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Educational Opportunities

Sitting at the crossroads between east and west, north and south, Native American and colonial cultures, the Gateway Arch provides a rich environment for students to learn about America’s history, as well as their own.

We’ll help you plan a program to suit your students’ specific needs and interests.

Planning Your Visit

Free Education Programs Available In-Person or Virtual
All programs are aligned with national, state, and local standards and are designed for groups of all ages. National Park Service rangers facilitate audience-centered programs year round, free of charge. Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance. To make a reservation call 1-877-982-1410.

In-Person Programs
All programs take place at the Gateway Arch National Park. National Park Service rangers facilitate all programs which may include role-playing, decision making, multiple perspectives, analytical thinking, and activities using replica items and historic clothing. Maximum group size is 30 students (one adult for every 10 students.) Please allow 50 minutes for each program.

Virtual Programs
National park rangers will connect with your class via your preferred digital platform. Presentations will take an audience-centered approach using a variety of practices such as period clothing, historic photos, primary sources, show and tell, music and other digital content. Please allow 30-40 minutes for each program.

The $3 National Park entrance fee is waived for bona fide educational groups, for more fill out our Group Inquiry Form and a sales agent will contact you. Please contact the Call Center at (877) 982-1410 to make group reservations for educational programs and other activities at the Arch grounds.

Program topics

Lewis and Clark
Explore the cultures, landscapes and animals encountered by the Corps of Discovery as they traveled and mapped the newly purchased Louisiana Territory.

Trappers and Traders
Bold and audacious, join these adventurers as they learn about the resources of unknown territories, barter and live among American Indians and contribute to the economy of the American frontier.

American Indians of the Great Plains
Compart and contrast your life with that of traditional Plains Indians Tribes during the 1800s. Learn how the land shaped their traditional tribal customs and how westward expansion changed their way of life.

Heading West?
Supply yourself in St. Louis before heading west. Confront some of the same choices early pioneers did while traveling west across prairies, river and mountains to Oregon and California.

St. Louis from the Beginning
In 1764, French fur traders founded St. Louis at what is now the base of the Gateway Arch. Explore its beginnings and how this small yet diverse settlement grew into a thriving river town.

General Museum Tour
Meet the people and hear the stories of those who lived, settled, and worked in the early eighteenth and nineteenth century “west”. The program will include information and activities related to early St. Louis, Lewis and Clark, the fur trade, Plains Indians and pioneers on the trail.

Trial Reenactments (The Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis is closed for renovations)
Gain valuable perspective on history by reenacting one of the historic trials, which took place at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. You will receive a script when you register. A National Park Ranger will facilitate the trial and at the end involve students in the deliberation process as your class becomes jury.

  • Bubble Gum Trial
  • Freedom Suit: Dred Scott v Irene Emmerson
  • Trial for the Right to Vote: Virginia Minor v Happersett
  • Segregation Laws in the 1800s: Williams v Bellefontaine
  • Tort Liability: Franke v City of St Louis

Educational Resources

Traveling Trunks
Bring “hands on” history into your classroom. Trunks are available for a period of two weeks. A list of trunk topics and information on reserving a trunk is available on-line. The cost is $35 or $45, depending on location.

DVD Loan Program
Teachers may borrow DVDs related to westward expansion and the Gateway Arch. Titles and descriptions are available on-line.

Teacher Workshops & In-Services
Each year the education department hosts educator workshops through the year. Please watch our website for upcoming events. The education department can also help schools develop and facilitate workshops for their teachers. To learn more, please call 314-655-1635.

Open Out-doors for Kids Fourth Grade Program (formerly known as Every Kid Outdoors)
Gateway Arch National Park would like to invite you and your 4th grade class for a FREE visit to the park for the “Open Out-doors for Kids” (OOK) program! Thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation, transportation costs for your class visit will be paid in full. This is a three-part program, which includes a pre-visit, a field trip to the Gateway Arch National Park (including a FREE trip to the top of the Gateway Arch), and post-visit elements. A virtual OOK program is also available.

For more information on the resources listed above, please call the Education Department at phone: 314-655-1635 or visit National Park Service website. 

Group Inquiry Form

Groups of 20 or more guests are invited to complete the form below. For groups less than 20, please call (877) 982-1410 to inquire about reservations. Together, we’ll plan an unforgettable experience for your group at the Gateway Arch.

  • Is your event being planned by a third party?
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Accessibility

The National Park Service and its partners welcome all visitors and make many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities in the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch complex, and on the park grounds. The park has accessible exhibits and programs and offers various assistive devices. The new Museum at the Gateway Arch will have multiple accessibility features for physical and programmatic accessibility including tactile exhibits, audio description, computer simulations, and large text reading cards.

We do not offer access for wheelchairs, scooter, or strollers to the top of the Gateway Arch or the Old Courthouse. In consultation with our universal design citizen group, a keystone hub was designed to house a live feed to replicate the view to the west and east from the top of the observation deck of the Gateway Arch.