ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Celebrates National Park Week

April 04, 2016

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th year of service during National Park Week, April 16-24, with free activities at the Old Courthouse and tram rides for a fee to the top of the Gateway Arch.  Children are especially invited to learn about the National Park Service with interactive programs that commemorate the nation’s expansion and the diversity of its people. 

“National Park Week is a wonderful time to celebrate the history of the national parks, and introduce the rich legacy of historic landmarks and historical figures to a new generation of visitors and park stewards,” said Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “National parks are the people’s parks. We invite our neighbors and visitors to discover the park for the first time, or to return to explore new features like the renovated Luther Ely Smith Square while the grass is greening and the trees are leafing out.” 

Special events and learning stations are planned for National Junior Ranger Day on April 16.  On April 23 and 24, park rangers and park volunteers at the Old Courthouse will share the National Park story through painting, music, photography, living history and literature.

National Junior Ranger Day: April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children ages 5-15 can earn special patches and badges for activities offered in celebration of National Junior Ranger Day. They are also invited to dress up like an NPS Ranger and take a selfie with Ranger Gerald Ford’s likeness.

  • Junior Ranger Night Explorer Workshop, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.: Join our Sky Ranger for a unique night sky workshop and earn a special Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch (available April 16 only).
  • Earn a limited-edition Junior Ranger badge, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Children can earn a special badge commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by completing a craft projected related to American pioneers, Plains Indians, colonial St. Louis, or Lewis and Clark.

NPS Centennial Book Signing: April 23 and 24, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Jefferson National Parks Association hosts a special book signing of The Wonder of It All: 100 Stories from the National Park Service, in which current and former NPS employees and volunteers recount personal stories of living and working in America’s national parks. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site Superintendent Tim Good, photographer David Dawson and longtime Interpretive Park Ranger Nancy Hoppe will sign books and to chat about their own journeys serving the national parks

Henry Chouteau Mock Trial: April 23 and 24, 2:00 p.m.
Visitors can become the judge, lawyers, defendant, plaintiff and other courtroom characters in a re-enactment of the Henry Chouteau v. City of St. Louis trial, a key case that challenged the ownership of the Old Courthouse.

Birthday Party with Cake: April 24, 12:00 p.m.

Happy birthday, NPS! Join Park Rangers in celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday year with a slice of birthday cake (while supplies last).

WHERE:         Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Old Courthouse Rotunda

11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

WHEN:           April 16-24, 2016

COST:             All Old Courthouse activities and events are free and open to the public.

PARKING AND ROAD CLOSURES REMINDER: A list of several downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch is available at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check www.gatewayarch.com/directions for up-to-date information on road detours and construction news before their visit.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.gatewayarch.comwww.nps.gov/jeff, or www.facebook.com/gatewayarchNPS; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance.

EVERY KID IN A PARK: All fourth graders and their families have FREE access to hundreds of America’s public parks, lands and waters—including the Gateway Arch!—with the Every Kid in a Park voucher. Go to www.everykidinapark.gov before your park visit to print off your voucher.

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