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.


National Park Service Announces Free Public Event in Partnership with Audubon Center for “The Great Backyard Bird Count"

February 02, 2017

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, the Great Backyard Bird Count comes to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. This worldwide citizen science initiative creates a snapshot of birds all across the globe and answers “big picture” questions about what’s happening to bird populations and the climate. Last year more than 160,000 people from more than 130 countries participated.

The Great Backyard Bird Count event is free to the public, and will focus on birds and their life cycle, the importance of citizen science and bird watching, and one of our greatest natural resources: the Mississippi River. It is a fun event that allows bird watchers of all ages and skill levels to contribute meaningful scientific data and to help expand our understanding of birds in our own backyard.

Participants will move through several stations at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary to learn about birds and the natural history of the area. There will be booths featuring a living history display of the Lewis & Clark expedition, bird migration on the Mississippi River and birdhouse building; as well as an opportunity to see rehabilitated birds rescued by TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Hot chocolate will be served to keep you warm, and there will be prizes for completing an event passport. This event is made possible by the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

WHAT: Great Backyard Bird Count
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
COST: Free and open to the public

  • Bird count stations led by Audubon Center Staff
  • Lewis & Clark living history programming by Isaiah Frater and Don Schwertfeger, interpretive park rangers at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Mississippi flyway migration talk by Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
  • Geocaching scavenger hunt by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
  • Bird house building by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Education Department staff
  • Birds of Prey and Native Species program (with live birds!) by Tree House Wildlife Center


The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch Visitor Center features The Arch Store and Monument to the Dream documentary movie. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter. The Old Courthouse which features restored courtrooms and gallery exhibits about the Dredd Scott trials, westward expansion and early St. Louis, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.  Programs are free and made possible by the generous support from Jefferson National Parks Association and Bi-State Development.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

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