Gateway Arch National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 28, 2019
ST. LOUIS—National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 celebrates the connection between people and the green spaces in our community. That day, Gateway Arch National Park highlights the importance of caring for our public lands with family friendly activities, including free yoga underneath the Arch, the Great MonArch Migration Event and a Mississippi River cleanup. Activities are free and open to all ages.
“National Public Lands Day is a day to honor our beautiful Earth, conserve it, enjoy it and learn about the many species that call it home,” said Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann, Director of Education, Gateway Arch National Park.
Mississippi River Cleanup: 9 a.m. to noon
Roll up your sleeves and join the National Park Service and other volunteers in cleaning up the downtown St. Louis Riverfront. Participants should meet at the bottom of the Grand Staircase, located below the Gateway Arch along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard. Bags and gloves will be provided. Online registration is required. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and breakfast bagels. (Weather permitting.)
Yoga Under the Arch: 9 to 10 a.m.
Yoga Buzz instructors lead a yoga session for all ages and experience levels under the Arch. (Weather permitting.)
The Great MonArch Migration Event: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration with NPS and the City of St. Louis. Pollinator experts from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Master Naturalists, Missourians for Monarchs, Brightside St. Louis and the Audubon Center at Riverlands lead monarch-themed activities in front of the Arch’s west entrance, including: monarch gardening tips, pollinator crafts and games, butterfly face painting and butterfly canvas painting. Free native plants and cookies will be available while supplies last. Event sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway and the Missouri Department of Conservation. (If it is raining, the Great MonArch Migration Event will move inside to the Arch Visitor Center.)
Walk with an NPS Ranger: 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Get your steps in and take in the sights and sounds of nature with a ranger-led walk around the 91-acre Gateway Arch National Park. Meet at the west entrance of the Gateway Arch. (Weather permitting.)
NPS Fee-Free Day: All Day
NPS has designated National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28 a fee-free day, in which the entrance fee at all NPS sites is waived. At Gateway Arch National Park, the $3 entrance feel included in each adult Tram Ride to the Top ticket and adult Documentary Movie ticket is waived.
Gateway Arch Visitor Reminders
Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the new glass west entrance, which faces the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free.
Gateway Arch National Park does not have designated on-site visitor parking. A list of parking locations near the park can be found at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the park.
The Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch sells out early and often. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tram ride tickets in advance at gatewayarch.com/buytickets. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time. For more information, visit nps.gov/jeff or gatewayarch.com, or call 877-982-1410.