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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - March/April 2019

Volunteers Build a Legacy

Volunteer with the Parks Department and help build a legacy.

Want to be a part of a fun group that contributes to the community in invaluable ways? Then join the Parks Department’s volunteer efforts! Our volunteers are a great gift to the community and an integral part of the development and beautification of our growing regional parks system.

Every year, hundreds of Individuals, groups, businesses, Scouts and other organizations donate thousands of hours giving back to the community by volunteering in our parks. The opportunities are endless. From helping with beautification projects, special events, and trail maintenance to assisting with educational outreach, nature projects, and park development, the Parks Department has something for everyone!

In 2018 alone, hundreds of volunteers dedicated their time, talents, and energy to making a difference by donating 10,543 hours to the Parks Department. According to Independent Sector, the estimated national value for each hour donated is $24.69, which equates to $260,306 in labor donated to serving our that’s priceless!

As part of National Volunteer Week, April 7–13, the St. Charles County Parks Department recognize volunteers for their extraordinary service and dedication at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night. The celebration will be held at the Lodge at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville on Wednesday, April 10.

As the department continues to enhance and develop the County’s regional parks system, volunteer assistance is needed. If you'd like to learn more about park volunteer opportunities and registration, visit or call St. Charles County Parks at 636-949-7535.

Homegrown Baseball Exhibit to Open

The new Major League Baseball Exhibit opens at Heritage Musuem on April 6.

Join us as we usher in spring and baseball with the opening of a brand-new exhibit honoring homegrown Major League Baseball players at the County’s Heritage Museum, located at 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Charles. The exhibit, “Locally Grown: The Major League Baseball Players of St. Charles County” will be revealed at a special public reception from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 6. The free admission includes hot dogs, popcorn, and a chance to win a pair of St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets! The Cardinals vs. Padres game will be playing on our gigantic simulator screen beginning at 1:15 p.m. and guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the game.  

This new exhibit features 21 professional players from St. Charles County, as well as a variety of their personal memorabilia, including former baseball pitcher Mark Buehrle’s Golden Glove Award, the ball from his perfect game, various game jerseys, caps, and more! Other players showcased at the exhibit are Doug Baird, Oscar Fuhr, Nick Cullop, Ham Schulte, Len Schulte, Ken Heintzelman, Jim Pendleton, Len Boehmer, Skip Guinn, Tom Heintzelman, Mike Henneman, Steve Colyer, Dennis Tankersley, Tommy Layne, Ross Detwiler, Tim Melville, Cody Asche, Nate Orf, Jacob Turner, and Brett Graves.

The Heritage Museum is conveniently located near the Page Avenue Extension and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. There is no charge to visit the museum’s interpretive displays which focus on local and state history. The new baseball exhibit is located on the second floor and is not accessible for wheelchairs. For more information about the museum and its exhibits, call 636-255-6000 or visit the Parks Department online at

YAP Admission is FREE in 2019!

Admission to the YAP is FREE in 2019!

Did you hear the news? The Parks Department is offering a special promotion—admission is FREE to the Youth Activity Park in 2019! This means there is no charge to enter or use any of the park's amenities this year.

Gather your friends and climb to the top of our 30-foot indoor rock climbing wall, play a variety of table and video games inside the park complex, and skateboard, scooter or ride your BMX bike on the largest outdoor concrete course in the state of Missouri—all for no chargeA sand volleyball court, and half-court basketball and open play areas are among the other park amenities to enjoy.

This 25-acre park takes extreme sports to the next level with its state-of-the-art, 33,000-square foot skate/bike course. Decked out with nighttime lighting; beginner, intermediate and advanced bowls; a street course; and snake run scattered with ramps; gaps; and hubbas, the course is unlike any other.  

Participants who want to access the rock wall or ride the outside course must have a parent-signed waiver on file. Completed forms can be brought to the park, emailed to, or faxed to 636-561-4963. Parents also may register children online. All youth who are not 12 years of age or in the 6th grade must be supervised by someone 18 years of age or older while using the park. Helmets are required while riding the skate/bike course. 

For more information about the Youth Activity Park, call the park at 636-561-4964 or visit

Summer Camp Registration is Open  

Park summer camp registration is open!

Are you looking for a unique, affordable camp for your children this summer? The St. Charles County Parks Department has a variety of exciting summer camps scheduled at a park near you! Whether it’s a traditional or history camp, Youth Fishing Camp, a day-long adventure or week-long camp for exploring nature, there is a summer program for children of all ages and interests. 
Following are the camps scheduled for this summer:

For more information and to register for summer camps, visit us online at and click on "Activity Registration" in the left menu. Then choose your favorite camp!

Inclusive Egg Hunt for Children

The EGGstravaganza Hunt is April 13 at the YAP.

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie, Saturday, April 13! To celebrate his arrival, we’re hosting several age-specific egg hunts and activities for children of all abilities. This fun-filled program is free, but space is limited and registration is required.   
Bring your basket and join us from 10:30 a.m. to noon for an all-inclusive EGGstravaganza Hunt, co-hosted by the Parks Department, the St. Charles County Police Department and the National Optometric Student Association. In the morning, children ages 3 and under hunt at 10:30 a.m., ages 4–6 at 11:15 a.m., and ages 7–12 at noon. Children with mobility equipment hunt with magnetic sticks; those with visual disabilities hunt beeping eggs. A less stimulating hunt area is available for youth with sensory disabilities. 

Rain or shine, more than 8,000 candy and toy-filled eggs are to be hidden throughout the park’s 25-acre facility. Each age group is in the hunt for a golden egg, and the lucky discoverer receives the grand prize. Photos with the Easter Bunny, egg-themed games, and a special appearance by the Chick-Fil-A Cow and Gateway Guardians Superheroes rounds out the activity schedule. Families are encouraged to bring their camera to capture these special moments.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, each child takes home a prize basket donated by Hayleigh’s Helping Hands with support from Cornerstone United Methodist Church and a Chick-Fil-A guest card. Batteries Plus Bulbs is supplying the batteries for the beeping eggs, Kohl’s 4 Kids and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are giving away bike helmets, Bahama Buck’s is providing free treat vouchers for children, The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis is hosting a craft, and students from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, members of the St. Charles County Ambulance District, Cornerstone Methodist Church and Lutheran High School Roboteers in St. Peters are assisting with the hunts. Blue Line Real Estate Team donated $500 and is the Legacy Sponsor of the event, and Johnson and Johnson Vision donated $100 and is the Friend of the Park Sponsor.  
Don’t miss out on this exciting community event! Registration is limited to 100 children per hunt. Participants are encouraged to register by April 6 by calling the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or online at

More Events and Important Dates

March 8: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 9: St. Charles County Government Expo

March 15: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 16: Search Party 2019
March 22: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 29: FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training 
March 29: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 30: Family Hike and Campfire
March 30: Sappington-Dressel Home: A Heritage Preserved 
March 30: A Day in the Life: Frontier Women (rescheduled)
March 30: Trail Work Day 

April 4: Little Explorer Nature Program
April 5: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 5: Mountain Bike Night Ride 

April 5-7: KIDSZONE at 2019 St. Charles Home Show 
April 6: Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking
April 6: Trail Work Day

April 7: ICCP Challenge
April 10: Volunteer Appreciation Night 
April 12: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 13: EGGstravaganza Hunt
April 13: Trail Work Day

April 14: Show and Tell at the Museum 
April 14: Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave
April 19: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 19: Mountain Bike Night Ride

April 20: Pollinator Party 
April 26: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 27: Farming Ways of the Frontier
May 2: Little Nature Explorers  
May 3: Phenological Walk
May 3: Mountain Bike Night Ride
May 3: Stargazing
May 4: Phenological Walk 
May 4: Insect and Crawly Things
May 10: Stargazing  
May 11: Dirt Pump Track Work Day
May 11: Mother’s Day Tea
May 17: Stargazing
May 17: Late Skate and Ride
May 17: Mountain Bike Night Ride
May 17: Storybook Walk
May 18: Trunk Sale
May 18: Home Brew Fest
May 24: Stargazing
May 29: Bubble Bus Fun
May 30: Home School Day
May 31: Stargazing

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