’s camping season in St. Charles County Parks! With 43 tent camping sites and six camping cabins at Klondike Park near Augusta, and a large group camping area at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville, we've become a premier camping destination for bicyclists traveling on the Katy Trail, families, scouts and organizations throughout the year. 

Our camp sites are $10 per night and accommodate two tents and five guests; camping cabins are $65 per night; and our group camping site is $75 per night for up to 100 guests with a two night minimum. 

Just opened this season: Reserve one of our five new scenic tent camping sites situated on the bluff overlooking Klondike Park. Once you've camped in the heart of Missouri's wine country, you'll want to come back every year! 

To make a camping reservation for the group camping area, call the parks department at 636-949-7535. To book a camp site or camping cabin at Klondike Park, visit us online at or call the department.

Congratulations to St. Charles County Park Ranger for receiving a Life Saver Award!
Park Ranger Honored 
Congratulations to St. Charles County Park Ranger John (Trey) Bugh for receiving a Life Saver Award for his extraordinary service and dedication to the department!
This honor comes after Bugh saved the life of a guest in cardiac arrest in the park.

When the emergency call came out, Bugh was minutes away and the first to arrive on the scene at the 
Quail Ridge Lodge. When he entered the facility, he quickly sprang into action, relieving the person who was administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to a women. After retrieving the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the lodge, Bugh sent a shock to the woman's heart, causing it to beat in a normal rhythm again. Bugh's quick response time and specialized training saved the women's life. 

Not only are all St. Charles County Park Rangers re-certified every two years in the use of CPR and AED, they also receive annual training in tactical communications, firearms proficiency, opioid strategy, use of force and understanding mental health issues.

Our thanks to Ranger John Bugh and all our rangers who work diligenty and purposefully every day to ensure that our parks visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.  

To hear more about Bugh's life saving event, watch the story on the St. Charles County Parks Facebook page at    .  
High School Sports Exhibit opens April 1 at Heritage Museum.

Certified Nature Classroom = FUN!    

If you haven't had the opportunity to visit our Certified Nature Explore Classroom (NEC) at Towne Park near Wentzville, put it on your list of 'must do's' this summer.  This one-of-a-kind nature play place has become a popular destination for thousands of children, families, educators, and scouting organizations from across the region, since it opened in 2012.  

Certified by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation for the past six years, this magical play place features 11 learning stations that support skill development in children by reconnecting them with the outdoors. The stations include, a Gathering Area, Music and Movement Area, Open Play Area, Messy Materials Area, Sand Play Area, Nature Art Area, Wildflower Area, Building Area, Balance Area, Water Area and new this year, a Re-Tire Area. 

The NEC is open every day, from 7 a.m. to half-hour after sunset. Visit the NEC on your own, or register your school, scouts, church or homeschool group for an educational outreach program in the park. Children ages 4–12 discover nature and history in new and exciting ways when they participate in a group field trip at Towne Park. 

For more information about scheduling an educational outreach program at Towne Park, visit or call us at 636-949-7535. 

Every Friday Night weather permitting, view the stars and constellations in the sky at Broemmelsiek Park's Astronomy Viewing Area.

View Mars, Meteors and Stars 

Mark your calendar! Two mesmerizing events in the night sky will be visible from our Astronomy Viewing
Area at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance this
summer—the Opposition of Mars on July 28–Aug. 13
and Perseid Meteor Showers on Aug. 12–13.

During Opposition of Mars, the Earth will pass 35.8 million miles away from Mars, between the sun and the red planet. Mars viewing is best several hours after sunset when the heat of the day has completely radiated off.

The annual Perseid Meteor Showers will peak on the night of Aug. 12 and early morning
hours of Aug.13. A new moon creates dark skies and excellent conditions to see these shooting stars at the park.  

In addition to these summer events, the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) hosts Friday Night Public Stargazing at Broemmelsiek Park. Weather permitting, come out to view the stars and constellations in the night sky. Advance registration advised for groups of 10 or more. 

For more information about these astronomical events, visit ASEM online at or email 

Shop handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts in the gift shop at The Historic Daniel Boone Home.

Shop Unique Handcrafted Gifts  

Give a unique gift to that special someone this year by shopping St. Charles County Parks! The recently remodeled souvenir gift shop at The Historic Daniel Boone Home has handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion. Stop by and pick up something for everyone! Choose from handmade soaps, tea, spices, preserves, honey, candy, jewelry, mugs, books and more! The gift shop is open from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Saturday and 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call the gift shop at The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 636-798-2005. 

More Events and Important Dates

May 18: Friday Night Public Stargazing
May 18: Late Skate and Ride
May 18: Mountain Bike Night Ride
May 19: Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest 
May 25: Friday Night Public Stargazing  
May 31: Homeschool Day 
June 1: Mountain Bike Night Ride
June 1: Friday Night Public Stargazing
June 2: Disc Golf Clinic
June 2: YAP Lock-In
June 7: National Boone Day
June 8: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
June 8: Movies in the Park 
June 9: Bike Safety Rodeo
June 11–15: Camp YAP
June 11–15: Nature Camp 
June 12 & 13: Fish University 101
June 15: Friday Night Public Stargazing
June 15: Mountain Bike Night Ride
June 16: Father's Day Grill Out
June 18–22: Park Explorer Kids Club
June 20: Fish University 102
June 21: National Go Skateboarding Day
June 22: Friday Night Public Stargazing
June 25–29: Camp YAP
June 27: Fish University 103
June 29: Friday Night Public Stargazing
June 29: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
June 30: Sunset Sizzler 
June 30 & July 1: Military History Weekend
July 1: Dark 2 Dawn Trail Run 
July 6: Friday Night Public Stargazing
July 7: YAP Lock-In
July 8: Broemmelsiek Challenge 
July 9–13: Camp YAP
July 9–13: Park Explorer Kids Club
July 11: Fish University 104
July 13: Movies in the Park 
July 13: Friday Night Public Stargazing
July 13: Mountain Bike Night Ride
July 14: Hands-On Heritage: Soap Making
July 16–20: History Explorer Kids Club 
July 20: Friday Night Public Stargazing
July 23–27: Camp YAP
July 23–27: Boone Summer Camp 
July 25: Concerts in the Park
July 27: Friday Night Public Stargazing

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